April Fools stories mark most read of the year

Out of the thousands of articles published this year in the Whidbey News-Times, the Top Two stories read most online were fake.

Two stories from our April Fools special fake front page combined had roughly 100,000 page views.

A story announcing the state had decided to set up tolls on the Deception Pass Bridge logged more than 65,000 pageviews. From that same section, a story about “Top Gun 2” being filmed at Naval Air Station Whidbey logged more than 30,000 pageviews.

But that is just a drop in the bucket of the newspaper’s online reach this year.

In 2017, whidbeynews times.com logged 1.3 million users and more than 3.6 million pageviews.

Readers were clicking on stories about accidents, celebrities and crime most of all.

With more than 16,000 pageviews, a story about a man driving his vehicle into Cornet Bay and then committing suicide came in as the third most-read story of the year.

Fourth was musician Macklemore getting into a summer car accident in South Whidbey.

The fifth most-read story with 14,000 pageviews was coverage of when the iconic Smith Barn in Ebey’s Prairie burned to the ground.

The death of Oak Harbor businessman Gary Wallin, who spent 50 years working and volunteering in the community, was the seventh most-read story with more than 10,000 online views.

Rounding out the list were three accident and crime stories including a Coupeville man accused of killing a dog with a pickaxe, a police chase ending in a crash and two people killed in a head-on collision.

More in News

Oil Spill training scheduled at mussel rafts

Penn Cove Shellfish employees will participate in oil spill training Friday near… Continue reading

Field carrier landing practice schedule — Sept. 23-29

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field… Continue reading

Photo by Maria Matson / Whidbey News-Times
                                <em>Whidbey Island resident Dick Evans will be signing and selling copies of his book, “Fazkils,” at the Clinton Community Hall on Saturday.</em>
In a new book, Hollywood actor, author reflects on his life, career

Richard “Dick” Evans is an actor, writer and director with a long… Continue reading

Island Transit program giving nonprofits a lift

The inaugural van in Island Transit’s new RideLink program left the lot… Continue reading

Officer’s new ‘beat’ in Oak Harbor school halls

After 27 years as an Oak Harbor police officer, including eight years… Continue reading

Oak Harbor bank employee accused of theft

A former employee at an Oak Harbor bank is accused of stealing… Continue reading

Free jammin’ and campin’ at fairgrounds added to Djangofest

The Island County Fairgrounds Campground will be filled with music later this… Continue reading

Moseley Island Transit employee of half

Island Transit employee Jerome Moseley was recently named the agency’s “January –… Continue reading

Coupeville resident makes Missouri State Dean’s List

Missouri State University released its summer 2018 dean’s list. MICHELLE MCDANIEL, of… Continue reading

Most Read