Well, 2020 has been a largely dire year for most people, but for Bude & Beyond, our readership figures hit new heights. Maybe because of all these lockdowns!
Total unique views on the website equalled: 376,320.
January was well up on previous years (sadly, mainly due to reporting of a death). February and March also showed a rise, as did May, June, August and November. Other months showed a drop when compared to some months in years overall since the website inception in September 2013.
I must admit I’ve made less effort this year, relying more on people sending in info/press releases, etc. This has partly been because of Covid, lockdowns and generally not much happening for quite a bit of the time, but also me having other priorities, too. I admit that social media has irritated me so much at times, that I’ve also not tried so hard as previously.
Average views per day, however, in 2020, were up to an all-time high of 1028.
Leaving aside news of deaths which always attract high readership, our most viewed article of the year was about Penstowe. Bude and Beyond was the first to report it collapsing into liquidation in October 2020, a Covid business casualty. However, it looks like there might now be some light at the end of that particular tunnel for 2021, so fingers crossed. Bude’s pedestrian flow-zone also attracted good numbers of readers.
Road closures, collisions, death and destruction always attract high numbers of readers but some features were also popular. Take this one, about being non-white in Cornwall. Chloe’s account touched many people. Bude’s goodbye to the late and lovely Margaret Frost was read by many, and people were keen to eat out to help out in summer. Meanwhile, taking us into 2021, consultation on plans for a new crematorium caused controversy.
Anyway, thanks to you all for reading.
As usual, thanks for their volunteer IT services to Rob Wilcox and Dean Wronowski, and for advertisers, we had a break from taking new adverts but are now taking rotating ads again for periods of a month up to 1 year.
On the social media side, Instagram took off this year and we now have a Historic Bude instagram feed, too, which relates to images on our local history pages.
We keep on truckin’ into 2021 and hope it is a far better one for everyone in Bude – and beyond.
Featured photo from Bude Coastguard FB page.