This was an interesting one to write, because I make a habit of playfully maligning Maryland in the office whenever I get the chance. It turned out to be spectacularly successful traffic-wise, topping the analytics for three straight days.
What I’m especially proud of was the level of engagement with the story. We got 27 comments on our page, and 23 likes and 20 shares on our Facebook page. Even better, NPR’s Local Stories Project posted it on their Facebook page geotargeted to Maryland readers, where it garnered 82 comments, 678 likes and 909 shares. I was careful to sprinkle links to relevant WAMU content throughout, and we saw cascading traffic through old stories.
Really shows why these listicles are so popular, though they’re obviously hard to do while feeling like we’re maintaining a public radio level of editorial standards.