Popular Topics in 2020

One of the advantages of an online format with an active community of commenters is that the interest in articles can be measured – both by the number of comments but also by the number of views.  I can’t imagine anyone disputing that 2020 was an unusual year with the biggest local topic being the impact of the virus.  For Cobourg that translated into how many visitors would we get on our beaches.  But there was also a lot of interest in some other things. For example: Changes at the Mall, the Cannabis factory shutting down, Starbucks coming to Cobourg, Woodlawn as a Rehabilitation centre and more. Below is a list of the most popular posts as measured by views and comments.

2019 Popular posts as measured by Views

Title Views Comments Date Published
Northumberland Mall Changes 10,655 55 17 January
Beach to Re-open on a Limited Basis * 6,823 176 22 June
Few Visitors find Cobourg’s West Beach 5,508 39 5 July
Beach Re-opening and Beach Crowds * 5,367 176 25 August
Northumberland Covid-19 update 4,869 10 28 October
Is Cannabis Factory leaving Cobourg? 4,830 62 20 April
Police and CTA Disagree on Beach opening * 4,126 193 25 May
Beach Closed Until August 31 4,112 132 1 June
Woodlawn as Rehabilitation Centre 4,107 80 7 October
Update on Golden Plough Lodge 4,061 14 5 June
Starbucks coming to Cobourg 3,946 38 6 November
GO Bus Service to Cobourg 3,801 53 15 January
A Quiet Day on Cobourg’s Waterfront 3,750 45 1 August
Budget Meeting Disappointment 3,742 121 9 December

Notable for Number of Comments

Title Views Comments Date Published
When Will this End – Opinion 2778 195 11 April
Police and CTA Disagree on Beach opening * 4126 193 25 May
Beach Re-opening and Beach Crowds * 5367 176 25 August
Beach to Re-open on a Limited Basis * 6823 176 22 June
RFP Issued for Waterfront Changes 3542 149 15 October
Can the Cost of Cobourg’s Services be reduced? 2876 141 26 October

* Popular as measured by both views and comments

Note that these numbers are as of December 28, 2020. Also notable is what we did NOT have as a news item – there was no problem with the high water levels that happened in 2017 and 2019.


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David Ashcroft
31 December 2020 9:49 am

As a Cobourg native who lives far away in Nova Scotia, I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks so much for keeping me in touch with Cobourg. All the best! Dave

Reply to  David Ashcroft
31 December 2020 3:01 pm

I agree! And my story is somewhat the reverse of yours. In 2014 I decided to move to Cobourg from Toronto, but the decision was made about a year before the actual move could take place. Visiting this site (and the sadly defunct Northumberland Today) during that year was great fun, and a good way to keep abreast of the goings on in what would end up becoming the best place I’ve ever lived. So thanks to John for running this site, and thanks to everyone in Cobourg for their part in creating a great community.

Danny Gray
31 December 2020 8:56 am

Like keeping up to date with your articles. Keep up the GOOD work

Danny Gray

Reply to  Danny Gray
31 December 2020 9:17 am

I agree I wonder if any if not all of our Council reads this LOCAL News site on a daily basis
if they did it would save the residents from trying to reach our council by mail or phone
to express the opinions that seem to be Ignored

Reply to  Sandpiper
31 December 2020 8:53 pm

Every last one of them Sandpiper. And I’ll wager most (if not all) of the bureaucrats, directors, chairs of boards (police, venture13 et all), etc.
Happy New Year everybody.

Last edited 2 years ago by Frenchy
George Taylor
Reply to  Danny Gray
31 December 2020 10:21 am

WHY would Danny’s statement get a thums down?
Like keeping up to date with your articles. Keep up the GOOD work

Reply to  George Taylor
31 December 2020 11:41 am

The ‘thumbs down’ for David, Danny, yourself I think is a response directed at John more than the individual comments themselves. For myself I truly believe that any community, anywhere would be pleased beyond belief to receive the service John provides to our community. We are fortunate. Happy New Year to all of those who comment and participate in this blog. Specifically though, Happy New Year to you Mr. Draper and to your family – stay well.

John Draper
Reply to  Gerinator
31 December 2020 12:01 pm

Thanks Gerinator and everyone else wishing me well. I do appreciate the good wishes.

Reply to  George Taylor
31 December 2020 12:40 pm

We may not know who is giving TD. But I would hazard a guess that John being the WebMaster, would know. When I monitored another web page, I could see who did what. Nothing is completely invisible online.

John Draper
Reply to  Gerald
31 December 2020 1:40 pm

The comment rating system is 100% anonymous – so I don’t know who or what is adding the single thumbs down to every comment – I view it as a bug! I do have info on who makes comments but I keep that confidential.

George Taylor
Reply to  John Draper
31 December 2020 4:34 pm

You Family & Friends Have A Healthy & Prosperous New Year & F***gett THUMB’S DOWN!

Gerald Childs
Reply to  John Draper
31 December 2020 6:54 pm

I stand corrected about my comment in this instance.

Reply to  George Taylor
31 December 2020 9:32 pm

I’ve noticed that before. Everybody has a -1. I think there are trolls out there who get some joy from doing that. Sad. But how do we deal with that? We see that in politics often and in American politics all the time. Their lives must be very sad.