Today marks the one year anniversary of The Ancient Gaming Noob. I thought I would mark the occasion with a few comments on the last year and a bit of obscure data about the site.
Views on Page Views
I do not really have a comment on the number of page views, the only metric WordPress.com gives you about visitors to a site. It is just a piece of data and only valuable if compared against similar data. But here is the month by month data for this site over the last year.
The chart runs from September through August, in case that was not obvious.
May was popular due to a trifecta of being mention in the EverQuest II Town Crier, getting a long run as one of the top five items on VirginWorlds, and being mentioned in a post by Tobold. Page views did not return to that level until August, and that was only because my grousing about the Tabula Rasa beta forums got ranked very high on Google.
Getting Hit On
The best places when it comes to consistently getting people to come to the site:
EQ2-Daily – The EverQuest II community is a click happy bunch. It is almost addictive to write about EQ2 because when the EQ2-Daily crew links you up on the main page, people come to visit. With the recent overhaul of the site, that has trended down a little. It is harder to go visit the site on which a story is posted from the main page now. (And quite impossible if you use FireFox 1.x.) But the information on the main page is much better. So the greedy hit monster in me hates it, but the data obsessive in me likes it a lot.
[correction: FireFox does work if you put “www” at the front of their URL. Cyanbane sez, “Relational Pathing is teh devil!”]
EverQuest II Town Crier – This doesn’t happen very often, but it does generate a lot of traffic. I have been linked there four times this year, so I am sure I owe somebody down in San Diego a beer or three.
VirginWorlds – This would be in the number one spot if I just counted the times when I have been the top five articles on the main page. Nothing beats that most days. But Brent puts up so much news that once you get down the list very far, people lose track of you. Still, as a site for promoting general MMO news and information, VirginWorlds cannot be beat.
Tobolds MMORPG Blog – Go ask Potshot what happens when Tobold points to your site as the main focus of a post. Page view fire hose! Even the couple of passing mentions of this site has generated quite a bit of traffic. The man has a following. Beware if he decides to use his power for evil rather than good!
By some fortuitous accident Brent at VirginWorlds noticed my site very early on which allowed him achieve a number of “firsts” here.
First External Site Link
First Mention of the Site on a Podcast
That was enough attention for me to dispel any thoughts of “why am I doing this?” I mean, look at his site. He knows what he is doing. So if you don’t like the site, you can blame Brent’s early encouragement.
Comments on Comments
One of the things that feeds the blogging need is getting comments. Getting reactions, even negative reactions, is a good thing. I frankly enjoy to argue at times. Ask my wife. So while I never know quite how to respond to positive reactions to what I write, disagreement can end up with me writing comments that exceed the length of the original post. See the ongoing thread about bloggers and the press for an example, or anything on which Kendricke and I have disagreed. So comments are good. Here is some data about the comments here over the last year.
All data as of 5pm Pacific time (midnight GMT) on September 11th 2007.
Total Comments Left: 1799
Ping backs: 67
My comments: 399
Reader comments: 1333
Total posts: 518
Comments per post average: 3.5
Total spam comments: 41,964
Comment signal to noise ratio: 1 to 23 (thanks to Tachevert for the idea)
Top 21 Commentors (20 was a tie)
Name Comments % of Total
Kilana 102 7.65%
Adele Caelia 52 3.90%
Darren 44 3.30%
Kesselia 43 3.23%
Potshot 42 3.15%
Tipa 39 2.93%
Stargrace 38 2.85%
Yunk 38 2.85%
Gaff 37 2.78%
Brent 35 2.63%
Pvthudson 29 2.18%
Bildo 28 2.10%
Mrrx 24 1.80%
Cyanbane 23 1.73%
Van Hemlock 23 1.73%
Kendricke 21 1.58%
Saylah 21 1.58%
Cameron Sorden 19 1.43%
Ethic 18 1.35%
Godlesswanderer 16 1.20%
Trigger64 16 1.20%
Number of non-spam comments deleted: 5
Common Theme: All were comments on posts where I was critical of WoW.
The one I regret deleting: “This blog is the biggest uninformed farce I’ve ever read.”
Search Term Surprises
I have been surprised a number of times that this site has ended up as the top item for search terms on Google. I am surprised that I even ranked once.
I think that this is due, in part, to how WordPress.com handles automatic notification of updates to search engines. In addition, I also run my RSS feed through Feedburner (now a Google company) which also updates the search engines.
Search terms for which this site has ranked #1 on Google at some point:
Guild Name Generator
Rise of Kunark Beta
Tabula Rasa Beta Forum
By comparison, I do not get on the first page of results for any of these terms when it comes to Yahoo.
The number of times the tags I use on this site have been associated with posts. Remember, a single posts can have multiple tags.
EverQuest II 222
World of Warcraft 101
Sony Online Entertainment 72
EVE Online 71
Lord of the Rings Online 70
Vanguard SOH 67
Misc MMOs 55
blog thing 14
Other PC Games 13
Ancient Gaming Things 12
MMO Design 7
Pirates of the Burning Sea 6
Star Trek Online 5
Tabula Rasa 5
In Person 1
LEGO Universe 1
Occasionally somebody writes me with a proposition. Usually a simple response along the lines of, “I’m straight, I’m married, and I couldn’t get myself in that position in any case” is enough. But once in a while somebody actually wants me to write for another site.
Offers to write for other sites: 5
Offers to write for other sites that involved money: 0
Offers to write for other sites I seriously considered: 0
All five offers were from sites that were forming blogging “communities.” Four of them just wanted free content for their sites as far as I could tell. In the case of all five though, the thought of having my work judged against the work of other people, some of whom could no doubt actually write scared me off. I like prefer my own little space where I control the content and I do not feel too self-conscious putting up something completely goofy.
The 5 Things You Write…
I tend to write lists of five things. This is usually because I can think of three good things for a list then can pad it out to five pretty easily. Getting to ten, on the other hand, would mean that the most of the list would be crap, as opposed to just 40% of the list.
Number of lists of five things: 8
Five Coming Signs That WoW is Mainstream
Five EVE Online Wishes
Five Minor LOTRO Gripes
Five Podcasts To Listen To Again
Tagged: Five Reasons Why I Blog
Five Insane MMO Things I Want
Five Things You Do Not Know About Me
Five Features Blizzard Should Steal From EverQuest II
Number of MMO Gamers I have met in person since I started TAGN: 5
Brent from VirginWorlds
Brenden from Another Here
Gary from Massively Online Gamer
Todd from Massively Online Gamer
Brenlo from SOE
All of those were at GDC 2007, when I was deathly ill. I also saw Ryan from Massively Online Gamer, but he and Gary were in deep discussion with somebody from CCP, so I did not interrupt. I can, however, attest to his height relative to Gary, Todd and some Viking from CCP.
Games Games Games
This site is primarily about MMOs, so I probably ought to wrap this up with a list those that I played during the year. I did not write about all of them. Even I have limits as to how much I need to play a game before I comment.
MMOs I Have Played Since I Started TAGN:
City of Heroes
The Lord of the Rings Online
The Matrix Online
The Saga of Ryzom
World of Warcraft
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
Many thanks to everybody who has visited this site, plus an extra thanks for each comment you left!
It has been a fun year. Writing about gaming and my gaming experiences has definately enhanced my enjoyment of gaming. I hope it has added some enjoyment to your own.