The chart above gives a quick summary of our page views since Rye News‘ first complete year of publication in 2015 – and the figures keep reaching new heights – though, inevitably, the figures drop off each year on the eve of Christmas – and not all the peaks and lows can be explained.
And, given what 2020 was like, with lockdowns and the cancellation of many events and activities, stories were much harder to find than usual – and there were inevitably fewer stories than previous years when, for example, major events like Rye Arts Festival and the Jazz Festival ran.
But the table below is more helpful as it shows what you are most interested in, and what annoyed or pleased you most, as you have the figures for both the number of views each individual story had – and, perhaps more importantly, how many comments the stories attracted – during the past year.
And, since the chart gives both the title of the story and the date it was published, you should be able to find it again to see what got you so worked up – or pleased.
Surprisingly, perhaps, the story about William the Conqueror landing in the Brede Valley before the 1066 Battle of Hastings – rather than on the far side of Hastings – attracted most interest – but perhaps a lot of historians in Hastings googled it!
The bikers on Strand Quay inevitably attracted a lot of attention – as did parking – and of course stories about Covid got your attention too.
|All sections (by views)||Date published||Comments||Views||Section|
|Hunting for Conquest evidence||23 April 2020||1||11,792||Culture|
|A cryptic quiz for you||9 April 2020||0||7,009||Living|
|Agency wants town’s opinion||20 August 2020||56||6,761||News|
|Noisy, no respect, no, no, no||21 May 2020||30||6,653||Opinions|
|High Street to close||11 June 2020||43||5,997||News|
|Keeping our guard up||3 September 2020||1||5,655||News|
|Services offered||26 March 2020||15||5,463||Living|
|Coronavirus Information||19 March 2020||0||5,233||News|
|Doodles go to the woods||13 February 2020||0||5,167||Living|
|Straight in at number one!||22 October 2020||7||4,942||News|
|An artist’s diary||3 September 2020||1||4,819||Culture|
|Fry-day at Camber Sands||6 August 2020||5||4,475||Opinions|
|Musician Michel Duvoisin RIP||5 March 2020||16||3,933||News|
|Petition follows traffic chaos||25 June 2020||21||3,901||News|
|Forthcoming PCC election||20 February 2020||10||3,893||Opinions|
|A marina next?||26 November 2020||10||3,873||News|
|Lion Street to be closed off||23 January 2020||3||3,868||News|
|Art gallery cuts spending||18 June 2020||1||3,857||Culture|
|Cyprus Place||17 September 2020||13||3,744||News|
|Harbour Petition||6 August 2020||11||3,744||News|
|Parking amnesty for now||8 October 2020||22||3,697||News|
|Update on the arts complex||24 April 2020||17||3,631||News|
|The masks and beards problem||23 July 2020||7||3,615||News|
|Parking plans revealed||23 July 2020||20||3,565||News|
|Five weeks of chaos||20 February 2020||15||3,525||News|
|Junction safety questioned||13 August 2020||25||3,437||News|
|Train times change||14 May 2020||0||3,367||News|
|Is parking improving?||1 October 2020||34||3,344||News|
|New plan for Camber||2 July 2020||6||3,329||News|
|Anti-social activists invade Pett||21 May 2020||0||3,226||News|
|Motorbikes, decibels and locals||24 September 2020||26||3,222||News|
|Camber battens down the hatches||14 May 2020||10||3,084||News|
|Harbour warning||23 April 2020||10||2,979||News|
|Bridgepoint development approved||28 May 2020||14||2,972||News|
|Let bikers be … quieter!||27 August 2020||14||2,951||News|
|Roadworks return despite protests||12 March 2020||17||2,920||News|
|Clifford Foster 1933-2020||22 October 2020||18||2,869||News|
|Edinburgh Woollens for sale||17 December 2020||0||2,759||News|
|A trip down memory lane||5 November 2020||16||2,740||Living|
|Village meets to object||13 August 2020||7||2,726||News|
As Rye News has usually published around 25 to 30 stories a week (at least) in a very difficult year for all the media, this steadily increasing engagement since 2015 when our online newspaper first had figures for a full year is very welcome.
The graph below shows the number of users each week since 2015.
Image Credits: Rye News library .