Top Stories of 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, visit and look for “2015 top stories of the year” on the right side of the page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2015 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, unusual Ohio wildlife, all things draft horse, and farm technology also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2015.1. Which cat are you actually seeing in the woods in Ohio?Reports of unusual sightings of big cats are not uncommon throughout the United States and Ohio. From celebrities like Uncle Si of Ducky Dynasty professing to have seen a large panther-like black cat to friends and neighbors quietly professing to have seen such a cat or its tracks in Ohio, it is certain that the Buckeye State is not excluded with regard to sightings of large cats in the wild. Kim Lemmon’s late 2014 look at the mysterious large cats apparently prowling around Ohio generated an incredible response from Internet readers topping all other stories from 2015. The story itself is quite interesting, but the comments that follow are priceless and well worth reading to see just how many Ohioans have spotted a mysterious feline in the wilds of Ohio.2. A farmer’s storyThis straightforward story from Richard Flax from Clark County about his life-threatening experience in a grain bin last winter is a must read for anyone working around grain storage facilities. It only takes a moment to unwittingly put your life in danger. The story covers what Richard admits he did wrong, but also what was done right to turn a possible tragedy into a success story and a warning for others. Thanks to Richard for sharing his powerful story.3. Update on Coy Wolf sighting in OhioAre there crosses between coyotes and wolves roaming the rural areas of Ohio? There is evidence to suggest that is the case and we have photos to prove it. There are clearly plenty of people around the state interested in the topic and other mysteries of Ohio wildlife.4. Farmer uses comic relief to overcome challengesWhen Ross County farmer Adam Garman was growing up, if someone was laughing around him it was usually at his expense due to his speech impediment. Now he uses his stutter that was the source of his former ridicule to bring laughter to others as he has begun a secondary career moonlighting as a comedian around his day job at his family’s feed and supply business. “I’d be a lot funnier if I didn’t have this speech impediment,” Garman said. “But since I do have it the audience just has to wait a bit longer for that punch line.”5. Advice from grandpa keeping many farms in businessAs tough times continue for agriculture, there is much to be learned in sage advice from yesteryear. Multi-generational farm operations have some inherent challenges, but there are plenty of benefits to having grandpa around for advice. For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties, having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times.6. Still farming at 88 with no signs of stoppingAlthough we can never stop thinking about how agriculture needs to look in the future, some of the greatest assets have been around for a while. Ty Higgins stopped by a half-harvested soybean field in Shelby County this fall and jumped in a John Deere combine that was being piloted by 88-year-old Bernard Clinehens. In his lifetime, Clinehens has seen a Great Depression, a Dust Bowl, a Prohibition, multiple wars, two new states, and a boom in technology — both on and off of the farm — that changed the way we live today. Who wouldn’t want to learn from someone like that?7. Confessions of a former tree huggerAlan Walter refers to himself as a “tree hugger” when he first purchased his hilly, heavily wooded property in Harrison County. Since then, with all of the time Walter spent in the woods, he had plenty of opportunities to ponder his long-term objectives for the property. He wanted to manage the woods to produce big trees, improve water quality, stabilize the soil, increase wildlife and plant diversity, and improve the aesthetics. With these goals in mind, Walter found himself implementing management practices and making on-farm decisions that would have been unthinkable during his former “tree hugger” mindset.8. The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby HidyIn 2015, we lost our friend and co-worker Kirby Hidy, who was clearly loved by many in agriculture. After his passing, Ty wrote a beautiful tribute for Kirby that was read and enjoyed by his many friends in Ohio agriculture.9. FAA proposes rule for small drone operationThe last year was one of technological changes in agriculture. New technology, including drones, offers nearly limitless opportunity, but also new challenges. How do we manage all of this data effectively and responsibly to derive actual on-farm improvements? This story focused on the confusing rules and legalities of drone use on the farm as laws are struggling to keep up with rapid changes in technology.10. Not-so-scenic drive around NW OhioIn July, Ty and I got the chance to do an impromptu tour of some of the worst hit areas of Ohio after a soggy, flood-filled spring and early summer. The resulting pictures looked very bad, but still could not fully capture how awful the crops looked in some areas after some of the most challenging conditions seen in a lifetime on farms in the area.Field along the Miami River. Photo by Doug Longfellow.last_img read more

The Most Influential Websites in the World: Wikipedia #1, Twitter #4 With a Bullet

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#Statistics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A year ago we profiled an oddly-named service called ://URLFAN, which we concluded was a good ‘Influence Index’ for the Web. ://URLFAN ranks websites by popularity, based on blog mentions. Unlike analytics services like Alexa or Compete, ://URLFAN doesn’t measure website traffic. It’s similar to Technorati, only ://URLFAN ranks all websites and not just blogs.We noted in our original review that ://URLFAN’s ranking list will inevitably be biased towards users of social media – and in particular bloggers. That’s a relatively small proportion of the world, however we think it’s still a useful index because social media users are highly influential. With that in mind, which websites are currently ranked the most influential on the Web?://URLFAN is, as we write this, “currently ranking the popularity of 3,783,534 websites by parsing 302,023,552 blog posts from 5,948,937 blog feeds.”The list below is ://URLFAN’s all-time top 10. The number in brackets to the right of each item is last year’s top 10 ranking (Nov ’08).#1. (1)#2. (3)#3. (2)#4. (9)#5. (4)#6. (6)#7. (-)#8. (5)#9. (7)#10. (8)There is one new entrant, Facebook at #7. moved out of the top 10, dropping from #10 last year to #12 this year.Twitter is the biggest mover, up 5 places to #4.Wikipedia is still the most cited website on the Web, for social media users and bloggers. YouTube and Flickr, two oft-used media sharing services, occupy the next two spots.Last year we noted that there were 10 independent blogs in the top 100, including ReadWriteWeb. There are the same number this year, with a couple of new entrants. Here is the blog list circa November ’09, again with last year’s rank bracketed: #23 (#25)#26 (#32)#33 (#28)#37 (#29)#39 gizmodo (-)#41 (#91)#53 (#50)#60 (#63)#78 (#97)#93 smashing magazine (-)Finally, what’s new at ://URLFEED this year? You guessed it, a Real-Time Web feature! The site has introduced a Real-time Buzz Radar, which tracks buzzwords in the blogosphere. ‘Chrome OS’ is number 5 on the list currently, on the back of Google’s Chrome OS event last week.://URLFAN isn’t a perfect measure of influence – you could easily argue that Google’s PageRank is far better. However we continue to like the concept and we believe it’s an accurate and up-to-date reflection of influential websites on the Web. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Slipping Back Into What You’ve Always Done

first_imgThe challenge you have when you decide to improve your results is not that there isn’t information available to you that would help your progress—and quickly. There is more than enough information, and everything you need to know is already known. If a lack of information was your obstacle, it would easily be overcome.The results you want are not out of reach because you don’t have time to achieve them. All you have is time. What you do with that time is a decision that you make. It doesn’t matter where you are now or where you want to go. You have the time to accomplish much, more than you believe possible.The distance between where you are now and the results that you want are also not likely the result of your inability to do what is necessary. It is almost an absolute certainty that you can do what you would need to do to have what you want. Even if you lacked the ability to achieve your goal in the same manner as someone else, your human creativity and resourcefulness would be enough to get you there some other way.What prevents you from having what you want is an unwillingness to do what is necessary to have it. That unwillingness often comes from the strong desire to seek comfort over discomfort. Even if you have the information, the time, and the ability, the pull of what is comfortable drags you right back to doing what you’ve always done. It’s familiar, it’s easy, and it requires little effort—and all without the lack of the discomfort that goes hand in hand with growth.What should make you uncomfortable is being comfortable. The real danger isn’t in failing, losing, or taking more time than you expected to produce the result you want. The real danger is slipping back into what is familiar, and in doing so, producing a result that is far less than you are capable of and living with the regret of not becoming the version of you that comes after this one.last_img read more

Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: In-form India hammer Japan 9-0 to top table

first_imgIndia outclassed Japan 9-0 in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Sunday to maintain its unbeaten run with its third straight win in the round-robin stage in Muscat.India gave absolutely nothing away in the match and scored the goals through Lalit Upadhyay (4th and 45th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (17th and 21st), Mandeep Singh (49th and 57th), Gurjant Singh (8th) and Kothajit Singh (42nd).This was India’s second win over Japan after the 8-0 scoreline in the Asian Games pool stages. Japan however, went on to win the gold medal while India settled for bronze in the Jakarta and Palembang Games.With their third successive win, India lead the six-team event’s league standings with a maximum nine points, followed by Malaysia on six points from two games.Upadhyay opened the Indian scoring in the fourth minute with a diving deflection and again got into the action in the 45th minute for his double, while Harmanpreet converted a penalty stroke in the 17th minute and then sounded the board with a low penalty corner shot in the 21st minute.As Japan’s defence was swept away by the Indian raids, Mandeep Singh capitalised on two openings in the last quarter — in the 49th and 57th minute.Japan’s goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa was injured in the eighth minute when he blocked Harmanpreet’s penalty corner shot, only for the ball to rebound to Gurjant, who flicked it in. Thereafter, reserve Yusuke Takano had to bear the brunt of the Indian attack.Indian coach Harendra Singh was pleased by his team’s ruthless performance.advertisement”The way we played was good. We played to a plan and did not allow Japan’s team to play in a certain manner,” said Harendra.On the points table, Pakistan have three points from two matches, while Japan are on three points in three games. South Korea and Oman have lost both their matches.Japan coach Siegfried Aikman said India were too strong to be contained in this contest.”We tried our level best, but they were very strong. We were below the level as India sparkled with their speed, agility and hard-press game,” said Aikman.Defending champions India will next face Malaysia on Tuesday.India had earlier defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in their last match. Manpreet Singh (24th), forward Mandeep Singh (31st) and Dilpreet Singh (42nd) scored for India with the captain’s impressive performance earning him ‘Man of the Match’ award.India dominated the proceeding despite Muhammad Irfan Jr’s first minute strike that had put Pakistan ahead.Ranked fifth in the world, India went into the match with a 10-match unbeaten streak against Pakistan but it was the World No. 13 side, who started in good rhythm.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more