Interior of The Press Room, 730 North Broadway, Knoxville, March 2018
I really enjoy looking back each year at what worked, what didn’t and what got the most reader reaction on the blog. The themes are often the same: You enjoy reading about businesses opening and closing and any new development coming our way. Sometimes there are surprises in the most read lists, but it doesn’t usually diverge much from the wheelhouse.
It’s also a good time to measure the growth of the blog and and to look back on changes and additions and how they’ve fared. 2017 featured the second full year of KnoxCentric, the WUTK radio outgrowth of the blog, the podcasts of which are available at the Radio Show Podcast tab above. The WVLT series faded as my exciting new series with Jack Neely on Knoxville Weekend continued to grow and expand. Those videos may be found under the video tab above.
Instagram followers (https://www.instagram.com/knoxvilleurbanguy/), despite the fact that I sometimes let that go for a spell, have grown from about 1,800 to over 2,400. Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InsideofKnoxville/) followers have grown from a bit over 13,000 to over 15,000. Twitter followers grew from about 2,400 to over 3,000. The biggest deal of all, to me, is that Inside of Knoxville, for the first time in its eight year history, got over 1,000,000 page views for the year. That represents about 300,000 people who came to the blog at least once.
All of this is thanks to you. I appreciate every one of you reading my ramblings even when you think one view expressed or another is wacky. I also appreciate the advertisers who make it possible for you to read this for free. Please support them. And you get bonus points if you tell them you saw their ad here.
The annual caveat on what constitutes the most popular or biggest downtown stories: From a reader’s perspective, if an article elicits a lot of comments, it might seem to be a very popular article. As it turns out, some articles generate a lot of conversation, but not as much readership. Other times, a massive readership is generated for an article, but while many people are interested, there just isn’t that much to say. Here’s a list of the ten articles with the most comments this year:
As you can see from the list, you are keen to talk about business and development. So, how does that line up with the most read articles? First, an important footnote on the numbers is important: About 272,000 of those 1,000,000 plus page views were directly to the home page. For that reason, the number doesn’t register for the individual article those people viewed, so the article numbers don’t completely reflect total readership which was, no doubt, higher in each case. So let’s get a start on the top twenty-five, though I’ll leave the top ten for tomorrow.
So, there you have it. Take a look at the articles to catch any you might have missed. Tune in tomorrow for the top ten stories of the past year and be sure to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already and “like” it on Facebook and follow along all the other places.