While The New York Times had its "Year in Pictures" and Gizmodo had its "6 Greatest YouTube Reviews of Quiznos Sandwiches of 2015," we decided to compile our own "year in review list" in honor of fast-fading 2015. And what better place to start than our Facebook page—your favorite virtual spot for oohing and ahhing (and maybe the occasional bickering). From manatee sightings to attacks on clean water restoration to polar plunges to rebounding blue crabs to . . . Kevin Bacon (?!), it's been quite a year for CBF on Facebook. So without further ado, we give you our Top 10 Facebook Posts of the Year!
- Reaching more than a million people (not to mention momentarily shutting down our website), this Facebook post, which describes Maryland Governor Hogan's attack on Chesapeake restoration, was by far our most popular of the year.
- Forget Star Wars—oysters are far more interesting than Han Solo! Our favorite bivalve had a leading role in this Facebook video, our second most popular Facebook post of 2015, reaching close to 400,000 people and watched more than 130,000 times. Wow.
- This inspiring shot of a humpback whale showing off near the Cape Henry entrance of the Bay came in at number three, reaching almost 350,000 admirers.
- More humpback whales and the very same photographer Brian Lockwood captured spot number four, reaching more than 300,000 people.
- Manatees in the Bay?! Yes, it can happen! And when it does, Facebookers can't seem to get enough. This curious fellow, who popped up in July near the Potomac River, inspired 5,339 likes and 2,010 shares, reaching more than 300,000 people and earning our fifth most popular post of the year.
- Who said old news is no news? This 2013 story of an ancient ocean discovered underneath the Bay grabbed our sixth spot, reaching more than 200,000 Facebookers.
- "A picture is worth a thousand words," and don't we know it in this photo album featuring startlingly clear, beautiful Bay waters from CBF photographer and educator Bill Portlock. These stunning photos captured a vision of what the Bay and its rivers could be permanently if we are to achieve the pollution reductions necessary for healthy, sustainable waters across the region. Learn more about the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint here.
- It was a gorgeous, 40-degree December day just perfect for a swim. And that's exactly what a few committed (or maybe crazy) CBFers did to say thank you to those who helped us not only meet but far exceed our #GivingTuesday goal! Our polar plunge video came in at our eighth most popular Facebook post, reaching more than 150,000 people and watched nearly 23,000 times.
- In August, many of you learned about all the things you and Kevin Bacon have in common (namely a shared love of the Bay and its rivers). This video post, which describes said love, came in at our ninth most popular Facebook post of the year. We know you're just itching to have less than six degrees between you and Kev, so watch it now:
- It's been a tough year all around the world, but this Daily Press article about the Bay's rebounding blue crab population gives us hope. Take a look and feel good and light going into the New Year.
For those of you who made it all the way through our Top 10, congratulations! And make sure to follow us on Facebook (if you aren’t already) for the latest and greatest in 2016 . . .
CBF's Senior Manager of Digital Media