Top Five of 2012

So I was checking out some of the site stats last night – something I rarely do here on my personal site – and spent some quality time looking at the data. Since I’m off at write-club today, trying to catch up after a slow weekend of writing, I’m going to take advantage of the data and the changing-of-the-year feel to showcase the most visited posts here on Petermball.com in 2012.

Number One: 13 Things Learned About Superhero Games After Running 30 Sessions of Mutants and Masterminds

Number Two: Why I Have Problems With the Big Bang Theory

I have to admit, the order of these two surprises me. I know a lot of people found their way here when I posted about my M&M campaign for the first time, largely courtesy of the link showing up on a bunch of gaming message boards. It represented probably the single-biggest spike in traffic I’ve ever had, and under any normal circumstances, I probably should have assumed it’d have a lock on the most-visited spot.

And yet…

I posted my concerns about the BBT back in March of 2011, and there isn’t a day goes by when *someone* doesn’t find their way here after searching for Big Bang Theory information (usually, for whatever reason, about the sexuality of the actors or some combination of are character X and character Y fucking; I imagine both sets of searchers are disappointed by the blog post they find). Had I been a bit more aware of the data tracking ’round these parts prior to this, I could probably tell you with some certainty that it’s the most popular blog post I’ve ever written and back it up with stats. Instead I just have to assume it.

In the number three slot: Pledging My Allegiance to the Fake Geek Army

Honestly, not a huge surprise. I don’t blog about gender issues all that often, but when I do, it generally accumulates some links and a spike in traffic.

Number four: Things I would do if I were planning on becoming an indie publisher…

For the record: I’m still not planning on becoming an indie publisher. Although I’ll let you in on a secret – I actually would have put all this into action, had I suddenly found myself unemployed at the end of 2012. There was a lot of turmoil at the day-job in 2012 and I put this together as a just-in-case, should the worse case scenario eventuate. I figured I could live on saving for about six months while I found my groove, then I’d look for some shitty part-time job while I looked at the data and worked out what needed to happen next.

Weird part is, I don’t really remember that many people linking to this one. It just seems to have crept up into the forth-place spot, all ninja-like.

And tied in the fifth-place spot

5 Short Story Recommendations in 1,012 Words or Less

Everything I know About Plot in 1,069 Words or Less

Seems I went through a phase with that words or less approach to a  title. Trust me when I say it’s coming back in 2013.

Trust me, also, that you’ve all just encouraged me to post about writing and things worth reading a lot more this year as well.

 

  2 comments for “Top Five of 2012

  1. 08/01/2013 at 1:18 AM

    That is an interesting list. Number one is surprising.

  2. 09/01/2013 at 2:58 AM

    A little, but there's generally not a lot of support out there for Superhero GMs. Plus, messageboard time is different to blog time, from what I've noticed. It kept the link visible for a week or two.

    I'm actually way more surprised that the 5 Short Story Recommendations post actually figured into the stats at all.

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