Thursday, January 3, 2008

Adirondack Almanack’s Most Read Stories of 2007

This year, we’re throwing out an anomaly. Due to the porn obsessed among us, the most read Adirondack Almanack story of the year was Naughty Nurses and the Cult of Halloween Sex. Apparently, “Halloween sex” and “naughty nurse” are quite in demand.

Frankly, the post is one of our favorites and I’m sure those looking for sexy nurses are surprised to find a feminist analysis of Halloween and the role of sex oriented costumes for women and girls. Here’s a sample:

Linking sexual images so closely to the profession of nursing–to even the fantasy idea that working nurses are sexually available to patients–reinforces long-standing stereotypes. Those stereotypes continue to discourage practicing and potential nurses, foster sexual violence in the workplace, and contribute to a general atmosphere of disrespect. Desexualizing the nursing image is a key part of building the strength the profession needs to overcome the current shortage, which threatens lives worldwide, and to meet the challenges of 21st Century health care.

So we decided to throw that one out this year, even though it probably deserves it’s spot at number one based on content and the surprise factor for those who land on it.

So on to this year’s list.

#10 Adirondack Northway Cell Phone Controversy
#9 North Creek: Center of the Adirondack Universe?
#8 Ticonderoga Plane Crash: Murder-Suicide?
#7 Lake George Cruise Boat Ethan Allen Tragedy
#6 Adirondack and New York State Map Round-Up
#5 1950s Adirondack Ads Online: Gaslight Village
#4 With Pipe and Book: Will Lake Placid Lose The Adirondacks’ Best Book Store?
#3 Adirondack Mountain Lions, Panthers, Pumas, and Cougars Oh My!
#2 Sopranos Premiere Set In The Adirondacks

and drum roll please…

the most requested story of 2007 (for the second year running)…

10 Deadliest Accidents in The Adirondack Mountain Region

Thanks for reading, and thanks for contributing your comments, and for supporting the Almanack through donations via PayPal (at right) and purchases from the Almanack Store.

And while we’re at it – we’d like to thank the top five referring Internet denizens – these folks sent more readers our way than any other spots on the net (save for the search engines). Thanks for the links and we wish you well in the coming year!

#1 North Country Now
#2 Adirondack Regional Tourism Council
#3 York Staters Blog
#4 NYCO’s Blog
#5 North Country Public Radio

Last year’s list of most read stories can be found here.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

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