Wow. This blog has now been chugging for 2 years. I never thought I’d be able to stick with it this long, or even have as much to talk about as I have. It’s become something that I have just integrated into my daily life.
As I have said many times previously, I would not be as engaged in this blog, or certainly still be posting, if it wasn’t for the great community I have followed throughout here on WordPress. Everyone that leaves comments, posts great content, it all is something uniquely special. Thanks again everyone.
This chart shows total views over the past two years. As you can see I started fairly strong up till March in the first year, before a massive drop-off. Things held steady until the following winter, which dipped back down in the spring. I guess the Spring is a weaker viewing season for whatever reason.
An encouraging sign is that this month is one of my best of all time! Again, the stats lean heavily on the success of my Magic guide. I wonder how next Spring will turn out if I get to three years.
Most Popular Post Stats
I’ve written over 116 posts as of the time of this writing, so now my screenshot list is just what will fit on the screen. I’m still a bit astounded that the post count is over 100. Here’s to 200!
It appears we have a new champion as most popular post of all time – my guide to playing Empire in Total War: Warhammer. I’d noticed that it was often getting spikes in viewers. I have no idea what has made it so popular. I did try to go fairly in depth in some of the points, and it was a longer post.
The most expensive N64 games post from way, way back still sits up near the top. Despite being dethroned, that post continues to get continuous visitors. I need to add to that “series” by including SNES and maybe Game Boy games.
Another new comer to the list is last weeks post – my guide to the competitive Magic: The Gathering scene. That post had an explosion of visitors via Reddit, and I really did try to make that a comprehensive guide on the subject (having not seen something similar elsewhere). We will see if it can hang with the consistent view-getters up top.
Overall, it appears that the triumvirate of rarest N64 games, upcoming VR sets, and the Binding of Isaac guide are probably my most consistent posts of all time. All of them took we awhile to draft and revise so I am glad those particular posts got recognition.
This list is the most popular posts of the previous year from today. The list remains pretty much the same, with the Magic Primer and the FF6 guide a little higher.
It was encouraging to see my good buddy Nick’s guest post make it near the top of the list. I hope he decides to take the plunge on his own blog, and obviously I think we may see more of his Pokemon thoughts on this blog.
Reviews often get some of the least views. I think that my Witcher 3 review has become the all-time leader in views. I find that a bit funny since I thought it was one of my weaker writing efforts, but the popularity of the game may have boosted its exposure on search engines.
- Search Engines (Google -> Bing -> Yahoo!)
This list had no changes from the previous look backs.
Reddit is tough to judge. Putting up a post over there is hit or miss and is dependent on time of day as well as chosen subreddit. Not to mention the guaranteed criticism you’ll find in the comments.
I’m still surprised that Facebook brings anything in (or Twitter for that matter). I have completely neglected my Facebook page, but try to remain somewhat active on Twitter.
The discrepancy between the groups is huge. Search engines are by far the biggest referrer, with Reddit a distant second. Reddit is a massive margin above the rest on the list.
I’d like to try and be more active on Twitter and perhaps see if it can move up the list.
Where Visitors Are Coming From
In my previous posts, I’ve only looked at the top five countries that have logged visitors, but for today I took a screenshot of a larger portion.
The top five countries of origin remain the same, and I think the previous analysis still holds true: this blog is in English, hence the English-speaking countries are more likely to come by.
I am quite surprised to see Gibraltar so high, and I’d be interested in trying to figure out why the various European mainland countries are ranked as they are. Germans must like Total War or expensive N64 games I guess.
I’m still thinking up some improvements I would like to implement in the next year.
One big thing is to reorganize my drop down menus and tagging/categories. Now that I have so many posts and have found some more specific focus, I think an overhaul is overdue.
I would also like to create a page that ranks all of my review scores. I have no idea what that list would have as the top or lowest scores, but I’m interested in finding out. Now that I have quite a few reviews, I think that list maybe worthwhile.
I’d also like to continue to be more involved in commenting on others posts. I do always try to read through the reader for all those I follow, but often don’t have time to comment or just forget to.
I would also like to go through and find a slew of new blogs to follow. I use to do that fairly often, making new blogging buddies in the process. Nowadays its normally just a new one here or there. Always nice to see some fresh takes.
Overall, I am very happy I decided to make this blog and that its been consistent over two years. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had other stabs at blogs but none lasted longer than a couple months at the most. Particlebit has set a new personal standard.
If you have any comments or thoughts please write it out in the comments! Especially for those that frequently come by, I’d really like to hear your feedback. I am always trying to improve.