Top stories on WellCommons in 2011 — a year of growth thanks to you

We'd like to thank you for making 2011 — WellCommons' first full year of operations — successful.

WellCommons has become a trusted community resource where individuals, businesses and organizations can educate the public on important health issues.

More people joined the website's groups, many posted personal stories and events, and even more joined the conversation about how to make our community a happier and healthier one.

Heck, I even shared my own personal story about joint replacement.

The site had 776,913 visits, 297,639 unique visitors and 1.2 million pageviews.

WellCommons also was recognized for its ability to connect the community by winning a national EPPY Award from Editor & Publisher in November. It won for Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website with fewer than 250,000 unique monthly visitors.

It has been just over a year since Lawrence resident Susan Hamlet was pulled from the Kansas River spillway by emergency crews after an attempted suicide. According to Hamlet, news of her pending divorce and the temporary loss of custody of her children had pushed her beyond her limits. After seeking help through Bert Nash Hamlet explained that she is in the process of recovery and is making progress toward getting her life back together.

It has been just over a year since Lawrence resident Susan Hamlet was pulled from the Kansas River spillway by emergency crews after an attempted suicide. According to Hamlet, news of her pending divorce and the temporary loss of custody of her children had pushed her beyond her limits. After seeking help through Bert Nash Hamlet explained that she is in the process of recovery and is making progress toward getting her life back together. by Nick Krug

Here were the Top 10 most viewed stories of 2011, followed by the number of pageviews it received:

  1. Susan Hamlet was brave enough to talk about surviving a suicide attempt. By sharing her story, she provided insight into mental illness. Headline: Lawrence resident describes life before, after suicide attempt. 6,973.

  2. The Lawrence community fought back in a big way when SRS announced that it was closing offices across the state, including the one in Lawrence. After months of negotiations and meetings, the community figured out a way to keep the office open. Headline: Lawrence community shocked, devastated by closure of its SRS office. 6,344.

  3. Lawrence doctor Kimberley McKeon delivered her first 13-pound baby in September at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She estimated she had delivered at least 900 babies during her 13-year career and Wyatt was her biggest. Headline: Oh baby! Lawrence newborn weighs 13 pounds. 4,973.

  4. In late November, Dr. Ryan Neuhofel opened a new family medicine practice in Lawrence. The practice is unique in that it doesn't accept insurance and the doctor makes house calls. Headline: New Lawrence doctor bringing innovative approach to old-fashioned family medicine. 4,958.

  5. Jane Stevens posted a blog about a CNN article that featured a woman who went from weighing 382 pounds to 150, and she didn't lose the weight by going on an extreme diet. Headline: To lose 232 pounds, she relied on four tips. 4,590.

  6. Meghan Oberzan shared her story of surviving rape and then using the horrifying experience to help prevent other rapes from happening. Headline: Lawrence native talks about surviving rape, her role in new North Caroline DNA sampling law. 3,969.

  7. Gary Glover talked candidly about how he is coping with a devastating, progressive disease that took the life of his sister and mother. Headline: 49-year-old Lawrence resident slowly losing independence because of Huntington's Disease. 3,940.

  8. The Windsor of Lawrence was cited for 17 deficiencies during a seven-day inspection in March by the Kansas Department on Aging inspection. It was cited for four deficiencies in a follow-up visit. On a third visit, KDOA found no deficiencies. Headline: Lawrence assisted living facility cited for 17 deficiencies, including one for endangerment. 3,798.

  9. Kim Banning-Bohmann first shared her story about coping with a rare and progressive disease called scleroderma in 2010. A year later, she talked about her treatments and how her condition had worsened. Headline: Lawrence resident's condition worsens after stem cell transplant for 'hardening' disease. 3,736.

  10. In November, Lawrence Memorial Hospital reported that information maintained by its vendor was inadvertently publicly available on the Internet. It sent out letters notifying those who may have been affected. Headline: About 10,000 affected by security breach in Lawrence Memorial Hospital's online bill pay service. 3,735.

Here are the Top 10 most-viewed stories written by community members, followed by the number of pageviews:

  1. Linda Cottin, owner of Cottin's Hardware, is a local food enthusiast. Not only does she enjoy consuming local fare, but she helps with the school garden at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School and has a daughter who farms. She started a full-fledged market last year at her store and it was a smashing success. Her postings about what's available at the market garnered three of the Top 10 spots. Headline: Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market highlights local food, local music and local beverages. 2,395.

  2. Jen Humphrey discussed a study that looked at the price of food at Vermont farmers markets vs. grocery stores. The study found the prices to be comparable if not lower. She asked what folks thought about the prices locally and she received feedback through the comments. Headline: Myth-Busting: Farmers market prices. 2,218.

  3. Lawrence resident Sally Zogry talked about how she lost her 42-year-old brother to colon cancer. Headline: Remembering how colon cancer changed my life. 1,751.

  4. Jonathan Kealing wrote a story about his friend who planned to run in the Chicago marathon for his cousin who had Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. Headline: Local runner commits to Chicago Marathon for a cause. 1,684.

  5. Sean Cailteux, of The Chiropractic Experience, posted information about the clinic's fourth-consecutive "Biggest Winner" contest. He included a before and after picture of a participant. Headline: Fun and exciting workout class is back just in time for summer. 1,554.

  6. Jon Stewart, CEO of Heartland Community Health Center, wrote a fun story about how his staff — mostly female — had taken to doing pushups. He found himself dropping to the floor and joining in. Headline: She can do more pushups than me!?! 1,511.

  7. Linda Cottin informed readers about what was available at her market in June. She included enticing photos and a video. With a headline like this, who wouldn't read the story? Headline: Strawberries, Ice Cream and Beer, Oh My! 1,455.

  8. The Kansas Health Institute pointed out a New York Times story about Kansas University's new medical school in Salina. Headline: NY Times: small-town doctors made in a small Kansas Town. 1,321.

  9. Monica Taylor posted a link to an article about a company looking to employ people with Aspberger's syndrome. Headline: Chicago-based startup looking to employ people with Aspberger's. 1,310.

  10. We love food and, therefore, crave stories about it. Once again, Linda Cottin's market story made the Top 10 list. Headline: Indian tacos return to Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. 1,293.

We hope you will continue to share your stories of perseverance and hope and help WellCommons continue to be a valuable community resource. We look forward to growing the site in 2012!

Comments

Marilyn Hull 5 years, 9 months ago

Linda's posts are always well worth a read. Looking forward to more in 2012.

Karrey Britt 5 years, 9 months ago

I completely agree. I would like to see more information from the other farmers markets this year.

Ali Edwards 5 years, 9 months ago

Love this list. Thanks for posting, Karrey. It's great to reflect on all the local health news of last year.

Karrey Britt 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Ali... We appreciate Heartland Community Health Center's participation on the site. The staff offers a lot of valuable expertise on health issues for the community.

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 9 months ago

Really enjoyed the list Karrey! Thanks for looking back.

Karrey Britt 5 years, 9 months ago

A HUGE thanks to you for helping to build WellCommons from the ground up and make it what it is today!

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