What makes a video popular online? At the heart of each of the tales that struck a chord with CBC Ottawa viewers was a simple story: a quest for valour, the love of a special pet or, as in the aptly named 'How to climb out of a sinkhole', basic survival. Beyond the news of the day, these are the stories that made a lasting impression.
No. 5: A quest for valour
His journey and his simple message were also compelling, as Ashley Burke discovered.
WATCH: A quest for valour
No. 4: How to climb out of a sinkhole
The sinkhole, how it formed and how to fix it dominated the news in the next few months, but what endures is Unger's story and his decision to climb out of the hole.
See also: RAW Sinkhole survivor
No. 3: Walter the Crow finds a home
But what made Walter the Crow so compelling was not how the family loved him, but how he loved them back: perching on the handle-bars of Livia Renaud's bike, tagging along on walks and, most astonishing of all, flying to meet the children after the school bell rang. We couldn't get enough of Walter.
WATCH: Walter the Crow finds a home
See also: RAW Meet Walter the Crow
No. 2: Owner sprays would-be robbers
He later said he hoped the fight was the last for him and his wife.
"We don't want the fights to happen again, I hope no more happen again," said Yang.
See also: Store clerk bear-sprays would-be robbers
No. 1: Blackbirds dive-bomb Ottawa joggers
Animal videos are always a big hit online. But shooting a story about red-winged blackbirds attacking joggers along the Rideau Canal posed a problem: what if we got there, and nothing happened? And where to set up the camera to catch the action?
As CBC reporter Cory O'Kelly tells us, the stake out location was the key. Camera operator Michel Aspirot set up far enough away to watch both the bird's nest and the path of the joggers, and the flight path in between.
The resulting story made for, to paraphrase a canal-path observer, "top-notch entertainment", and was the most watched video of the year.