The 25 most-read stories of 2011

Posted Dec. 29, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 29, 2011, at 2:28 p.m.

For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people.

In 2011, the BDN launched a blogs initiative. The most-read blog post, with more than 100,000 pageviews, was by Heather Bogolyuba, who blogs about motherhood.

Large numbers of pageviews do not always translate into high numbers of comments. Of the five most-commented-on articles of 2011, only one made it into our top 25 stories list. The story with the most comments in 2011 — Gov. Paul LePage proposing drug tests for welfare recipients — was only 212th on our list of most-read articles in 2011.

Here are the 25 most-read stories on the BDN website in 2011. You can leave your thoughts on the year — including stories you think should have made the list — in the comments section below.