The most popular items on AOA in 2012

most popular posts 2012 composite

At the end of each year we like to go the through the traffic stats on AOA to see which posts were most popular. It's a fun way to remember all the stuff that's happened.

So, here are the most popular items on AOA for each month during 2012...

January: Trader Joe's confirms Wolf Road location
Yep, it finally happened.
Also popular: The new Lark Tavern opens | Albany High School: An alum's perspective

February: New York State food regions map
A fun project created by Shannon Glazer.
Also popular: Eating the buffalo chicken wing cupcake from Coccadotts | Comedy, karaoke and Albany's cabaret law

March: Tom Genovese
The popular owner of the Sunspot Cafe passed away in March.
Also popular: A peek inside Carmine's Brazilian Grill | Inside Etsy Hudson

April: Albany ShopRite opening in April
This was a short item, but it ended up catching a lot of traffic via search.
Also popular: New York State's teen birth rate continues to drop | Tulip Fest 2012 lineup and schedule

May: 2nd Annual Sunmark Startup Grant
Three Chicks and a P won this year's grant.
Also popular: Whole Foods is coming to Albany | Oh, Whole Foods, why Colonie Center?

June: Pick your own strawberry season 2012
People really love strawberries, apparently.
Also popular: Is St. Joseph's Church a brewery in its next life? | Slidin' Dirty

July: The recipe for a juicy rumor -- or, Did you hear the one about Wegmans and Albany?
Again, supermarkets -- but it wasn't really about supermarkets.
Also popular: A home where you don't have to turn on the heat | The ___est neighborhoods in the Capital Region

August: Checking out the Trader Joe's on Wolf Road
It's like everyone has to eat or something.
Also popular: How to hike the High Peaks and not be That Guy | The next life of the Latham Circle Mall

September: Lineup for Pearl Palooza 2012
Another one that charted because of search.
Also popular: Capital Region Apple Picking 2012 | Chicken and waffles at The Flying Chicken

October: A look inside the new Sciortino's, and talking with Matt Baumgartner about Albany's potential
New (fill in the blank) is almost always popular. Add Matt Baumgartner and partners, and it's very popular.
Also popular: The Confectionery | Albany Distilling Company opening

November: Wings at The Ruck
Daniel's ode to the Buffalo wings at the Ruck in Troy.
Also popular: Playing the President. With Jimmy Fallon. | Trying the Growler Station at Price Chopper

December: Favorite local foods 2012
A bunch of local bloggers on their favorite local foods of 2012.
Also popular:
Santa Speedo Sprint 2012 photos | Trying the poutine at Montreal Poutine

A quick note: We filtered out regular features such as the Neighborhood and Stuff To Do. Also, some things that are spread out over multiple posts -- like the Tournament of Pizza -- don't end up ranking as high as they would if totaled all together.

Here's last the list from 2011.

More end of 2012 stuff:
+ Favorite shows of 2012
+ Interesting stories to cover 2012
+ Favorite local foods 2012

Comments

Hmmm. 10 out of 12 were restaurants, grocery stores, and food...interesting.

Nice job Shanny on your Febuary hit story!

That's it?! Either you guys have to expand your horizons a bit or this area is BORING as all get out.

People like to eat!

Not surprising. AOA's audience has our priorities.

I had heard Cardonna's was supposed to have an added location at the former Sunspots on Quail?
Does anyone know anything about that?

Albany has a food problem. Even the supposed Godsend of Trader Joes is rather mediocre, blending in perfectly with the city has a whole. One only has to travel elsewhere just to realize how unambitious this place as a whole seems. One good coffee spot on Lark that knows how to make coffee. It is my civic duty to not mention the name in the hopes that you will provide business to other cafes to find it. Only one place knows how to not over heat the milk. Its a must try to believe. Back where I'm from, people shun Starbucks not out of snobiness, but out of real taste. I hope Albany has a whole tries to improve itself, it is embroiled (largely) in a culture of not trying and not being in competition, a la NYC. If you are a bad restaurant, you'll be gone ASAP. Here, you'll do just fine. Please, Albany-ians, it's never too late to try.

@KA - Welcome to Team Fussy, it's great to have you aboard.

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