Our Most Popular Articles of the Year | Sams/Hockaday

Our Most Popular Articles of the Year | Sams/Hockaday

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It's always interesting to see what kinds of topics our readers enjoy the most. From podcasts to Medicare Advantage to Medicare Supplement reviews, here are our 10 most popular articles of the year.

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10. 22 Fun Facts About Decatur, IL

Since Sams/Hockaday was born and raised in Decatur, IL, it's exciting to see this article about our hometown keeping its spot in our list of most popular articles.

This was truly one of the most interesting articles for us to put together. Decatur has so much history behind it if you just take a moment to look!

If you've ever wondered how Soy Capital Bank got its name or how much history is really behind the Muni band, you're in for a treat. We won't spoil too much, so head on over to read the rest of this popular article: 22 Fun Facts About Decatur, IL

9. When Was the Last Time You Had a Life Insurance Policy Review?

If you currently have life insurance, your agent should be doing reviews for you — we call it a life insurance policy review.

If your current insurance agent isn't currently doing reviews, you ought to ask for them! Our agents here in Decatur, IL can also offer them, free of charge. As time goes on, things change. A life insurance policy review makes sure that as your life changes, your life insurance still makes sense.

Read more about what happens during these reviews in our 9th most popular article of the year: When was the last time you had a life insurance policy review?

8. Top 5 Tips for Beginner Gardeners In Illinois

Whether you're just starting your Illinois garden or you're wanting to improve your current one, David Sack's list of tips will help your garden get growing.  

Here are some of the things he's learned over the last few decades from gardening in central Illinois: Top 5 Tips for Beginner Gardeners in Illinois

7. Wellcare Value Script PDP Review

WellCare has become one of the most well-known companies in the Medicare Part D drug plan space. Many of our clients here at Sams/Hockaday have a WellCare PDP, so we decided to put together a full review on their Illinois drug plans.

We're happy to see so many of our readers doing their research, so if you'd like to learn more about WellCare, check out our 7th most-viewed article of 2020: WellCare Value Script PDP Review

6. 2020 Fireworks Guide for Decatur, IL

2020 was a strange year, and the lack of fireworks on the 4th of July was no exception. We planned to put out a 2020 fireworks guide for our Decatur community since the beginning of the year. However, as the months went on, we wondered if there would be fireworks happening at all.

It turned out there were only a few gatherings, and we hope there will be more to report in 2021. Be sure to check out this article and look for updates as we approach July in 2021: Fireworks Guide for Decatur, IL

5. 12 of the Biggest 21st Century Medical Advancements

Every day, scientists and doctors are working hard to make medical advancements. The 21st century is only 20 years old, and we have already had some pretty amazing breakthroughs.

From the completion of the human genome draft to cutting-edge cancer treatments, there are some incredible medical breakthroughs that are changing the way conditions and diseases are treated.

Check them out in our 5th most popular article of the year: 12 of the Biggest 21st Century Medical Advancements

4. 5 Modern Ways to Listen to Music

Sometimes, the articles that gain the most traction are a shock to us, and this one definitely is! Who knew that the up-and-coming ways to listen to music would be so interesting to our readers?

nNow that we have smartphones, tablets, computers, and satellite radio, we have a ton of different ways we can listen to music. There are virtually hundreds of apps, websites, and systems that offer music streaming services, so we've broken it down to our top 5 recommendations.  

We think you'll enjoy them along with all the individuals who helped this article become the 4th most popular of 2020: 5 Modern Ways to Listen to Music

3. How Can Medicare Advantage Have $0 Monthly Premiums?

Before you aged into Medicare, you were probably used to seeing health insurance plans with monthly premiums of over $500, and in some cases, even $800+.

So, how is it even possible that Medicare Advantage plans often have little to no monthly premium?

We break it down in our 3rd most popular article of 2020: How Can Medicare Advantage Plans Have $0 Monthly Premiums?

2. Accendo/CVS Health Medicare Supplement Review

There's a new Medicare Supplement carrier in town, and it goes by the name of Accendo Insurance Company. It first came onto the market in March 2020, and it's part of the CVS Health family of companies. Accendo is an Aetna affiliate, a name we all know and trust.

This new Medicare Supplement release was the largest one in our history, and for good reason! We weren't surprised to see this article make our list as the 2nd most popular one of 2020. Check out our review here: Accendo/CVS Health Medicare Supplement Review

1. 19 Best Podcasts Perfect for Seniors, Baby Boomers, and the Older Generation

Drumroll, please!

Our most popular article of 2020 (and 2018 and 2019 for that matter), is 19 Best Podcasts Perfect for Seniors, Baby Boomers, and the Older Generation! This article accounts for about 20% of our website's traffic, and we are all shocked by it.

When we wrote this article, we never thought it'd be the most popular article of the year – three years in a row! But alas, here we are.

Podcasts are amazing for a variety of reasons. For starters, you can listen to it anytime, anywhere. They're great to listen to while you're getting ready for the day, while exercising, while driving to work, while doing the dishes… you get the idea.

A typical podcast is about 30 minutes in length, and there are a ton of different genres to choose from. Some highlights from the list include:

  • Planet Money, a podcast about money, economics, and the value of things.
  • 99% Invisible, a podcast about design – not only architecture and graphic design, but the design of everyday life.
  • Ear Hustle, a podcast about what happens inside a prison.
  • The Art of Charm, a podcast about self-improvement.

These podcasts can be entertaining and insightful for people of all ages, but we thought they'd be great for the older generation, and you did, too!


There we have it. Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy the Sams/Hockaday blog, and here's to another great year. We look forward to serving you!

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