Reporter’s Notebook: As 2018 closes, a look back by the numbers


2019 is literally around the corner – mere hours away. That means Route 1 Reporter also turns six months old!

Technically, Route 1 Reporter is a little more than six months old. The site was unofficially launched in the closing days of May 2018. At that point, I was still getting the site up and running. As a result, I consider June 2018 to be the site’s birthday. Route 1 Reporter continues to be on holiday slowdown until after New Years Day. In the meantime, here’s the first few months of Route 1 Reporter as told by the numbers, followed by our most-read stories of the year.

24,041 – The number of page views Route 1 Reporter has generated since launch.

13,032 – The number of visitors Route 1 Reporter has generated since launch.

67 – The number of page views from IP addresses based in Ireland, Route 1 Reporter’s largest international audience.

190 – The total number of people or businesses who have subscribed to Route 1 Reporter at some point since launch.

142 – The number of subscribers to Route 1 Reporter as of Dec. 31, 2018.

$718 – The total amount of money pledged to Route 1 Reporter as of Dec. 31, 2018.

320-ish – The approximate number of $5 per month subscribers necessary for Route 1 Reporter to earn a Maryland minimum wage monthly paycheck, based on a 40 hour week.

Route 1 Reporter’s most-read stories of 2018:

10 – After veto spat with Mayor, Berwyn Heights Council sets new rules

9 – Details of Brentwood Vol. Fire Dept. embezzlement revealed

8 – Letter: PGCP responds to Thomas Stone first-day concerns 

7 – Route 1 is congested sometimes: So what?

6 – Sexual harassment, $135,000 missing: Revelations, competing narratives emerge in Mount Rainier police scandal

5 – In town halls, Mount Rainier manager faces criticism, mayor pushes for charter review

4 – Hyattsville’s new chief a familiar face

3 – Opinion: Thomas Stone Elementary first-day confusion part of larger problem

2 – Embezzlement alleged at Brentwood Volunteer Fire Dept. 

1 – Beltway Plaza mixed-use redevelopment in the works

Again, I thank you all for your generous support of Route 1 Reporter. The reporting above would not have happened without it. I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!

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