August Top 10 – A Month’s Worth of Hits

With the end of Blaugust approaching, I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at the most viewed posts for the month just to see how things shook out. See what was well received and what wasn’t. I already knew what number one would be, but was curious what other general guidance and lessons there were to see.

The New World post really wasn’t a surprise. It’s hard to not notice things like this when the stats page is my “default” landing point. I didn’t really think it was all that great a post, but I suppose it was well-timed. Consider that a point in the “writing about the new shiny” column.

It frustrates me just a bit that number three is one of those zombie posts that just receives a trickle of hits, just two or three a day, and never seems to die. I wrote that post in February 2020 and have no idea if it’s even still relevant. The FFXIV post tied for last place here is in a very similar state. It’s an even older post that just keeps on ticking.

The next two are about planning and time management. Of all the blogging-related posts, I find it interesting that this is the topic that got the most attention. Having said that, I suppose that’s always the number one problem. Even one that I mention regularly myself; finding time to get something done. It’s also worth pointing out that the only other blogging-related post on this list, while being at the bottom, is also more or less about time management and planning.

I didn’t even realize that the 3D printing post was getting hits. They really don’t perform very well. I have a test or two I’d like to try, but otherwise I’m not sure it’s worth writing about for the current blog audience.

It’s nice to see Sims 4 at least showing itself briefly. I only wrote the one post, and it probably helps that this was timely and related to new content. I’ve been meaning to do a follow-up post as well, but wasn’t really in a hurry to do so.

Considering the blog’s name was inspired by Elite, it’s nice to see it on the list as well, though that post was more of a general commentary on VR than on Elite in particular.

The general moral of the story seems to be that the hits are where the new, shiny, and “newsworthy” posts are. Not really a big surprise. It’s also worth pointing out that this chart is likely biased a bit toward things written early in the month, which have had more time to gather clicks.

Another brief note is that the games mentioned are either popular MMOs and/or very sandbox-oriented games. I may consider that a slightly important bit of guidance in some of my decisions down the road. A useful thing to know when I’m weighing what to post and when.

I’m not sure how useful that information really is either. While I loosely monitor site activity, I don’t monetize the blog and therefore stand to gain little from chasing clicks. It’s much more a medium of exploring my own thoughts while also sharing them

Y’all take care. As my youngest child likes to say, “what’s red and you should never eat? A brick.”

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

2 thoughts on “August Top 10 – A Month’s Worth of Hits

  1. “the games mentioned are either popular MMOs and/or very sandbox-oriented games”

    One of my blogging struggles is that I don’t really play MMOs much and kind of gravitate towards narrative-driven, rather than sandbox-oriented, games. It’s hard blogging about single player narrative-driven games…well let me re-phrase, it’s not hard to blog about them, but those posts don’t get much traffic because players spend a finite amount of time with the games, finish them and then move on.

    Haven’t figured out a way to ‘solve’ that problem yet. I suspect there isn’t a solution (other than changing the games I play).

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    1. Yeah, it’s a shame Road 96 didn’t do better. I had way more fun playing that than just about anything else this month.

      I’ve found that I actively enjoy the narrative-oriented stuff much more myself, but it’s not a segment of the market I’m tuned in to. Even realizing I liked them was a bit accidental.


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