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Austin.com's Top 5 Articles of 2013

As 2013 winds down, we present our most read articles of the year.

2013 was a busy year for us here at Austin.com. With our emphasis on new, original content we have seen an explosion of readers these past twelve months. We want to thank all of you for making this year so successful for us. We'll have some nice surprises and changes in store for you guys in the next few months or so - but it's your loyalty and patronage that has laid the foundation for us to be able to make these changes. So, thank you!

We'd like to now take a look back at the five articles we've published this year that you folks have read the most. 

5. POW! BAM! Superheroes Team Up With Austin Symphony by Rebecca Bennett
    Published: September 3, 2013

On October 10th of this year, the Austin Symphony Orchestra presented an evening of music celebrating the comic book superheroes we all love. Complete with "a costume competition, a special mystery guest, lighting effects [and] big screen visuals," this event appealed to orchestra enthusiasts and pop culture fans alike. The announcement of the concert lead to one of our most read articles of the year.

4. Buried Treasure: Construction Unearths Cave in North Austin by Rebecca Bennett
    Published: August 12, 2013

"On June 13, Round Rock road crews made a stunning discovery that has since interrupted construction along one portion of RM 620 — a large stalagmite and stalactite cavern said to rival Inner Space Cavern in beauty."

This past summer, we were reminded that the natural beauty of Texas isn't just right in front of us. Sometimes, the most beautiful sights are hidden underground.

3. 15 Twitter Accounts Every Austinite Should Follow by Kevin Sullivan
    Published: November 9th, 2013

Who doesn't love a list? Unless there's a Batman villain named "List-Hating Man" that we're not aware of, pretty much nobody. Which is why our list of fifteen of our favorite Austin-based Twitter accounts was so popular. 

Clearly, as we mentioned in the original article, there are way more than fifteen Twitter accounts coming out of or about Austin. But you guys read it enough and shared it with your friends enough to not only tell us that we were on to something, but made it one of our most popular articles of the year.

2. The Five Most Austin Things To Do When You're In Austin by Stephen C. Webster
    Published: May 7th, 2013

Despite the influx of new residents over the last decade, Austin still prides itself on being "weird". As this article from our former managing editor and good friend Stephen C. Webster showcases, there's still plenty of the "weird" left in Austin to enjoy.

From bats to beer to tacos, our list of the most Austin-y things to do in our amazing town drew a lot of attention and made it our second most read article of the year. 

1. 10 Christmas Songs Written By Austinites by Rebecca Bennett
    Published: December 22nd, 2013

List. Christmas. Willie Nelson. Add those together and you have the most popular article of the year on Austin.com.

Rebecca Bennett's look at classic Christmas tunes written by Austin residents included such artists at Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Bob Schneider and Shelly King. For a city so associated with music, it's no wonder that this article drew more readers than any other in 2013. 

Thanks again to all of you helping us make 2013 such an amazing year. On a personal note, taking over as managing editor of Austin.com is a dream job for me and I can't wait to see what 2014 brings.

Happy New Year, everybody!

All photo credits are listed in their individual articles. Thank you to all the photographers who have provided these photos as well as the writers who have provided such amazing content for Austin.com over the past 12 months,


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