Posted by: Chris | September 21, 2009

A Postmortem on Phallacies

As you guys might remember, we briefly experimentedwith blogging. That blog had a better name and a better header-image but less momentum. After a couple of false starts, we left it to die. I went back today to see who might have been playing with the corpse in our absence. The results were mildly interesting…

First, the most popular post was Miles’ ponderous pondering about the Second Amendment, which had seventy viewers over the span of 3 years. The most popular day was March 8th, 2007, shortly after creation, when we had 43 viewers, thanks to an random mention somewhere in the WordPress universe. Thus most of our initial viewers were solely greeted by this post. We also seemed to have been linked to by wordpress.com/public/nilesgibbs and postworthy.com.

Finally, here are all of the search terms that brought people to Phallacies, with their frequency adjacent:

phallacies 7
biden hair 6
second amendment prefatory clause 6
barry zuckercorn 4
logical phallacies 3
phallacies of reasoning 3
prefatory clause of the second amendment 3
to bear, for purposes of the second amendment 3
joe biden hair 3
what is the meaning of the second amendment 2
disarming sentence 2
prefatory clause in 2nd amendment 2
dworkin semantic originalism 2
the common touch 2
the prefatory clause of the second amendment 2
prefatory clause second amendment 2
joe biden 2
jay cost obama 2
barry zuckercorn biden 2
prefatory clause 2nd amendment 2
second amendment, prefatory clause 2
8th amendment originalism 2
scalia arms defined 1
the prefatory clause in the 2nd amendment 1
what is the prefatory clause of the 2nd amendment 1
the ambiguity of the second amendment 1
antonin scalia grotesque 2nd amendment 1
legal means to disarm the second amendment 1
why is there prefatory clause in the second amendment 1
prefatory clause volokh 2nd amendment 1
what is the prefatory clause of the 2nd amendment 1
ronald dworkin eighth amendment 1
example phallacies of reasoning 1
what is the prefatory clause of the second amendment 1
2nd amendment prefatory clause 1
“second amendment” “prefatory clause” 1
prefatory clause of second amendment 1
second amendment prefatory 1
a sentence with the word disarming 1
military purpose+second amendment 1
\”eighth amendment\” dworkin 1
arms 18th century meaning 1
second amendment \”what are arms\” 1
james wolcott juno 1
prefatory clause in the second amendment 1
what is the prefatory clause of 2nd amendment 1
right to bear arms phrase ambiguous 1
preforatory clasue of the second amendment 1
y 2nd amendment  i right 1
2nd amendment militia prefatory clause 1

There are some nuggets scattered about that list and I will leave you all to excavate them, but I would like to point to two intriguing trends. The first is that a full 38 viewers (a majority of our search engine catch) came to Phallacies via searching for variations on “second amendment” and “prefatory clause,” explaining the popularity of the Second Amendment post and raising the possibility that some sorry soul might have relied on our blog for actual information. The second odd trend is that all of the “phallacies of reasoning” searches came from the past month, at separate times, as if some one had found us in through that spelling-challenged inquiry and made a habit of returning via the same route, which is just bizarre for a number of reasons.

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