Another year down as another dawns

We’ll readily admit that it’s been a slow year for content, especially the second half of the year.

Photo by Heather K. Millis

Photo by Heather K. Millis

Not to make excuses, but it’s partly because Corey Friedman and William R. Toler have been keeping busy working at the Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham, N.C., and it’s hard to come home and write when that’s what you do all day.

Nevertheless, stories on issues we find important have been posted, albeit, sporadically. As a result, readership has dropped.

Despite that, this sparsely read blog has seen several posts over the past year reach more than 1,000 hits, which to us is quite an achievement.

The most read story from this year was about now-former Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown and how several blunders in his department could cost him his tin star. We can’t say if the things we wrote about had anything to do with it, but the long-term lawman was defeated several months later in the primary.

The story with the second highest hits was the conclusion of the Amanda Billyrock saga, where she took a plea deal following a late 2013 arrest. Billyrock, a YouTube celebritarian, faded from the limelight shortly afterward.

There were also two posts from the past (What is the government’s job? and My Wal-Mart sales reciept standoff) that received a considerable amount of hits.

Several articles and editorial posted this year were pinched from the Wilson Times and the Daily Journal, written by Friedman and Toler.

Per usual, posts at this site took on the topics of free speech, public records and government restrictions.

One guest post was an academic paper on Toler by Hugh Fegely, a formerĀ  co-worker of Toler’s at WCTI-TV.

We’d like to thank our readers who keep coming back, our special guest writers Heather K. Millis and Eli Harman, and Gene and Natalina over at World Blogosphere.

We’re not sure what the new year will bring, but we’ll try to post a little more often, even if we have to borrow the content from ourselves.







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