2012 was a big year of blogging for me. I branched out in my publishing by partnering with a few amazing blogs, and my readership has grown tremendously. In 2012, Change From Within had approximately 59,000 page views, and the blog had 59 new posts, some short and (hopefully) pithy, and some long and more complex.
There were a few posts from years past that continue to garner huge views on the blog. In case you missed those, check them out!
As we head into 2013, though, it’s time to take stock of the 10 most widely-read pieces of 2012 in case you missed any the first time around.
10. In October, I had the incredible pleasure of serving as the officiant of my close friend’s wedding. After the wedding, I posted the message I shared at the wedding. Coming in at number 10 is that message, Love: Endlessly Selfless and Powerfully Selfish.
9. Unfortunately, my former home of Denver, CO has a serious problem with police brutality. In July, I attended a rally against police brutality that commemorated the death of Alonzo Ashley, a young Black man who was killed by police at the Denver Zoo. The piece that came afterward encouraged White people to begin to consider the ways that our relationships with police (on the whole) are vastly different from the relationships of communities of Color. Coming in at number 9 is Talking Privilege: Waking White People Up to Police Brutality.
8. One of the more important stories of 2012 was the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman. In my piece entitled I am George Zimmerman, I encouraged White folks to understand the ways that everyone who is socialized in our system of White Supremacy is taught to see Black men of any age as the dangerous other. If we want to prevent future murders like that of Trayvon Martin (or Jordan Russell Davis), we have to understand the ways that each of us are trained to fear Black men, and then we must work to uproot that socialization.
7. Sometimes I just have to rant a little, which is what the piece that comes in at number 7 felt like. After their CEO spouted virulently anti-gay hate speech, activists targeted Chick-fil-a for boycotts and protests. Those on the right claimed that such activists were attacking his freedom of speech. In Chick-fil-a: Censorship or Freedom of Speech?, I lay out just how silly that argument actually is.
6. One of the best ways to share intimacy with your partner, whether this is a long-time partner or a short-term hook up, is to take steps to ensure that your sexual relationship is healthy and driven by sexy consent. One way to do that is through a Yes, No, Maybe Chart. My Valentines’s piece laid out just how to use one to ensure your sex is healthy, fun, and fulfilling. Coming in at number 6 is, This Valentine’s Day Try a Yes, No, Maybe Chart.