With it being New Years Eve, I like to take the time to reflect on how my blog progressed over the year. Despite having Jetpack installed and running via WordPress, I still go through Google Analytics when pulling up this info, as it’s much more accurate. I will admit that I didn’t have high expectations this year as I had a lot of other stuff going on that distracted me from posting regularly, but I still wanted to take a look at some stats.
- My site had 83,749 unique visitors in 2013 (41,622 less than the 125,371 visits I had in 2012)
- 44,579 visitors were from the good ol’ U.S. of A, 5,767 came from across the pond in jolly old England, 5,408 visitors were our neighbors to the north, the came the French at 4,836 and the Germans at 3,493.
- The average user spent 32 seconds on each page view…not exactly great stuff. Though it’s an improvement over last year’s average view time of 31 seconds!
- Chrome continues to be the main browser of choice, with 31,355 people viewing my blog through it. Second are the sad iPeople, as 18,562 views came via Safari. 15,961 weirdos are still using Firefox and 9,608 dinosaurs used Internet Explorer (I’m looking at you, mom & dad)
- Google Analytics now tracks devices as well, so I could see that 60,665 people used their PCs, 26,305 used their phones and 6,189 used their tablets when viewing my site. I will say that my blog is very smartphone/tablet friendly for your viewing purposes when on the go.
- To go even further, Google Analytics even tracks each device. The top mobile device used to view my site was the iPhone, followed by the iPad, the iPod, and then the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only am I surprised by this seeing how low in the totem pole Safari is, but I’m especially shocked to find that more people access my blog through their iPods than and Samsung phone. That doesn’t sound right to me at all.
Now that the nitty-gritty is over, here are the Top Ten most popular posts of the year. To make this more of a New Year’s thing, let’s do it count-down style instead:
Steak is dwindling in popularity, seeing how it dropped from my seventh top post last year to tenth this year. I still have to laugh at this making the Top Ten of 2013, seeing how I wrote it in 2009 and it didn’t break the Top Ten until last year. Plus it’s not even a good post, just a short rant about my craving for a steak at the time. I guess 2,111 people still wanted to hear about my first time eating a prime rib.
2,356 people had nightmares after reading about my own personal ghost story. This one got more views than last year, and I’m glad it continues to dominate the Top Ten each year. It’s still one of my favorite posts that I wrote. On a side note, this year my dad had the room where I saw the ghost in tore down. He claims the room was dilapidated and wasn’t fit for habitation anymore, but I think he was scared of what lurked in there.
Yes, you read that correctly. My eighth most popular blog was NOT an actual article, but a picture of Radagast covered in bird poop from the first Hobbit movie. 2,614 people found this picture through my blog rather than reading the actual article, which ONLY 108 people saw. That makes me want to cry…
RPG character build guides continue to be a popular component of this site, and it’s amazing to see people still stumbling across one of my guides from Sacred 2, which I did in 2009. I’ve really been slacking with those lately, as I wanted to do a couple for Diablo III. Well, 2,627 people out there still give a damn about Sacred 2, and I’m sure that number will go up as Sacred 3 is set to release next year.
Yet another obscure RPG character build guide, this one focusing on the melee class of Dungeon Hunter Alliance. I’m shocked that 2,790 people wanted to read about how to build up their warrior, seeing how the game is a pretty basic RPG with little need for a strategy guide. I guess the old saying “if you post it they will come” proves itself yet again…
Well at least a current game’s character build guide made it to the Top Ten, as 3,258 people wanted some tips on how to build up their Elf in Dragon’s Crown. Dragon’s Crown is a fantastic RPG, and if not for Diablo III and Kingdom Hearts it would have been my top choice this year. I’m glad there are people out there checking the game out, and using my guide to help them master the arrow-shooting, spell-slinging Elf.
This one has been on my Top Ten ever since I wrote it in 2009. Sacred 2 consumed hundreds of hours of my life on the PS3 and it’s good to see that others seem to be in the same boat. 4,157 people checked out how to maximize their Shadow Warrior, and that’s an increase since last year’s 3,989 views of the same post. This post was #3 in 2009, #2 in 2010 and 2011, and #5 in 2012, so it looks like it’s swinging back up. Could be all the buzz about Sacred 3 and the recent release of the downloadable title Sacred Citadel.
Cards Against Humanity has proven to be an extremely popular game, with the card set frequently selling out over Amazon and with multiple expansions now available. It’s quickly become one of my favorite party games, as long as you play with the right people. 6,096 people read about my first encounter with the game as I played it with family during our Christmas break in New York at the beginning of this year.
With 15,008 page views my Skyrim character build guide continues to dominate the Top Ten, though it’s faltered a bit as it was my top post in 2011 and 2012. Skyrim was such an engrossing RPG and it’s no surprise to me that this continues to be a major source of traffic for me. With Skyrim being re-released next April for the PS4 and Xbox One I’m sure this post will be back at the top of my charts by the end of 2014…heck, I’ll be one of the people looking over the article again for some refresher tips!
And my most popular post of the year was…
Wow, I’m utterly shocked that this was my main traffic source for the year. I wrote this post in 2010 after watching the last episode of My Name is Earl off Netflix and realized there were no more episodes. A whopping 18,952 people were directed over here while looking for the answer to one of life’s greatest questions: why was My Name is Earl cancelled? I can’t provide an answer but I can at least give everyone a good memory as I discuss how great the show was, and how it deserved a true final season to tie everything together. To this day I still smile when I receive a new comment on that post with people sharing in their grief over the loss of the show.
Once again, character build guides from great RPGs continue to work their magic within my Top Ten. Seeing how I started this blog primarily as a source to express my love for video games, it’s great to see that’s where most of my traffic comes from. However, over the years I have expanded to talk about other stuff, from books to movies to tv and more, and it’s nice to see some other stuff being popular draws to my site. I know I slacked off a bit on this blog this year, but I hope to keep up with it in 2014.
I’d like to thank everyone and anyone who ever came by here to read what I have to say. I know my posts aren’t the best, but I appreciate any returning visitors out there. I encourage you to shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment, just so I know you’re there and can be given the opportunity to thank you personally.