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As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to share some quick stats on the year that has gone by, as we have in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. This year is notably different as Covid stopped a lot of events from happening.

Articles and events

This year we wrote more articles, but Covid caused a big drop in events.

Category 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
around town 171 124 210 165 126
news 109 108 121 74 39
editorial 1 3 1 2 3
events 191 448 420 471 650
total 472 683 752 712 818

We also sent out 49 newsletters. If you know people who might be interested in receiving the newsletter, why not tell them to subscribe?

Top 20 Articles

Here are the top 20 articles published 2019.

  1. New canoe and kayak craze on the crane - just messing about on the river - 605
  2. Richmond Council challenges scaremongering Covid19 article - 596
  3. TfL to change local bus services - 523
  4. Support your local shops - 21 March 2020 - 359
  5. New Strawberry Hill House director - Derek Purnell - 272
  6. Open toe sandals - 263
  7. TfL urged to have a radical think of the A316 - 260
  8. 149 souls from Isleworth - 255
  9. Covid-19: Local services update - 20 March 2020 - 254
  10. All change please, St Margarets bus changes - 12 December 2020 - 241
  11. Council starts first physically segregated cycle lane at Kew Gardens - 238
  12. Consultation: A316 London Road roundabout - 233
  13. Richmond’s First ‘School Streets’ to be in place by June - 225
  14. Redevelopment of Twickenham Studios - 218
  15. Measures to make our streets safer - 215
  16. Council questions accuracy of Covid-19 data - 212
  17. Richmond Council statement on Coronavirus - 209
  18. The night a giant visited Twickenham and St Margarets - 207
  19. Richmond Footbridge closed again - 203
  20. Dave and Duni - The mystery resolved - 192

Twitter

We have not been the best twitter user again this year, but all events and articles are posted, so why not follow us?

Social 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
followers 3,647 3,576 3,470 3,410 3,192
tweets 394 1,145 1,162 917 1,644

We also have a Facebook page. Why not follow us?

Usage stats

These are down a bit from last year, perhaps because there were fewer of Martyn Day’s articles:

  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Sessions 101,038 119,875 110,629 63,915 63,903
Users 84,467 99,007 88,377 48,410 47,013
Pageviews 134,901 162,576 156,603 103,235 110,505
Pages per session 1.34 1.36 1.42 1.62 1.73

How people accessed the site

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One trend we have been watching is how many people are now using the site on phones and tablets. This is why we continue making the site work better on smaller screens. This year’s mobile usage is still over half of all sessions, however, Desktop users grew as more people were at home because of Covid.

Device Sessions Change from 2018
Desktop 39.54% 10.74%
Mobile 50.16% -7.8%
Tablet 10.3% -2.94%

Well, hope you have a great 2021 and if you want to write an article or promote that local event, please get in touch.