It’s time for Kristin and I to to sign off for the holidays. Because so few people visit the website between Christmas and New Year’s, we’ve decided to take the time off.
This year is a little different, though, because Kristin and I won’t be returning to write for Green Bay Consumer after the new year.
It’s been a nearly 4-year journey for myself (besides a brief respite this past spring where I cut back on my duties for a while). I’ve learned a lot of things in that time, and one of them is that it doesn’t matter who is behind the scenes of a site like this, the readers are interested in the content provided. Once a new writer is found for Green Bay Consumer, I’m sure you’ll continue to follow along, whether it’s on Facebook, the daily email, Google+, or Twitter.
I started my original site as a way to help friends and family save some money. I hope I’ve done that. I also did it as a way to encourage people to Pay It Forward when you did find a fabulous deal. There are always others in need, whether it’s groceries or toiletries or clothes. Grabbing a great deal can also mean extra donations to those that need it.
Along the way we’ve also provided consumer-related information that we hope you’ve found useful. Highlighting free or cheap events in the area has also been something we’ve enjoyed doing. We have also been able to provide many giveaways as a thank you to our readers.
Despite our love of Amazon.com, we’ve also tried to champion the locally-owned restaurants and stores along the way. Green Bay Consumer has provided a lot of free advertising for many area businesses, so I hope they have appreciated it.
Thank you to all of you that made purchases on Amazon.com, printed coupons through our site, or bought Groupons or Deal Chicken deals. They’ve helped the site survive if not necessarily make a huge profit.
Who knows what the future brings?
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. So long 2013, good luck in 2014!
Green Bay Consumer is about to reach a milestone. Since starting in April 2011, the site has been viewed nearly one million times! (As of this writing, we’re at 996,747) That’s a lot of visits! We should reach the milestone sometime in the next week or two.
It’s been a long hard road at times, but one that we wouldn’t have traded for the world. The owners of the site, Jon and Jason, as well as Kristin and I, thank you for your support. We couldn’t have reached the milestone without you!
In case you missed our post on Facebook last night, some important news for those that shopped Target in recent weeks. The retail giant is investigating a security breach involving credit and debit cards.
The data breach is believed to have begun on November 27 up to December 15. The security breach happened in stores and not online.
The United States Secret Service is involved in the investigation which could affect millions of shoppers who visited the store during that time frame.
As we look back on 2013, there were quite a few consumer stories in the Green Bay area that stuck out. I thought it would be fun to go through our compiled stats and share which stories Green Bay Consumer readers couldn’t get enough of during the year.
The biggest story that was no surprise to us was Costco coming to Green Bay in 2013! Every day since the news broke in February, more than 100 people visited our website for information on Costco building a store in Green Bay. Every. Single. Day. That story alone was viewed more than 18,000 times!
Our original post on Kids Eat Free (or cheap)! was our second most popular article. People love using it as a reference. We’ve recently updated the list and have included it on our home page under “Popular Posts.”
Gordmans coming to Green Bay! was another popular article from 2013. Many people were happy to hear that the discount retailer was building a store in Ashwaubenon. Our tie-in to that post with a giveaway was also a big hit.
Always a favorite since it was first published in 2011, our Which Grocery store in the area is cheapest? The results also garnered a lot of viewing. My informal research done on area grocery stores and it’s follow-up article are featured under “Popular Posts”.
Free meals and more on your birthday was frequently visited. Another “Popular Post”, I originally wrote it after my birthday in January of 2013. It is definitely in need of updating as I’ve found out about quite a few more birthday freebies/deals since then.
Other articles that garnered a lot of interest included:
- Denis Sport Shop Store Closing: up to 70% off,
- Green Bay Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale June 1, 2013,
- Time for the Drive-In Movie Theaters,
- Fall Fun: Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
- Hooters: Green Bay & Appleton closing.
What was your favorite Green Bay Consumer story of the year?