If you’re sick of all those top 10 lists from 2016, then this story may make you just a little bit sicker. After consulting the analytics maintained by this site, I pulled together the top ten stories for 2016 based upon page views. Page views, of course, are just one metric with its own set of flaws. (I had to click on one of my own stories a thousand times last night to make sure I got into the top ten. Whew!) Another interesting, but very different, metric would be number of comments.
As I dug into the data, I had some preconceived ideas about what type of stories would end up being the most popular. But I was surprised. We love stories about crime. And we love scandal. And we love restaurants. I couldn’t really find any commonalities in regards to subject matter. We’re all over the place! But no matter the topic, Jordan gets a lot of page views.
Here, then, are the top ten wallyhood stories of 2016:
- Trumpland Comes to Wallingford (author: Jordan, 11941 page views) Let’s just say this story went a little sideways. An apology for this story just missed the top 10, coming in at #11.
- Thank You And Good Night (author: Jordan, 6,176 page views) This was to have been the last post ever on wallyhood. But then we had a reboot, and wallyhood 2.0 was born! Now here we are.
- Porch Thief Caught (author: Jordan, 5,515 page views) This article drew a great many comments concerning the propriety of posting a photo of the thief.
- 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar Opens (author: Jordan, 4,460 page views) I haven’t been there yet, myself, but seeing how many page views this got, I’ll be heading there soon.
- Preserving Your Views in Wallingford (author: Jack, 4,408 page views) If a really tall house goes up near you and blocks your views, then bide your time, buy it when it goes on the market, then tear the top off.
- An Apology (author: Eric, 3,932 page views) This was a follow up to another story that went a little sideways.
- An Alarming Response to Neighborhood Disruption (author: Kim, 3,713 page views) What’s the appropriate response when a car alarm repeatedly sounds in your neighborhood?
- Ezell’s Famous Chicken Coming to Wallingford (author: Adam, 3,412 page views) A solid story about some tender chicken.
- Draft Zoning Maps Released for Wallingford (author: Susanna Lin, 3,346 page views)Implications for that area of Wallingford zoned as an “urban village” (see #10).
- “What is an Urban Village?” …said the blissfully ignorant me (author: Susanna Lin, 3,194 page views) A good question, and a good answer.