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Burg Blog: What were our most read stories of 2019? We have the top 10 ranked.

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Each December, someone asks me, “So, what were your most popular stories of the year?”

I usually don’t know—not exactly anyway.

But, recently, I looked them up—the most read online stories anyway, since we don’t know which stories gained the most offline interest via our monthly print magazine.

So, without further ado, on this Dec. 31, I give you our top-10 most-read online stories of 2019, as judged by the number of reader page views. Click on the links to read these popular posts, listed in countdown order in the spirit of New Year’s Eve.

10. “Defendant in H*MAC defamation suit arrested in alleged fakes news scheme”

9. “New York realty company buys Kline Plaza, hope to revitalize shopping center”

8. “Religious Movement: Christians in the Harrisburg area are eschewing old church buildings to meet in bars, homes and renovated commercial properties. What’s driving the change?”

7. “Death Cab for Cutie to play in Harrisburg, marking a return of major concerts to the city waterfront”

6. “Burg View: Frogger on Foster”

5. “Surrounded by friends, Elementary Coffee founder announces new location, new home”

4. “H*MAC sale complete: Venue now under new ownership, renovations to begin”

3. “Sustainable, Renewable”: Harrisburg native, football pro Garry Gilliam has big plans for Bishop McDevitt site”

2. “Out by Sunday: With a property sale, a homeless camp disbands and long-time residents wonder where to go next”

1. “Obituary: Naed Smith”

I was surprised by the variety of stories, which included a few business stories, a concert story, an arrest story and an obit. Stories concerning H*MAC took two spots.

All but one were online-only stories, likely because people only had access to those stories via our website, as opposed to also being able to read them in our print magazine. Also, most were breaking news stories. The exceptions were a magazine story about changing worship habits (“Religious Movement”), a blog/editorial (“Frogger on Foster”) and an online feature about a homeless camp (“Out by Sunday”).

We look forward to continuing to serve the greater Harrisburg community with many more features, breaking news stories and opinion pieces in 2020.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Lawrance Binda is co-publisher/editor in chief of TheBurg.

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