Monday, April 20, 2009

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles Top Ten

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
"PS: 2-effing-hundred!! Well done, race you to a thousand."
A jovial SBW, congratulating me.

Well, with 200 posts under my belt, I thought it would be interesting to see which are the top ten posts on The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles as voted by you, my faithful readers.

I have to be honest my friends, I was a little surprised with the results. See for yourself!

Patiently waiting...

Number 10:
The Ethical Question: Hunt or Shoot

"If you don't desire to participate in a particular form of hunting, or if you disapprove of a certain practice, then you are well within your rights to discuss it with others. But to discredit it or make claims that you cannot substantiate, that is wrong. We have enough opponents without making more of them within our own ranks."

Number 9:
The Range Reviews: TriSquare eXRS TSX Radio

"I think this is a great value for the money. Clear communications, rugged, programmable, private, and once again reasonably priced."

Number 8:
Boar Hunting: Rifle Calibers Part II

"577 Nitro Express rolls off the tongue with fluidity and grace, whereas 280 Remington doesn't."

Number 7:
The Range Reviews: CMMG Immortal Mags

"CMMG is yet another American company striving hard to produce quality merchandise for the American people."

Number 6:
Hog Hunting Rifles Part I

"The young man had sidled himself up the counter. He turned to me and asked, “What do you consider a good boar hunting rifle?”"

45 LC with 325gr LBTs

Number 5:
The Range Reviews: YHM Black Diamond SpecterUpper

"The machining is exceptional, clean and crisp with no burrs or hooks. Assembly was done by someone who cares, not a mark, scratch, or ding anywhere. The rifle upper had a definite lean, aggressive look to it with the rails, flattop, and jagged flash hider."

Number 4:
Game Reserves and High Fence Hunting

"Claim the privilege of hunting according to the dictates of your own conscience, and allow all hunters the same privilege; let them practice how, where, or what they may."

Number 3:
The Range Reviews: The 416 Ruger and Hawkeye Alaskan

"So when you are in the market for a Dangerous Game Rifle that is rugged, controllable, weather resistant, and accurate, look no further than the Ruger Hawkeye Alaskan."

Number 2:
Boar Hunting: Rifle Calibers Part I

Robert Ruark said "Use Enough Gun." Peter Capstick said, "Use enough gun, but not more than you can handle." To which I add, "Use enough gun, but not more than you can handle, and make sure you can shoot it."

SBW: This is his number One! He's a bit cheeky, and occasionally boorish, but then again, he is a Colonial.
Mrs H: Oh my! He is good isn't he!

"Among the skills you should have, being able to disassemble, clean, and reassemble your Ruger 10/22 magazine is important."

I was really surprised that the Ruger Magazine Tutorial really rocketed to first place over other articles that have been on the blog for a couple of years now. And who would have known that reviews would be so popular?

I was very pleased to find that the articles, Boar Hunting: Rifle Calibers Part I and Boar Hunting: Rifle Calibers Part II were so well received. That was a serious effort, and one that I am pretty proud of.

On another note, I've hit the magical 5000 unique views per month milestone! I want to thank all of you that stop by regularly, and all of the new folks that are now regular readers of the Chronicles. I hope to have even more informative, controversial, enlightening, and fun articles for everyone to enjoy!

Now let me get cracking on the next 800 posts!

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Interesting isn't it that readers come from google searches for reviews of specific products and tutorials.

I was a bit gutted to see that, what to me, is your best work wasn't in the top ten - for me the Chronicles are all about your story telling.

My personal preferences don't take anything away from your MASSIVE achievement, congratulations.

PS "now where's that Ruger catalogue?"

native said...

I will have to concur with the sentiments of SBW Albert.
While I have enjoyed "all" of the top 10 on your site, my personal favorites are by far your storytelling abilities!

It was the "Dog & Hog" story which you placed awhile back which first drew my attention, and then hooked me into being a fan.

200, hip hip Hooya!

Anonymous said...

I do find your reviews very helpful and the way you photograph every step is a huge plus especially for those of us (like me) who are a bit slow to pick it up.

I'm looking forward to your future posts.

Albert A Rasch said...

Thank you very much fellows!

You can see how those kind of statistics can help, or if you aren't paying attention, hinder your efforts in writing.

You can get caught up in chasing the statistics and the numbers, and before you know it, you're writing for "Google."

I write for myself, and by extension my friends. I try to be entertaining and informative, and I believe that I have managed to strike a fair balance between fun and fact.

My favorite stories don't even come close to the top, but I am pretty sure that the folks that have read them, are those that come back repeatedly and have been doing so for a long time.

But I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have if it wasn't for guys and
gals like y'all that enjoy TROChronicles and participate as much as you do!

Thanks to all of you!

Your Friend,

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 200 posts. That's marvelous.

I have to second those who said your stories are their favorite posts. You do have a knack for telling a good story.