You can measure the impact of a news story in a variety of ways, from the number of times people click on it, to how many times they share it on Facebook or Twitter, to whether it’s mentioned in political discourse. This year, we’re sharing with you a different measurement: the total amount of time you spent reading the stories.

These are pieces that many people clicked on and then spent a lot of time reading. All combined, you spent about seven years reading the top 10 stories.

The state Basketball Tournament, climate change, a heroin overdose death, a pileup on an icy highway, and a manhunt in northern Maine are among the posts produced in 2015 that grabbed your attention and held it the longest. Check them all out here:

1. Live updates from the Basketball Tournament 

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 2. In 50-49 vote, US Senate says climate change not caused by humans

Inhofe is greeted by a reporter as he arrives for the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

3. Coleen Sheran Singer’s obituary

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4. Why the FDA is warning Americans about ibuprofen

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5. More than 70 vehicles involved in I-95 pileup, 17 people taken to Bangor hospitals

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6. Family shines light on addiction with Caribou man’s obituary 

7. Manhunt underway in northern Penobscot County after four people shot

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8. Live updates: 5 shot, 2 killed in northern Maine 

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9. M.I.A. on the AT

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10. Cards Against Humanity’s breakup of Maine island stirs controversy

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on issues of sexual...