The Matt Yglesias All-Time Slate Top 10

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Feb. 28 2014 4:30 PM

The Matt Yglesias All-Time Slate Top 10

Today is my last day at Slate. I'm excited about the next step in my career but also sad to leave a great team and a great magazine behind.

Most of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had here. I'm enormously indebted to the editors who gave me a shot here; to the copy editors I've tortured with typos; to David Weigel; to Jessica Winter, who edits Moneybox and leads business and technology coverage; and to Emma Roller, who's off to an exciting new job of her own. And of course I'm indebted to Slate's readers—an amazing and growing community whom it's been a pleasure to hear from on a regular basis.

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Moneybox is a great legacy. When I started here I was really honored to step into shoes formerly occupied by Dan Gross and Bethany McLean and my good friend Annie Lowrey, and I know that Jordan Weissmann is going to do a great job with it when he takes over on Monday.*

When Gross stepped down, for his final column he promised that he wouldn't "bore you with a list of greatest hits." My last column is about why burritos matter, so for a valedictory blog post I in fact will bore you with a list of greatest hits. Not just because I'm an attention-starved egomaniac, but because I think Omniture's accounting of my most popular columns is an interesting illustration of the wide diversity of content that does well on the modern Web:

I think you clearly see Annalee Newitz's "Valley of Ambiguity" at work here but beyond that, it's heartening to know that there isn't some one subject that people will read about. An NBER working paper about the geography-specific statistical correlates of teen motherhood is not obvious clickbait. But it's important research on an important question and it's important for journalists to figure out how to make that stuff compelling to people. I'm sorry to say that I never managed to make the Federal Reserve a hit subject, but it's interesting to see that smuggling a little monetary economics through the back door as a post about Game of Thrones worked pretty well and did much better than the average blog post.

At any rate, it's hard to say goodbye, but ... goodbye! Follow me on Twitter or Facebook to see what I get up to for the next few months.

*Correction, Feb. 28, 2014: In true Yglesian fashion, this post originally misspelled the last name of future Slate columnist Jordan Weissmann and the name of the restaurant Chipotle. 

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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