My site is River Edges. It covers the southern part of Cobb County, GA and the western edge of the City of Atlanta.
The traffic on my site has been very low, since I haven't even been publicizing it in its limited target area. 200 hits is a high number for the first day of any of my articles. The two recent articles generating the most traffic are one I wrote on a community meeting about possible cityhood for Mableton (an unincorporated area), and an article about a shutdown of the Smyrna City Council during protests over the shooting of a young black man by police.
Police relations with the African-American community are a big issue in Cobb County, and I intend to write and publish on it extensively. That would be the sort of issue that could potentially attract racist comments and trolling, if the comments sections at other sites is any indication.
My most consistent reader interaction has actually been on facebook. There are a few community groups on facebook that are amenable to links to my articles, and the discussions there dwarf the number of people who post directly on my site. The ratio is something like 50:1.
I like the comment sections on FiveThirtyEight.com, the New York Times, and Political Wire. All three tend to attract a more thoughtful and less noisy discourse.
There are too many to choose from among sites on which I apply the "don't read the comments" rule.
Politico may have improved since they installed a facebook interface (people behave themselves a little better if they're posting under their real identities), but at one point the comments there were out of control.