Two years and counting! I seem to remember that some of you have blog birthdays around this same time too right?
47% Increase in posting frequency, Comments on my posts increased by 163%
Total Views: 21,407 (3,055 last year)
Best Month: 2,281 views in January, 2010 (1000 last year)
Busiest Day: 270 views on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 (100 last year)
Top 5 Posts: Carrier Strike Group, A New Breed of CSM, Naming Your Ship, APB “Review”, Battleship…ur doin it wrong.
* Note, views to my home page blow all of those away. This is the up and down of not requiring you to “jump” after a break in the post.
Search Terms That Make You Go “Hmmm”: strange buzzing at night, “birthday . come”, koolaid, common sense (one of the highest rated search terms lol), things that make you dizzy (26 times…)
Statistic That Means Something, But I Don’t Know What: Most actively commented month was July (52), which was the same as last year (55)
Highest Rank on MassiveBlips: #34 on the MMO Blog Charts
A friend asked me this year – what does it take to have a successful blog? Thats a good question. It depends really on how you define success. For me, I think this year was a success. And I think the reason why, honestly enough, is time. Lots of people can write decently enough to keep a blog running, and have enough ideas to keep people coming back. But dedication is the key. When you look over to the side of my site and see archives dating back to 2008, that means something I think. You know that I’ve been here awhile and will continue to be here awhile.
One interesting thing I found is that after I decided not to try to knock myself out posting every day, my average posting rate actually went up. All things in moderation right?
Anyway, to answer the unasked questions – yes, I do still plan on upgrading a bit to a hosted plan with my own domain, which is technically my wife’s birthday gift to me. And yes, this week, I do plan a post revealing my vocation – which, as I have noted before, I think has a unique vantage point on MMO’s.
Goals for the Coming Year:
I aimed waaay too high last year. I missed both my goals. But that’s okay, nothing wrong with a little learning experience, right? So with that in mind, I tried to set more reasonable goals this year. Just FYI, I don’t set goals around statistics. (-:
1) Get a regular gaming group together. Every time I read about The Ancient Gaming Noob’s weekly group gaming sessions, I get jealous. I haven’t had a regular gaming group since the early days of Vanguard, and every time I try to form one with friends in real life or friends online, something goes astray. Consider this a recruiting notice. I am looking for a few good players, bloggers or not, to get together on a regular (read: weekly) basis to play an MMO together. I don’t really care which one. I don’t really care when we play and I’m open every night from 8pm CST onwards.
2) There isn’t really one. If I get the above group going, that’ll be good enough for me. I would like a custom header for the new site at some point I guess. And game wise, there is always the elusive “Max Level” achievement that I’ve yet to reach in any game, even in (and this is really sad) Shadowbane. But mainly just the group.
MMO Subscriptions: Eve Online (11 months), Star Trek Online (8 months), Champions Online (2 months), LotRO (1 months), EQ 2 (3 months), APB (20 hours played)
Free Games and Unlimited Trials: The Reincarnation, Age of Conan
Free Time: LotRO, Fallen Earth, City of Heroes/Villains, Champions Online
The Best of the Rest: Arkham Horror (Board), Anima (Card), Arcana (Card), Anima RPG (Worldbook and GM Guide both goth released this year)
Thank you to all of you who continue to read and support me. Special Thanks (above and beyond the above 5 bloggers who drove traffic here) to Ysharros for continuing to light up my comment board on a regular basis (50 this year, 76 total, plus 3 direct links)! I’m looking forward to finding out what year three will be like!