2013 in Review: Southern Gospel’s Biggest News Stories
In 2013, SouthernGospelBlog.com reached a significant milestone: It was our first year with more than 1 million unique visits (1,070,730). We’ve come close several previous years, but this was our first to actually pass that mark. Thank you for reading! For anyone interested, here a report with other interesting site statistics.
Top Posts of 2013
The top posts of 2013 included several from previous years, and several that were not news stories.
- Michael English and Mark Lowry to Leave the Gaither Vocal Band (October 29, 2013; 13,509 views)
- Updates on Tracy Stuffle [Update 5] (May 21, 2013; 8,982 views)
- Tim Duncan Joins Canton Junction (October 7, 2011; 5,886 views during 2013)
- Joseph Habedank Leaves The Perrys (May 22, 2013; 4,619 views)
- Tim Duncan leaves Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Ian Owens Joins (January 19, 2011; 4,609 views during 2013)
- Where is Glenn Dustin Now? (April 25, 2013; 4,461 views)
- National Quartet Convention posts 2013 Schedule (January 18, 2013; 4,380 views)
- An Interview with Tim Duncan (October 27, 2011; 4,302 views during 2013)
- Tracy Stuffle Suffers Stroke [Update 1] (January 22, 2013; 4,004 views)
- Gaither Vocal Band to perform 2014 tour with Phelps/Hampton/English/Gaither Lineup (October 24, 2013; 3,606 views)
Due to the mixture of posts and topics, this list doesn’t really answer the question of what were the year’s top stories.
Top News Stories of 2013
The two biggest stories of 2013 unfolded over multiple days and were covered in multiple posts. To determine the top stories, we combined the view counts on all posts in the unfolding story.
- Tracy Stuffle’s stroke (1 2 3 4 5) (18,653 total views)
- Michael English and Mark Lowry leave the Gaither Vocal Band (1 2) (17,115 total views)
- Joseph Habedank leaves The Perrys (4,619 views)
- Where is Glenn Dustin Now? (4,461 views)
- National Quartet Convention posts 2013 Schedule (4,380 views)
- Mike Holcomb Leaves The Inspirations (2,407 views)
- Dan Keeton Leaves Gold City (2,189 views)
- Shane McConnell Joins Canton Junction (2,157 views)
- David Ragan leaves The Inspirations (1,959 views)
- Debra Talley injured in fall (1,825 views)
Incidentally, these view counts do not count readers reading the post on the home page, via RSS, or via email. So they don’t measure a story’s full reach; however, home page, RSS, and email views stay steady enough that the numbers provide a valid apples-to-apples comparison, even if the numbers are similarly incomplete for each post.