Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Written by Greg Ellifritz

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz


Seth Godin made a very powerful statement in a recent blog post.


“My most popular blog posts this year…weren’t my best ones. As usual, the most popular music wasn’t the best recorded this year either. Same for the highest-grossing movies, restaurants and politicians doing fundraising.

“Best” is rarely the same as “popular.”  Which means that if you want to keep track of doing your best work, you’re going to have to avoid the distraction of letting the market decide if you’ve done a good job or not.”


I agree 100%.   If find it amazingly interesting.  I generally consider myself a “software” writer.  I like talking about ideas and tactics rather than hardware.  But that isn’t what my readers click on. Out of the 841 articles on my site, only 28 are gun and gear reviews.  Yet 80% of my most popular posts last year were hardware or gear related.


That doesn’t mean that “most popular” is a useless metric.  It is an indication of broad or enduring appeal.  That appeal may not be the market I’m targeting as future students, but it is a group of people who like what I am writing and are sharing it with their friends.  I am attempting to create enduring content, not just “clickbait.”  While I write timely pieces, my overarching goal is to create articles that are just as useful as a reference in years to come as they are interesting today.   By that metric, I am succeeding.  Only three of the top 10 articles were written in 2015.   All others were written as far back as 2012.  In fact, one of the top 10 is the very first article I posted on the site!   That means people are digging back  and finding useful information.   That makes me happy.


So, keeping that in mind that “most popular” doesn’t equal “best”, here were my most popular blog posts (by pageviews)  in 2015….

10) An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power


9) Some Gun Problems from Last Weekend’s Class



8) Dot Torture Shooting Drill


7) A Comparison of .380 Pocket Pistols


6) Appendix Carry


5) Seven Things You Don’t Know about Body Armor


4) How to Help a Cop in a Life Threatening Struggle


3) Are Glocks truly Perfection?


 2) Gun Experts and Their Idiotic CCW Choices


1) Is the .380 acp Adequate for Defensive Use?



These are the top 10 posts by popularity, but by and large, I don’t think they represented my best work.  Stay tuned for next week’s compilation of my best from 2015. Which articles impacted YOUR life the most last year?




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7 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. david says:

    How do you identify your most popular posts? The number of favorable comments? The number of times it is saved? The number of times it is read (does your web host also identify when an article is read via an RSS feed?)?

    • Greg Ellifritz says:

      I use Google Analytics. It gives me a list of all my content and all the pageviews (either on the site, in RSS, or in the email updates).

      This list is most popular based on numbers of times each article was viewed.

  2. vxxc2014 says:

    Those Dot Torture targets were great.

    Not sure I quite followed the drills but excellent training.

  3. Alex says:

    Hi Greg,

    I can not thank you enough for the outstanding (and free) content. You are truly an asset to the community and trainer and LEO profession!

    It is hard for me to say what article in 2015 has most impacted my life (your question to readers); however, I can give some general guide to what I find most interesting and useful (in no particular order):

    At the big scale I really appreciate, digest and integrate into my training and mindset all the tips and tactic related articles based on probable or IRL events such as mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

    Other things that come to mind are ECQB/weapon retention and ground fighting type articles; especially when you take a recent incident and break it down into lessons. These are excellent.

    Likewise are the data based articles you write tailored to what we are most likely to face on the streets given statistics and also recent events.

    Of course I’d be remiss if I failed to also list the excellent “Weekend Knowledge Dumps” – man what a ton of useful info in those!

    In sum, I guess for me I find most useful the TTP articles based on either most likely statistical incidents and/or recent event analyses.

    In closing; I’ll also tell you that your writings/blog is one of the top two that I follow religiously – the other being Claude Werner over at his Tactical Professor Blog and FB page. Thus, you’re in outstanding company my friend.

    I promote both of your works as the two trainers to follow and I hope to some day I have the privilege of training with both of you (and Craig Douglas too)!

    Keep up the good work Sir; thank you so very much for all you do; and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  4. Robert says:


    First, let me just say that I’ve only recently found this site/blog, but I’m loving catching up on the old posts. Truly a wealth of information here.

    Second, this is my first year blogging, and my blog partner and I have found similar results when we look at our stats. One of our most popular posts was a review of sights for a Glock! We’re hardly gear aficionados!

    Finally, your blog qualit–and some things I’ve read by others about yo–have already led me to sign up for one of your classes in VA this year, and I’ll probably register for another. Looking forward to meeting you and training with you.

    Keep up the great work!


  5. Jeremy says:

    Those blog posts may be popular but….definitely not your “best” work as you personally mention. Thanks for all of the critical thinking, mindset, paradigm shifts and real world experience you share. And double thanks for exposure to L-R-B and Mitchell Strength!