January 1, 2013 — This website covered a lot of editorial ground last year, thanks to feedback and suggestions from our members. It’s hard to pick the “best of 2012”, mainly because we can think of so many different ways to select them. Our traditional way to pick is to look for the most read Blog articles. That is certainly a good measure, but the results are fairly predictable. To broaden that approach we are introducing 3 other “best article” categories here: Most Commented Upon, Best Member Contribution, and Best Series. Hope you like our selections!
Most Read Articles of 2012
Our “Best” and “Worst” articles are always the most read of the year, and that certainly makes sense. The top 4 most read articles in 2012 were:
10 Worst States to Retire
Best Articles by Comments Generated
A better way to skin the popularity cat is to look at the articles that generated the most reader comments – after all, if the subject hit home hard enough to want to make our members type in a comment, it must be relevant! Here are the blog stories generating the most reader comments in 2012:
Tell Us Where You Are Going to Retire – And Where – Produced an amazing 617 comments full of anecdotes, opinion, and helpful advice
Worst States for retirement 2012 – 178 comments
Hop on the Jay Michaels Tour Bus in Pursuit of the Perfect Active Community This was a 2 part series, Part 1 generated 116 Comments
What is the Best Florida Region for Retirement – This 2 part article generated 96 Comments
Dueling Carolinas: South Carolina vs. North Carolina Comparison – We updated the original article in 2012, in all there are 95 comments
Your Editor Picks His 10 Best Places to Retire – 56 Comments
Member contributed stories.
Part of the fun of this website are the intriguing suggestions and contributed articles we get from our members. We also get to write about any topic we want, often using that as an excuse to self-educate on an important topic that we don’t really understand, like social security, Medicare, or Long Term Care Insurance.
We already mentioned the Jay Michaels article. Here are some of our other 2012 top picks in this category:
Retirement Reality Check by Betty Fitterman. We just loved the honest opinions and readable style in Betty’s 2 part article.
Latest Scouting Reports from Our Members – Carole contributed most of this article as Comments to the “Tell Us Where You Are Going to Retire” article – and then she added more!
Living the Cowboy Life in Retirement by Patricia Kennedy. Pat was kind enough to contribute a bunch of interesting retirement profiles last year, including her series on how to pick the right cruise. But the profile of her cowboy brother-in-law piqued a lot of interest!
Tip of the hat also to Artie, Betty and Jim, Billy and Akaisha Kaderli, Stephen Anderson, and many others who made such outstanding contributions to Topretirements during the year. Our apologies to anyone we might have overlooked. You can find their articles and more by exploring the “Categories” in our Blog.
Best Article Series
Reporting on the informative social security seminar led by Kurt Czarnowski made us realize how little we really understood about Social Security. That was enough to make What You Don’t Know About Social Security Might Hurt You our favorite series article of the year. In all the 3 part series generated over 60 Comments
Comments? So what were your favorite articles about retirement in 2012 – on this site or any other? What do you wish we had reported on? Please let us all know in the Comments section below.