So, what did most capture your attention this year? To find out, I looked at the top stories of the year based on page views. One thing that I quickly noticed is that readership is usually higher when I say something is coming than when I later announce that it is here. I’m not sure what to make of that. The other obvious fact is that you guys love stories about business and development.
Let’s start with the articles which just missed the top ten. Finishing in the top 25 places an article in the top nine percent of the 295 articles I’ve published this year, so that’s a pretty select group. The minimum number of page views to make the top 25 this year turned out to be 2,766. To make the top 10 took 4,379 and the first place article amassed 9,172 views.
An interesting side note: Comments often do not indicate the popularity of an article. Sometimes it overlaps: the most commented story (63 comments) wound up number 3 on the most viewed list. The number one most viewed article, however, didn’t rank in the top 25 most commented (18 comments) and the second most commented (55 comments) didn’t crack the top twenty-five most viewed. The same is true with Facebook activity. Some of the articles go crazy on Facebook, but don’t register as strongly with a wide range of viewers.
So, the next fifteen are all business and development with the single exception of two articles about Open Streets. Interest and participation in that were very high. Another interesting note on that first fifteen: most of the stories are about areas outside the heart of downtown. It’s Old City, Depot, Broadway and beyond. It’s where much of the development is happening and people are interested.
So, let’s hit the top ten and see if the trends hold:
So, there you have it. You guys love business and development news. And tamales. It’s been a fun year and I’m already hearing rumblings of openings coming very soon to kick our 2016 off in style, so stay tuned. I’m going to mirror last week and take a couple of days to spend with family, so I’ll re-join you after the New Year with Saturday Sounds. Get out and enjoy some of the spectacular music and parties on New Year’s Eve. I hope to be out in the middle of it, myself. Happy New Year, Ya’ll.