I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year celebration. The Norman-Limkildes had too much of everything, and, between you and me, I needed a bit of time away from the blog and work. It’s been a busy year.
In 2016, we published 336 stories—not quite one a day, but more than 6 a week. Not even the Globe publishes on Sunday. Not bad!
We had 88,500 visits to the site. Pretty good, I guess, but I’m a little disappointed that it was down from 109,000 in 2015. It’s not all bad, though: our posts were shown another 50,000 times on Facebook, which was new to us this year. So let’s call that one a wash.
Dear reader, you seem to like posts on food. Some of our highest ranking stories were on Lutong Pinoy, a Filipino restaurant; Zeal Burger; and Buddha Chay, a vegetarian joint.
The biggest story of 2016, though, was about—of all things—a slow-moving building. Right up there was the lost dog, which damned-near whooped all the thoughtful and researched work with big data, context, and expertise. The raggedy little mutt outperformed almost every post.
I’ve learned quite a bit while writing this blog. This year, I learned that the slowest and smallest news sometimes matters most.
That’s one thing I love about this little ongoing experiment. We’re not bound by the traditions of downtown media. I can say “I”. I can wish you a Merry Christmas. We can write about the slow, the context-heavy, and also the very small and furry. And evidently, you keep reading.
That reminds me: I never did find out if they found Arnold, that raggedy mutt.
So here’s to 2017!