Good stories, more readers

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Total page views over six years

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.

User totals by week from 2015

Image Credits: Rye News library .

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