- The Lace Wars Project
- The Neulandia VSF campaign
- 28mm Plastic Figure reviews Perry, Victix WF etc etc
- Zvezda and Plastic Soldier Company Wargaming Models
- Adventures in Blue Board and Foamcore
- The Road to Leipzig
- Leipzig Orbats
- MDF Madness
- Rich Uncle Pat and the (non-European) Cold War
- My Own Rules and other wacky ideas
- Fortified Places
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Half a Million hits...a pause for thought
500,000+ Well, my, my, thank you all!
Little did I know when I started this blog back in December of 2010 that it would;
A. Last anywhere this long
B. Ever garner a half a million hits
C. Gain readers on every habitable continent
Frankly I am a bit surprised at this success, and heartened by all the positive feedback that my ill-organized ramblings have provided. I thank all of my readers, and particularly all the kind souls who have provided advice, encouragement and honest appraisals of my work.
Having noticed the milestone it gave me a thought to look back over the last eight years and see what has been popular, what hasn't and what I could do better. Blogger provides some (very) limited data resources but, as I haven't bothered to keep track, their data will have to do.
Most Popular Post;
In the last month; Blue Board Sabot Bases
Over all time; More Silliness with Blue Board
It struck me as odd that a off-the-top-of-my-head post about an Ork temple would be the most popular post. but then I noticed that the top five of the all time most popular posts were terrain articles, to wit;
More Silliness with Blue Board
Still More Silliness with Blue Board
Blue Board Sabot Bases
D.I.Y. Game Mats
To The Blue Foam Beyond
Now, I understand that a good few of these are from people linking to that page as an entry point to my blog instead of going to the homepage and linking from there (I have done the same thing myself with other blogs) but I do find it funny that the post that motivated them to link to my blog was one that stemmed from one of my rather mundane D.I.Y. efforts. This is further reinforced by the fact that of my organized Pages the link to Adventures in Blue Board and Foamcore has gotten far away the largest number of hits with over 14,000
Of the balance of the top ten posts three are figure reviews;
Conquest Norman Foot #6
Fireforge Teutonic Knights #9
Perry's Mounted Knights 1450-1500 #10
These I had thought would be more popular until just a few minutes ago when I Googled the subject, it seems that I am just one of thousands playing the "unboxing" game. Still I will continue to do them on any new figures that I purchase, I hope that they are received well as I do try to be honest and accurate (being as these are models I intend to add to my collection and not motivated by any commercial compensation).
And the last two are photo-stories, at number eight an AAR on one of R.U.P's visually stunning Cold War in Africa games; Somewhere In Africa which I thought odd as all of his games are over-the-top beautiful and at number seven a photo report on Spartacon 2018.
I was a a bit taken aback by the low ranking of the AAR, all of R.U.P's battle reports were commented on heavily and favorably; even some of my game reports caught the attention of readers enough to get a comment or two.
These sort of stats seem to indicate that I should stick with the arts and crafts postings but I suspect that the real truth of the matter is that the AARs and figure reviews are more popular than they seem as they are the producer of many more comments. Don't anybody get your hopes up for a better, more organized and streamlined blog. It is going to remain the same part-time stream of semi-consciousness mess that it has always been.
Thanks again to everybody who has put up with me so far, I hope you continue to enjoy the hobby as much as I do!