There’s been a lot of news this year. And it hasn’t all been about politics. It’s very hard as a reporter to break through all the noise coming out of Washington D.C. Still, I managed to do that a couple of times, as my list of 10 most popular stories reveals. A sextortion scam involving provocative emails with victims’ real (stolen) passwords resonated most with readers in 2018. (It’s still a problem). Stories from the Breach podcast captured their attention, too. As always, money headlines attract readers — in fact, two of my top 10 involve money stories published before this year. And of course, the word “Trump” in any headline automatically triples the hits you’ll get. I’m proud that only two of my top 10 “hitmakers” involve Trump.
Plenty more fresh headlines coming next year. Thanks for sticking with me through 2018. I’m not going to lie; it’s been a very rough year for smaller sites like mine. Chaos at Facebook has crushed our social media referral traffic. Poli-tainment reporting sucks up all the oxygen, leaving precession little attention span for more important, but more subtle stories. Still, people like me press on, as journalists always do. Happy new year. Here’s to even better stories in 2019.
Top stories of 2018 at BobSullivan.net