Before we get too far into 2019, or just plain float away from all this rain, let’s take a look back at the most popular posts written during 2018. If you missed any of these posts now would be a good chance to catch up. If you remember them, it might be a good opportunity to revisit. I am surprised every year how many folks say they have missed some of the most popular posts. Be sure to scroll all the way down and vote for your favorites of the top 11 stories of the year.
1. Working Under Cover of Weekend, Forrest County Demos Pat Harrison Building — 2,152 Views
2. New Lease on Life for Rodney Presbyterian? — 1,147 Views
3. Going Inside: St. Mary’s Basilica, Natchez — 940 Views
4. I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Seale-Lily Ice Cream — 854 Views
5. Jackson’s Zoo When It Was New — 846 Views
6. News from Natchez — 806 Views
7. Mid-Century Mississippi: Jackson’s Bailey Junior High School — 765 Views
8. Getting ready for Spring Pilgrimage(s) — 728 Views
9. Going Inside: A Seale-Lily Ice Cream Shop — 715 Views
10. Estill Church Among Delta National Heritage Grantees — 613 Views
11. Four Mississippi Sites Awarded NPS Civil Rights Grants — 609 Views
Lemon Award: National Trust’s African American Heritage Grants Open — 104 Views
So was one of these 11 posts your favorite of 2018? News stories again reigned as the most popular posts in 2018, taking seven of the top 11 slots, down how from last years nine slots. The number one story this year, just as last year was about the destruction of a beloved historic building, but this year it wasn’t thieves but Forrest County elected officials doing the dirty deed under cover of darkness. I don’t enjoy writing or reading about bad news preservation or otherwise, but MissPres is often a lone voice, being the only place where you can find information on the historic places that make Mississippi a unique place.
Ice cream is always popular and 2018 proved that with not one, but two stories about the Seale-Lily Ice Cream company landing at the top of the list. As often happens, this years Lemon Award is unjustly held by a post from mid-December that hasn’t had the chance to garner more views. If you haven’t read National Trust’s African American Heritage Grants Open take the opportunity now. The grant application period is still open until January 15, 2019, so consider applying if you have an eligible project.
What topics would you the reader like to see more of 2019? Or maybe you’d like to write a post or two for MissPres? We are all amateurs who do this for fun, so if you have a historic Mississippi place you’re passionate about why not share it on MissPres? If you have a suggestion or would like to guest post, please drop us a line.
You might have noticed that we’ve dropped off from our usually strict and rigorous routine of posting five days a week. Life often gets in the way of being able to write as often as we like. Yet y’all have kept the numbers growing, and 2018 was MissPreservation.com’s third-best year yet, with page views totaling over 262,000. This is a real slump buster as this is the first in three years we’ve experienced increased readership. So as always, thank you MissPresers, for reading, and even a bigger thank you if you comment on the posts. The engagement is what this site was built for and keeps it going.
Did you have a favorite post that didn’t make the list? Did your favorite preservation story have nary a peep mentioned in 2018? Leave a comment below and let us know about your favorite 2018 Mississippi Preservation story.
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