The Year in SBJ Blogs

Geoff Pickle, Web EditorSpringfield Business Journal’s blog, The Fine Print, saw enough visitors in 2013 to house seven sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House.

That information leads the annual report provided by our newsroom blog host,

I have a special place in my heart for fun data, so I thought it prudent to give you, our blog readers, some insight into what caught readers’ eyes in 2013.

Our busiest day of the year came on May 29, with Editor Eric Olson’s post “My Day with the Attorneys’ Friend” leading the way. The post, the 11th most read throughout the year, gave insight into Olson’s day with the tireless Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Executive Director Crista Hogan for our Day in the Life special section in the spring.

The top-viewed Fine Print blog post of the year goes to Features Editor Emily Letterman’s “Furnishing joy: IKEA plans KC-area store for 2014,” a December 2012 look at the Swedish retailer’s plans to bring its offerings closer to Springfield.

Reporter Brian Brown’s “Calling All Cavners” ranked No. 2 in views last year, encouraging sources to be transparent in their dealings with the media following the stalking guilty plea of financial adviser Nadia Cavner.

No. 3 was “Johnny Morris owns an island; what’s next?” – Olson’s piece about the Bass Pro Shops founder buying up parcels in the Florida Keys.

Ranking fourth was “Swisshelm bankruptcy tops in 2012,” my writeup of the top-viewed stories of 2012. The March 2012 bankruptcy of restaurateur Bruce Swisshelm had a big impact that year – the ripples of which can still be felt.

Capping off the Top 5 was “40 Under 40: We came, we honored, we partied,” Letterman’s look at SBJ’s 15th annual 40 Under 40 awards in March.

This year, we’d love to to metaphorically sell out at least 10 shows at the Sydney Opera House. Here’s hoping for and working toward a well-viewed 2014.


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