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January 1, 2012 - 12:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.

More than 3.3 million times people visited The Batavian in 2011 to find out what's going on in Genesee County.

That's up from 2.5 million visits in 2010, when the site served up 4.3 million page views. In 2011, The Batavian served 5.6 million page views.

Here are the most viewed posts of 2011:

Stories denoted with (*) were reported first, and in some cases, exclusively, on The Batavian.

Below are the most viewed posts for December, November and October. Again, stories you read first on The Batavian are denoted with an (*).




Happy New Year from The Batavian!

August 2, 2011 - 4:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.

Here are the most viewed posts for July 2011:

July was a record traffic month for The Batavian, beating out records set in August 2010.

Visits: 335,359
Page Views: 601,325
Unique Visitors: 81,875

For comparison sake, the August 2010 numbers:

Visits: 256,391
Page Views: 443,330
Unique Visitors: 70,638

I knew I hadn't posted the most-read posts for a little while, but was surprised to find I hadn't done it since January. After the jump, the missing months.

February 20, 2011 - 11:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.
April 2, 2010 - 9:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.

The Batavian set new records in the three key Web traffic stats we watch.

  • Unique visitors: 42,215
  • Visits: 176,152
  • Page Views: 301,889

Unique visitors doesn't necessarily translate into X number of people. The tools that measure Web traffic can only count computers. One person may use two different computers to visit the site in a month, or two people may share the same computer.  But it is a close approximation of number of people who visited the site.

Visits accounts for all the times that people visited the site in the month.  One unique visitor can account for several visits.

Page Views are the number of times a page of the site is downloaded into a Web browser window.

The previous records:

  • Unique Visitors: 38,057 in August
  • Visits: 155,782 in January
  • Page Views: 292,176 in August

Thank you all for your support.

Here's the most viewed posts for March:

January 2, 2010 - 1:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.

More than 1.3 million times in 2009, people logged onto The Batavian to find out what was going on in Genesee County.

Here's the Top 10 most viewed posts in 2009:

And while we're at it, here at the Top 10 posts for December:

People logged into The Batavian in December more than 149,000 times to find out what's going on in Genesee County.

December 30, 2008 - 4:32pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in top posts.

Well, it's taken me most of the day, but I've put together tentative lists for the Top Ten Posts and Top Ten Stories covered by The Batavian in 2008. Before we go any further, please understand that these lists are not comprehensive, and there are plenty of posts and stories that were not included that could have easily replaced those that were included. The lists that have been compiled are meant to indicate some of the best that's out there, as well as point some folks to some of the better content that they may have missed. Hopefully, you will agree that I've done well in my selections. We had more than 100 pages of content to browse through—not including comments and specialty content not featured on the home page. Our coverage has now spanned eight months.

Originally, I had planned to highlight a few posts at a time, then run the survey for you to select your favorite among the top ten. Instead, we're going to go ahead and list all top ten here, then run a separate post with the survey. So be sure to vote once you've read through these. Tomorrow, we will get up our Top Ten Stories—ongoing coverage.

Here are your Top Ten (individual) Posts. We tried to pick out those individual posts submitted by our staff and our readers that exhibited great writing, those that told a great story or those that got people talking. Remember these are not in any order:

Chainsaw Artist Rick Pratt...

It was a tough choice deciding between this video of Rick Pratt sculpting an eagle out of a tree trunk with a chainsaw and a video put together recently over at Oliver's Candies about how ribbon candy is made. Rick Pratt's chainsaw sculpting took YouTube by a storm. Several months later, and it is still our biggest draw, nearing 10,000 views as I write this.

Waterfowler's Morning...

This one is a gimme for the top ten. This is the first post on our site by Jim Nigro, who has fortunately hung around and has since written a few more, all gems. Jim has a calm hand with his prose, crafting supple phrases and idyllic scenes you can just about walk into. Not to mention his ace photography! We hope he sticks around for a long time to come.

O-A stuns Pembroke in final seconds...

This game came at the peak of the high school football season. We saw it coming for weeks ahead—and it didn't disappoint. Neither did the coverage by Brian Hillabush. His story tells the story, delivers the drama, the hits, the stats and the nail-biting suspense of the game's final seconds. Always worth another read.

Hillary's Seat: If We Were Speaking Locally...

In this post, frequent contributor to The Batavian, Daniel Jones, wrote up a fun scenario about a what if... His question is simple: If the senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton were to be granted to a local politico, who should get it? Dan lists a few potential contenders, including Assemblyman Steve Hawley, a few members of the Batavia City Council, even former Le Roy Mayor Jim Delooze. Fun post!

A truck that's got a story to tell...

This was my own favorite of my own writings of the past few months. This one kind of slipped under the radar. Or maybe it just wasn't appreciated as I had appreciated it. It's simple. I saw a retro traveler's truck coated with stickers, took some photos and asked if anyone knew its story. This one was similar to the post on the sidewalk chalk that got a little more buzz going in the comments.

Contemplating Bill Kauffman's Batavia...

This was a post Howard wrote early in the morning after The Batavian had been chugging along for a few weeks, back, I believe, in late May. This was before Howard knew much about Kauffman, and when both of us were still drinking in the local lore by the steinful. This post is somewhat wistful, a tad nostalgic (aptly), yet mostly forward leaning. It's a great read for folks ineterested in peeking behind the curtain.

Telling stories that tell stories: The art of Brian Moore...

This was the post I was most proud of writing, and writing well. I had no choice but to step to the plate on this one: the subject matter demanded it. Brian's paintings grip you with a visceral pinch. You remember them. You dream them. Yet they nevertheless stand aloof, untouchable, enigmatic. They live there at that nexus where art ought to be, eluding the desire they themselves foment. Read this post.

Batavians choose not to live like they do in big cities...

This was the first post on our site from City Council President Charlie Mallow. As you probably know, it wasn't his last, and we've been glad to have him on the site, freely communicating with his fellow city residents, and none too shy about telling it how he sees it. This first post of his gives a great insight into how he thinks and feels about the city of Batavia.

Le Roy remembers Hooks...

This is vintage Hillabush at his best, and easily one of the most well-written posts to appear on the site so far. His writing is brimming with emotion and intensity. Everything here comes from the gut and the heart—no trappings, no ornament, and it shows... Really, this one just needs to be read.

Saturday Day Trip...

This one is from Bea McManis, about her weekend trip down to Brown's Berry Patch. It deserves a spot on the top ten, if for no other reason than it brought a new flavor to The Batavian when it graced the home page—literally. Not long after Bea's post, we created the recipes section. People were talking about food for a good week after it appeared. Bea writes about food the way it ought to be done: with relish.

There you have it. Please feel free to argue the selection. Write in your own favorite posts. Curse me for my poor taste. Praise me for my good taste. Personally, I'm kicking myself for not including any of the dozen or more videos that have come out of our two greatest series: At the Holland Land Office Museum and Cooking with the Dairy Princess. Those are my favorites.

Just be sure to vote. We'll have the survey up within the hour.

Remember! We will get up our Top Ten Stories tomorrow. Those will feature themes and ongoing issues that spanned more than just one individual post.

December 30, 2008 - 9:57am
posted by Philip Anselmo in top posts.

Today and tomorrow, The Batavian will run down its Top Ten Posts and the Top Ten Stories of 2008, and we're asking you to help us decide which is the best. Of course, our 2008 began in May, when The Batavian launched, so this will be a short year countdown. No matter. We've had plenty of content. So much great content, in fact, that we're going to do this in two parts. Here's how it's going to work:

Today, we will search through our past content, looking for ten of the most interesting, well-written, most impactful posts of the past eight months. Those posts could have come from our own staff or contributors from the community. Once we've culled ten, we'll introduce a few at a time throughout the day, talk a little bit about why they deserve a spot in the top ten and link to each post so that you can check them out for yourselves. Then, at the end of the day, we'll get up a survey asking you to decide which of the ten posts deserves the number one spot.

Then, tomorrow, we will do the same, but instead of looking for specific posts, we will round up the ten most impactful stories of the past eight months—stories that drew the crowds to The Batavian, stories that were covered voraciously by our staff and our readers/contributors out in the community. Stories that needed not one but five or even ten posts to convey all the rich details of what went on. We will get them up in the same manner, and again, a survey at the end of the day will decide our number one pick.

So get ready. And if you've got some recommendations in the meantime, don't hesitate to pass them along.

July 6, 2008 - 8:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.
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