Saturday, May 3, 2014

100th Blog Post!

I've hit a pretty exciting milestone here! And as is tradition on milestones, we must take a look back at where we have been and where we are headed in the future.

started this blog 610 days (or 1 year, 8 months, 2 days) ago. That means that I have posted an average of one post every 6.1 days. I think that's a pretty good pace; it's enough to say that I'm pretty active, but it hasn't burned me out, and people haven't gotten fed up with me yet. At the time I thought I would be using it to talk about "any projects that I get myself into, reviews for games that I play, and anything else that I can think of." Let's see how true that ended up being.

47 posts have been video game reviews. I'm kind of surprised that this isn't higher, since it sometimes feels like that is all I do. Part of the reason I started this blog was because I realized that it would help to have my reviews written down before the podcast I review them on
16 posts have been about dreams I have had, which was something that I was not anticipating at all. So far all of my dream posts have been about current dreams. I'm planning on reaching back into some of the dreams that I had as a kid, because those are pretty great.
7 posts have been movie reviews. I don't watch many movies during their theater run, but that is changing since I have more disposable income now. You can bet that a lot of them will be Marvel movies, since I'm pretty heavily invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4 posts have been television reviews. There are a lot of classic shows that I need to watch, as well as one or two that I am keeping up with, so I expect to write about those.
Some miscellaneous posts have included building my desktopmy experiment with a biphasic sleep cycle, and some nostalgia trips.

Now some viewage statistics:
Fly, Catbug, Fly! First Impressions has 652 views; this is probably because Catbug is very popular with Bravest Warriors fans, but the game is not big enough to have reviews on large game journalism sites.
The Wolf Among Us Episode 1 Review has 436 views. Not sure why, there are lots of other places that have reviewed the game.
Yellowstone has 361 views, hopefully mostly from people who know me who wanted to see pictures from my vacation. It had the most views until the last couple of months, when the above two posts apparently got a bunch more views.
Dishonored Review has 298 views. I was really disheartened to find out that part of the reason this has gotten so many hits is because it shows up when you search for "dishonored porn." Good going, internet.
Starpocalypse Review has 291 views. SMBC is once again something with a lot of fans, but isn't big enough to get reviewed on most entertainment sites.

In all the blog has gotten 22,888 views, which averages out to 37.5 views per day. I'm pretty happy with that, but of course I want to improve on it. Since viewage naturally spikes whenever I write a post, the easiest way to do that would be to post more often. I thought about monetizing my blog at one point (I put a lot of time and effort into it) but apparently I need to prove my identification to Google with like five different forms.
Countries: United States of course leads by far (17828), then Canada (529), UK (485), Russia (472), Germany (434), and Latvia (391). Wait, Latvia??
Browser/OS: Most of my viewers use Chrome (64%) or Firefox (18%), which makes me really happy. Windows only accounts for 54% of my views, which is surprisingly lower than their ~90% market share. Linux is really high at 30%, which to me means that I have a pretty tech-savvy audience.

Looking to the future, I anticipate continuing the dream journals and game reviews, probably with more movie and television reviews as well. Next fall I will be studying abroad in Sweden, so I might have a mini series about overseas shenanigans. In any case, you can be sure that I'll continue blogging for the foreseeable future, unlike some people I know.