p>Around this time of year there are always a lot of lists about what the top stories of the last year were.
Either editors or surveys normally chose those lists. I prefer to view lists generated by raw numbers. In this case the number of page views stories got on NewsandSentinel.com.
First of all there were a lot of page views in 2011. 14,997,585 to be exact. That’s a lot of reading. All of the traffic was not to stories. The home page for instance was viewed 3.8 million times; the page that lists all the obituaries was viewed more than 1.7 million times.
Accidents and crime stories are general the most read stories on any news site including this one. Most of the stories on this list fall into one of these two story types.
Here are the top read stories on NewsandSentinel.com in 2011.
1. Roane County man charged with murder
NEWTON - A Roane County man was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday after fatally shooting another man at a party on Tawney Hollow Road in Newton, police said. ...
From Dec. 15. The story received 18,791 views. Read the whole story.
2. Struggling Reno call center to close down
251 workers to lose jobs
RENO - A Ohio call center that recently laid off more than 40 workers is now closing altogether. …
From Sept. 20. The story received 10,154 views. Read the whole story.
3. Parkersburg woman dies in crash
Road rage may have contributed to accident
PARKERSBURG - Road rage may have been a factor in a fatal car accident Friday afternoon at the corner of Garfield Avenue and Sixth Street, police said. …
From June 4. The story received 8,269 views. Read the whole story.
4. Three deaths in I-77 bridge crash
WILLIAMSTOWN - A tanker truck and a passenger vehicle collided on the Interstate 77 Bridge Monday evening, resulting in a fiery explosion and three deaths. …
From April 19. The story received 7,492 views. This story was also among the top 10 stories read on MariettaTimes.com. Read the whole story.
5. Johnson has different take on Tressel
Spring football practice has started for Ohio State, with lots of questions to be answered - not the least of which is who is going to replace the Tattoogate five, suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. ...
From April 9. The story received 7,402 views and is the first sports story on the list. Read the whole story.
6. Vienna man in custody after shooting
VIENNA - A woman is dead and a Vienna man taken into custody Friday night after six hours of negotiations with police. ...
Also from April 9. The story received 7,358 views. Read the whole story.
7. 14-year-old girl dies in single-vehicle crash
MARIETTA - A 14-year-old Parkersburg girl died early Sunday after the vehicle she was riding in crashed as the driver was attempting to elude police, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. ...
From Oct. 31. The story received 6,868 views and was also on the MariettaTimes.com list. Read the whole story.
8. New shooting details released
Complaint: Suspect said he shot wife in struggle
VIENNA - The suspect in the shooting death Friday of Carol Ralsten told police he shot his wife during a struggle for the gun, according to the criminal complaint.
From April 12 and a follow-up to number 6. The story received 6,750. Read the whole story.
9. Warrant issued for Ralsten
Shooting suspect hospitalized for evaluation
VIENNA - The victim of a shooting in Vienna Friday was the wife of the suspected killer, authorities said Saturday…
From April 10 and also a follow-up to number 6. The story received 6,073. Read the whole story.
10. Accident leaves one dead
PARKERSBURG - A woman was killed and a man critically injured Wednesday night when a truck veered off 36th Street and landed in a creek in front of Worthington Elementary School, an official said. …
From July 7, the story received 5,927. Read the whole story.
A lot of things that didn't make the top 10 because they are not stories still had a remarkable number of views. The crossword puzzle for instance was viewed more than 20,000 times, historical front pages from the News and Sentinel had more than 10,000 views. The most read blog on the site in 2011 was one by Jim Smith about Nancy Grace that had more than 4,000 views.
Our reader forums had a stunning 168,707 views in 2011, the pages display reader comments to stories displayed 583,948 times, both showing the reader’s voice is heard load and clear.