By looking at the number of page views for our stories from 2017, we came up with our most popular stories of the year.
But there are other ways to measure success.
Some stories don't get a lot of page views — maybe people missed out on them because there was too much news that day, or the topic didn't appeal to them. But the people who do click on them spend a lot of time on the page. That's a sure sign of reader interest. We think of these posts as overlooked gems. Here are some of our most underappreciated Goats and Soda stories of 2017.
It's perhaps the unlikeliest symphony orchestra in the world — an all-female ensemble from a strict Muslim society where it's often dangerous for young women to step outside their homes unescorted.
Three small children walked along the gravel path, draped in ill-fitting clothing and followed by two young men and a man and woman in their 40s. "Y'all one family?" asked a member of a burial team. "One family," replied the older man, beaming through a weary face. "We are seven."
A new game called "Arranged" is darkly funny as it skewers the South Asian tradition of arranged marriage. The goal is to run away from the matchmaker.
"My father is dead, and my mother is in the bush," he says. He is probably about 6 but doesn't know for sure. He's got huge eyes, a beautiful smile and a sadness no child his age should have to endure.
The bacterium that causes gonorrhea is developing resistance to the antibiotics that have successfully treated it for decades.
"When I was a little mouse, I tried to make as much noise as a lion," says Dr. Agnes Binagwaho. "When I became stronger, I made less noise because the objective was to change."
Read the illustrated comic about the scientist who escaped Aleppo.
Pat Wilkins sold her condo and BMW, quit her job in the textile industry and went looking for a meaningful life. She decided to start a nonprofit to give kids a better chance to succeed in school. And at first it was a failure. So how's it doing now?
In her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky, the 2006 Princeton University grad writes about ordinary Africans who are resisting religious and cultural fundamentalism with acts of everyday bravery.