What an amazing 2014 it has been for us at Weelunk. The first three quarters of the year was spent fantasizing, strategizing, and organizing, followed by some planning and fundraising; after that some designing, hiring and — finally — launching. Since our launch on Nov. 1 we have welcomed nearly 60,000 unique visitors and 190,000 pageviews. The holiday break has given us the opportunity to take a break and a deep breath. We are now focusing on 2015 and some really cool ideas that we hope to initiate, such as some new sections and a revised calendar. But before we close the door completely on 2014, we would like to acknowledge our very favorite part of Weelunk: YOU.
“Weelunkers” are writers who aren’t on the Weelunk payroll. Pretty much any story you read here that’s not by Steve Novotney or Bill Hanna is a Weelunker story. Over 50 of you have contributed articles to Weelunk. From pizza to taxes, from hooligans to cheerleaders, it’s our contributors that help validate and move our mission forward: To help support the revitalization of Wheeling, W.Va. You have done so by telling the world (People from all 50 states and over 80 countries have visited this site.) that Wheeling is awesome, it is positive, and it is something to be PROUD of.
Keep sending us stories. For more information email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the 2014 Top 10 “Weelunker” stories determined by number of pageviews. Click on the images to read the stories again or for the first time.
#10 WPHS Cheerleaders Trained for Success
By Kalyee Miller, WPHS Junior
#9 Modern Victorian Cocktail: History, Family & Balance in a Century-Old Home
By Laura Jackson Roberts
#8 Victorian North Wheeling, A Place to Call Home
By Angela Zambito Hill
#7 Thanksgiving Eve at the Alpha
By Josh Wack
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#6 Somewhere Under the Rainbow
Story by Sarah Koegler, Photographs by Rebecca Kiger
#5 I Moved Back to Wheeling and My Kids Joined a Gang
By Erika Weidner
#4 Signs of Wheeling: Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow