A lot of what’s happening in the world now happens on-line – not just buying stuff (e-commerce) but also news and community interaction. Most of us have got used to the idea that we can find out facts with an Internet search but the water gets muddied when we search for political or health “facts”. A lot of this is opinion but it’s often hard to separate opinions from facts. News sites like Cobourg News Blog try to present facts but comments (opinions) are also allowed. Although I don’t collect personal information like Google does, I can rank which articles got the most attention (hits) and which generated the most comments. Like all polls/surveys, some interpretation may be required. For example, does the popularity of a topic indicate interest in the subject or interest in what people are saying in the comments.
So I selected the ten topics with the most hits and separately, the ten topics with the most comments – some were in both lists. Here is the list ranked by hits.
|Cobourg’s East End Continues to Grow||8-Feb-21||5334||39|
|Demolition by Neglect||8-Dec-21||4914||98||10|
|Trudeau Campaigning in Cobourg||16-Aug-21||4410||185||1|
|Brookside has Closed||12-Feb-21||3591||70|
|Why not sell the Trailer Park||20-Nov-21||3314||103||9|
|Managing High Volumes of Visitors at Victoria Beach||3-Feb-21||3279||153||3|
|Beach to be closed on Weekends and Holidays||26-May-21||3203||116||5|
|Next Step on Harbour Repairs||6-Feb-21||2968||62|
|Beach Survey Results||4-Mar-21||2866||48|
|Over $1 Million Tax Increase for Organization Changes||5-Oct-21||2834||105||8|
|Police Responding to Public Concern about Demonstrators||12-Apr-21||2830||107||7|
|Move on Council to Open Beach on Weekends||21-Jun-21||2786||161||2|
|Is Tourism Good for Cobourg?||28-Feb-21||2649||111||6|
|Council Closes Beach until 7 June||19-May-21||2528||123||4|
The list was generated on 23 December 2021.
Keep in mind that some interpretation of this data may be required – I’ll leave that to anyone who cares to comment on this post.
Note also that posts from earlier years continue to get hits although comments are not permitted after 90 days. Go here for a list of earlier posts. This list includes the number of comments but not the number of hits.
The total number of comments made on this blog from September 2017 to 23 December 2021 was 22,216. There were 927 posts. The most prolific commenters have each made over 1000 comments on the blog.