March in Review

The Site

For no good reason, March has seen the most traffic ever come to the site.  You might think that, perhaps, it had something to do with the Say 100 recognition I received last month.

It did not.

I have been watching closely to see if the Say 100 site would drive any more traffic this way.

Over the last month, looking at referral sources, Say 100 is down in 26th place.  Over the last 30 days it sent me about half as much traffic Facebook, but about twice as much as Twitter.

Lest you think that those numbers are significant, all combined they barely wander into the territory of three digit numbers.  Comments I have left on SynCaine’s blog over the last 30 days have generated more traffic.

No, traffic really finds its way here via Google.

I posted about Pokemon several times this month and Pokemon is more popular than any MMO yet.  Plus Pokemon has, as far as I can tell, only a tiny fraction of sites devoted to it compared to something like World of Warcraft.  So people end up here.

EverQuest? The quest is to obtain me!

If all you care about is page views, stop talking about WoW, Rift, and EverQuest and start reporting on Pokemon.

All hail the mighty Pokemons, generators of web traffic!

Meanwhile, I calculate via the various metrics I have at my disposal that I have about 100 regular readers when it comes right down to it, including my mom and my wife.  Which is actually pretty good in my opinion.  A few of the regulars come for the Pokemon updates, so I will continue to indulge them.

But basically 93-97% of the people who make it here on a given day look at the site once, maybe get the information they were looking for, and jet off never to be heard from again.

Still, I think back about 20 years to when I ran a BBS, when that term meant a computer with a modem attached that random strangers dialed into, when I held the exalted title of SysOp, and the ratio of regulars/contributors to… well, we used to call them leeches… was about the same.  The numbers are just a few orders of magnitude larger here on the web and I do not get as many messages asking me for “waerz” or porn.

Except for blood elf porn I suppose.

One Year Ago

With the March 2010 month in review I was able to announce that the site had passed the one million page view mark.  A minor milestone.  I even gave people a peek at the numbers.  I’m holding out for two million page views for the next peek.  Don’t hold your breath.

FarmVille.  We all tried it as research for Shut Up We’re Talking #60.  We didn’t inhale.

I ran through GDC and had dinner.

I was waxing nostalgic for Rome.

EA was saying very stupid things about how many subscribers Star Wars: The Old Republic would need.  It is never too early to set the bar for failure.

I was also wondering about greater challenges in MMOs.  Must all paths be equally easy?

I held an April Fools contest, which got a few entries.

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver launched and, after some delay,  I was picking that initial Pokemon.

I was still investing in Star Trek Online… I was trying…. well, they were giving us lifetime subscribers some perks.

The instance group was beginning to embrace the Dungeon Finder.  However, we found we still had to do a chunk of external legwork to prepare for our Sunken Temple run.  I also got a chopper along the way, on my birthday no less.

And, finally, that whole Derek Smart/Alganon thing was just kicking off.

New Linking Sites

I could only find two this month.  I may have to break out the “I can’t find any new linking sites” plan next month.

In the mean time  I would like to thank the following site for linking here.

Please take a moment to visit them in return!

Random Shout Out

Go look at this video over at Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Some day I want to create something that excellent.  I want to have that video projected constantly on the walls of my office as I work.

First I need to figure out time lapse photography and how to take pictures that actually look like what I see with my own eyes.

Most Viewed Posts in March

You’d think a new Pokemon game had launched this month!

  1. First Pokemon Black and White Download Event – Victini
  2. Download Mythical Celebi at GameStop
  3. Shiny Pokemon Events Coming to GameStop in January
  4. How to Catch Zorua and Zoroark
  5. 2011 Pokemon Video Game Championship Series Announced
  6. Play On: Guild Name Generator
  7. Fighting Blood Elf Porn
  8. How To Find An Agent in EVE Online
  9. Happy 12th Anniversary EverQuest!
  10. Rift Officially Launches Today, Though It Seems Like It Launched Last Week
  11. April Fools at Blizzard
  12. Black and White Birthday

Most Common Search Terms of the Month

Even Pokemon can’t keep elf porn totally under control.

  1. how to get zorua
  2. blitzle
  3. pokemon white download
  4. gamestop celebi
  5. celebi gamestop
  6. pokemon black download
  7. zorua
  8. blood elf porn
  9. how to get victini in pokemon black and white
  10. pokemon black and white victini
  11. pokemon black and white download
  12. elf porn

Search Terms of the Month

tom of finland pumping
[Mention Tom of Finland just once and you’re on the gay porn search returns]

テーブル imac
[日本語!!! 探求?]

Where I Spent My Gaming Time

From Raptr, which seems to have a problem detecting when some games launch and which still, totally does not count Lord of Ultima and there is no way for it to count my Pokemon hours.  Still, for what it can count, here is the ranking.

  1. EverQuest – 79%
  2. Civilization V – 12 %
  3. World of Warcraft – 8%
  4. World of Tanks – 1%

Quite a drop off in WoW time.  I spent more time with Civ V, which has had a couple of very helpful patches.

EVE Online

Account lapsed.  It makes me wonder how long I can keep up the EVE Online Pictures site.  Contest entries will get me through July at my current rate of posting, but after that, I might have to resubscribe.  But I hear there will be pretty new backgrounds in space by then.


So this is where I have been spending my time.  We made it past the 30 day marker, so are in for another month at least.

Play has been both constrained and not constrained.  We don’t have the set “3 hours on a Saturday night” sole play period the way we do with the main instance group.  We play when we can.  That our adventures are about seeing and reliving a world from 1999, that works… if slowly.  An EverQuest chat forum linked here to point and laugh at the fact that Potshot and I had not even made level 20 yet.  We are obviously not serious.

But there are, as Potshot put it, interesting choices to be made.

Of course, because we are having fun, the thought keeps creeping into my head about getting the whole instance group over to EQ.  I am not sure that would work on Fippy Darkpaw though.  3 hours a week isn’t enough for that.  But maybe the standard EQ Live servers, with their speedier level progress and things to explore like the Lost Dunegons of Norrath expansion, would work.  More things to research.

World of Tanks

I haven’t spent much time with World of Tanks.  The EverQuest obsession has taken over my excess online gaming hours.  Still, I do look forward to the launch next month.  It is one of those things where I know the wipe is coming and I’ve already decided I am going to play, so I am not so interested in investing in my account any more until launch.  I am still undecided about pre-ordering.

World of Warcraft

One of the instance group members has been under a deadline, so we ended up not playing much WoW, leading to play time reports like this:

Playtime for 20 Mar 2011 – 26 Mar 2011
Date/Time of Login Date/Time of Signoff* Minutes Played

24 Mar 2011 – 24 Mar 2011 05:29 PM – 4 min

Four minutes of WoW over the course of a whole week.  Of course the accuracy of the reporting system is +/- 5 minutes, so I might have been on for -1 minutes I suppose.

I think I logged on to buy the dual spec option for Maloney and then spec’d fire, so he can now swap between frost and fire.


Pokemon Black and White.  Have I mentioned them before?  I was hoping that the online component would be live by now, since that will heavily influence the long term stickiness of the game for myself and my daughter.  However, events have pushed that back.  Still, it is a good Pokemon game when viewed through the traditional lens.


More EverQuest.  Or at least I hope more EverQuest.  Today’s semi-confirmed rumors won’t mean shutting down Norrath, but I am going to guess that list of outstanding problems on the progression servers are not going to get addressed any time soon.  It is a sad day.

I have been playing so much EQ and collecting so many screen shots that I have been thinking of creating an EverQuest picture site like my EVE Online Pictures blog.  I am not sure how viable that is though.  EVE really lends itself to postcards, EQ is more about nostalgia.  Plus I never go any place epic in Norrath.  How many more Blackburrow pictures does the internet need?  Still, I would join in on a collaborative effort on that front.

I am also going to make my daughter write a review of the new game she has been playing, Animal Jam, which she claims is totally better than Club Penguin.

I will apparently be finishing up the post about explaining EverQuest to my daughter, as that is the leader in the polls right now.  I am surprised by the fact that “More EVE Heresies” is in second place.  Really?  Do some people just want me to make them angry when they jump to the comments and complain that they think I am essentially saying that EVE should be more like WoW?  Could be.  It would give SynCaine something to do.

Oh, and tomorrow is some sort of special day I hear.  We shall see what that brings.

16 thoughts on “March in Review

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @The Alien – Nice. Of course I was unclear as usual and my comments at the top only refer to people who actually visit the blog and generate a page view versus those who get the content via a reader. RSS traffic is another kettle of fish.

    Stats about RSS reader traffic seem to me to be vague, contradictory, and inaccurate, and I think I am being generous.

    For example, I can find one readout that puts RSS reader traffic at no more than 200 on any given day. But then there are so many ways to tap into a feed and the site itself has two parallel RSS feeds, so real stats are hard to come by.


  2. UFTimmy

    I’m a regular reader of your site through RSS, too, but I am not sure if I’ve ever commented before.

    So. HAI!


  3. Shawndra

    I am looking forward to your daughter’s review. My kids are always looking for the next fun kid game, especially when they have run out of crowns on Wizard 101.

    I cannot remember how your blog got into my reader, but it’s not leaving anytime soon. I know it wasn’t for Pokemon, though since my step kids have moved in, you’re the source for reminding me when I have to drive them to Gamestop!


  4. SynCaine

    “Comments I have left on SynCaine’s blog over the last 30 days have generated more traffic.”

    Kind-of-a-big-deal, #1-WoW-blogger, what-do-you-expect?


  5. The Alien

    Oh, I didn’t think you were counting RSS feeds. I’m not sure how you can count them properly. That’s why I provided the number I did. That at least tells you how many people have you on their list within the Reader web app. I wasn’t trying to correct you, just to provide some new data. Of course, not all of those people necessarily use their accounts regularly…


  6. Kethro

    I read everything through google reader, rarely do i actually come to the site…can’t google generate a report for you on how many subscribers actually read the feed vs just hitting read all or ignoring it?


  7. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @The Alien – I wasn’t trying to correct you either. I just had not seen that particular number before. And it is a cool number. I’ll have to figure out how to see it myself.

    @Kethro – does actually attempt to tell me how many people have viewed a given post via RSS. For example, the post about Corpse Runs previous to this one has been, as of this moment, viewed 459 times, of which 356 were via RSS reader.

    However, due to Murphy’s law of data incompatibility and correllary on the requirement for mis-matched units of measure, I know exactly what constitutes a page view (somebody opens the page that shows only that story plus comments) but not what constitutes an RSS hit. It is comparing apples and a fruit yet to be identified, but it might be a vegetable or possibly a body part.

    For Google Reader, an RSS hit means somebody actually clicked on the story and eyeballed it. For stand alone apps, like Feed Reader, it just means that the story got downloaded, but may not have been read. For Yahoo or Outlook or Thunderbird I have no idea what the threshold is for a hit. And then there are bots and feed scrapers who repost things on other sites and the like.

    It is a mess.

    If I cared about these stats, like if they had some monetary value, I would organize things differently. But since they have no real value, I just like to tinker with them and see what I can derive.


  8. Beleg

    >> An EverQuest chat forum linked here to point and laugh at the fact that Potshot and I had not even made level 20 yet. We are obviously not serious.

    I actually linked here to make a point that not everyone that is playing EQ on the TLP servers is “go go go 50!”, despite the fact that 90% of the people that hang out on said forum are in fact 50 (or at least act like they are God’s gift to EQ). Anyway, my only character is 39, so … there ya go :P

    Anyway, I’m a new adherent to the blog, but I have been enjoying your writing a lot. I also subscribe via RSS, but I come on “manually” to comment.


  9. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Beleg – Well, pointing and laughing is acceptable. I tend to write blog posts about our adventures that encourage it.

    Plus you’ll see that I even made an account, replied to the thread, plead my case, and was soundly ignored. :)

    My comment about us not being serious was more of a reference to the threads on the official forums, especially where people were suggesting that restricting the CR vote to characters over level 30 was a bit aggressive. Some of those threads are a week or more old now and the hard core were pretty adamant that if you were not 30 already, you were a loser, lacked honor, and were lower than whale shit at the bottom of the sea.


  10. Gaff

    Lacked honor? A lot of crap has been slung on this blog over the years, but your honor, sir, has not been questioned.

    Besides, we always have /><\.


  11. Bhagpuss

    Well, you’re way ahead of me in your EQ progress. My necro on Fippy is Level 9. And yes I am still playing him. I did 10% on him yesterday while Rift was down for half an hour!

    My goal is to have him high enough to get into LDoN when it opens, so he needs to get to 15th I think, or possibly 18th.


  12. Bryan

    I’ve subscribed to your writings via Google Reader for quite sometime. Just noticed today that I didn’t have you listed in my links…corrected!
    Your recent writing on the Pokemon series has made me want to dive back in. I literally had just Goozexed my copy of Pokemon Platinum when you mentioned going to download Ash’s Pikachu. Argh! The inner collector in me screams!
    Keep up the good work!


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