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The 2015 Annual WordPress Report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Best and Worst of November 2015

It’s been a rough few months posting-wise but I’ve finally got things back on track.  So let’s take a look at what my stats were like despite hardly posting anything throughout November.

In terms of views, November has been the worst month since July with only 4,114 page views (including 2,942 unique views).  That’s not surprising considering how little I posted throughout the month.  December will definitely be better.

So what were the best posts this month?

1.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

2.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

3.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

4.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

5.  End of Days by Eric Walters

None of this is really that surprising.  Now that school and university are back in session, lots of students are trying to cram in as much reading in as little time as possible.  My speed-reading article will always remain popular for that reason.  And with the movie Mockingjay Part 2 coming out, it’s not surprising that my Hunger Games article surpassed the usually more popular Game of Thrones article.  I was surprised to see End of Days by Eric Walters up in the top 5 but then again I suspect it’s a popular-ish book for novel studies for middle school students.

Now that we’ve seen the best articles, what were the worst articles this month?

1.  Serenade by Emily Kiebel

2.  The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge

3.  My New York Trip Day #3: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4.  Eldest by Christopher Paolini

5.  The Sorceress by Michael Scott

Like with the best posts this month, none of these are particularly surprising.  They’re either dated posts like my New York trip post or they’re older/less popular books that obviously don’t get as much search engine traffic.  As usual they’ll probably disappear from the list next month.

So that was how my November went.  There was sparse posting but December will be much better, especially once I do migrate over to WordPress.org.  How was your November?

 

The Best and Worst of October 2015

October has been a bit of a rough month.  Posting has been sparse but I’m hoping to get back on track sometime in mid-November or December at the very latest.  Because my posting has been erratic, my total pageviews this October was 4,902 with 3,646 of those being unique views.  I’m still getting a lot of search engine traffic but I’m definitely wanting more of my regular readers back when I finally give you guys some new content to read.

So what were the best posts this month?

1.  The Day an Author Suggested I Kill Myself

2.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

3.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

4.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

5.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

My badly behaving author post has once again gone to the top of the most popular list.  For whatever reason, it seems to have gained traction on some Facebook group or something similar because I received a lot of referrals from Facebook.  This happens on occasion as someone new discovers the bad behaviour of said author so it’s not that surprising.  It’s just odd that there were so many views from this particular rediscovery.  As usual, the other four on the list are pretty predictable.

Then what were the worst posts this month?

1.  Early Poll Results and Future Changes

2.  Books that Should be Made into Movies (Part One)

3.  The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

4.  Discussion: Your Christmas/Holiday Plans

5.  The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Some of these are quite a bit dated, like my discussion post and the poll result post but it’s kind of surprising to see a book by Kelley Armstrong here on the list as she is quite popular.  Although to be fair, this is one of her older books.  The same goes for The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.  That one’s a classic for me but it is old so I can see why the review isn’t that popular.  As usual, none of these posts will remain on the list next month.

Well, that was my October.  How was yours?

The Best and Worst of September 2015

Well, I’m all moved in and trying to organize my life.  Posting is going to be irregular around here but I’m hoping to get back on track before December 1st.  We’ll see what life has in store for me, though.  As a consequence, September hasn’t been great stats-wise with only 4,839 views, including 3,015 unique views.  It’s definitely a comedown from August but I’m expecting things to pick up once I begin posting regularly again.

So what were the best posts this month?

1.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

2.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

3.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

4.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

5.  The Best and Worst of August 2015

Surprisingly, this is the first time one of my Best and Worst of… posts has made the top 5.  I don’t know why it was so popular this month but that may be a consequence of the fact that I haven’t been posting much else.  Or maybe a lot of people are suddenly wanting to start book blogs.  Who knows?  Other than that surprise, there’s not really much else interesting about the top 5 this time around.

What were the 5 worst posts this month?

1.  “The Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer” by Carrie Ryan

2.  Discussion: Pet Peeves in Fiction

3.  Writing Pitfalls: Pacing

4.  Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn

5.  My Status Update Journey by Marcus Matherne

Once again these are all older posts from my archives, mostly on books that were never really that popular or on dated discussions.  The only really disappointing item on this list is my Writing Pitfalls article but I think when I get back to writing the series things will pick up.  We’ll just have to see.

Well, that has bee my September.  How was yours?

The Best and Worst of August 2015

It’s September 7 today so my Best and Worst Of… post is a little late this time but better late than never.  Particularly when some exciting things happened in August stats-wise if not exactly posting-wise due to my little unplanned hiatus before and after I moved to the city.

In August I received a total of 6,432 views with 2,970 of those being unique views.  That’s the best The Mad Reviewer has done in months and it’s largely thanks to one person I’d never even heard of until a few days ago: Jerry Pournelle.  He stumbled across my infamous author post and then checked out my reviews, which led to him recommending them to his readers during one of his posts.  This in turn caused me to receive 1,076 views in one day, shattering my record of 893 from when Anne Rice posted on Facebook about a review of mine she found.  I thought this would be the end of it, but no!  The next day (August 30) my record was shattered again with the daily total becoming 1,295 views.  That’s simply amazing and I am very grateful to Jerry for recommending my blog to his readers.

So what were the best posts this month?

  1. How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour
  2. Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal
  3. The Day an Author Suggested I Kill Myself
  4. The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome
  5. Caesar’s Daughter: Julia’s Song by Alex Johnston

My review of Caesar’s Daughter by Alex Johnston has in the past received very little attention but Jerry happened to stumble upon it and it was one of the reviews he recommended in his post.  So that’s why a new post finally cracked the top 5 list!  The others are pretty predictable but I was surprised that my speed-reading article surpassed my Game of Thrones article for the first time in a really long time.  I suppose with university and school starting, students and teachers alike are wanting to learn how to read faster to study material more efficiently.  Well, I certainly hope my article helps but there really are no shortcuts to learning how to speed read.

With such a surprising selection of the best posts, what were my worst posts this month?

  1. Edwin: High King of Britain by Edoardo Albert
  2. The Mine by John Heldt
  3. The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener
  4. September Sky by John Heldt
  5. The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf by Gerald Morris

I absolutely loved all of these books in the ‘worst’ category so it’s a bit disappointing to see John Heldt’s books back on here.  They are self-published but he has done reasonably well for himself in sales so seeing The Mine and September Sky back on here is slightly surprising/disappointing.  Oh well, the posts on the bottom rotate from month to month so it’s not really that big of a deal.

So that was my August.  It was busy and inconsistent but September is going to be much better.  How was your August?

 

The Best and Worst of June 2015

This month was generally okay for me on the personal front.  I didn’t get much posting done and for that I have to apologize but even with my surgery things should be a bit more regular in terms of post times and dates.  Still, my site stats were okay.  I received a total of 5,224 views with 3,607 of those being unique views.  That’s certainly not my best ever but it’s not my worst ever.  July should be a little better overall.

So what were my best posts this month?

1. Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

2. How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

3. The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

4. The Mad Reviewer is Open to Review Requests (Temporarily)

5. Othello by William Shakespeare

None of these are really new or surprising aside from my review of Othello.  It wasn’t particularly in-depth or insightful but I guess that since Othello is a common grade 12 English play here in Canada I got some of the traffic from students.  Overall it didn’t get that many views but it certainly did better than quite a few of my other more popular posts.

So what were the worst posts this month?

1. Aegis Rising by S. S. Segran

2. The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

3. If You Love the Iron Fey…

4. September Sky by John Heldt

5. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Most of these are books that aren’t exactly popular or are really dated posts like the Iron Fey one about the release of some short stories tying in to the main series.  The only really disappointing one on this list is John Heldt’s book September Sky, which is an unconventional time travel romance that I absolutely loved.  But, like most ‘worst’ posts one month, it will likely be off the list next month.

Well, that pretty much sums up my June.  How was yours?

The Best and Worst of May 2015

Okay, wow.  May just flew by in the blink of an eye.  Partly because I was so anxious for my New York trip and partly because work has been insanely busy now that all the tourists have started coming up to the lake.  Obviously my trip to New York was my absolute highlight and I had an amazing time there but May has overall been pretty good.  I’m almost sad that it’s over because now I really don’t have anything to look forward to until I start the process of moving to the city in mid-August.  That will be a relief.

Stats-wise May was pretty good as well.  I received a total of 6,367 views with 4,132 of those being unique views.  That’s higher than average in part because my post about a certain author got serious Facebook and Twitter attention at least twice when he attacked yet another editor.  It’s not surprising and I’m glad my post is getting the word out there that publishing houses need to avoid this guy.  I hope that in some way I’ve prevented someone else going through the same thing.

So what were the most popular posts this May?

1.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

2.  The Day an Author Suggested I Kill Myself

3.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

4.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

5.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

There’s absolutely nothing new here except for the order.  My author attack post hasn’t been #2 probably since the month I actually published it.  And that’s because of the aforementioned Twitter and Facebook discoveries by random people.  I don’t have Facebook so I wasn’t able to snoop but we did have a good discussion on Twitter about how to deal with this sort of thing.  It was sort of heartening to reaffirm that most people in the online book industry don’t have to go through crazy rants and suicide suggestions.

Okay, so what were the worst posts this month?

1.  The Redheaded Stepchild by Kelly I. Hitchcock

2.  Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars by Sheri Holman

3.  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

4.  Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

5.  A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Wow, I think these are all new and for the first time a George R. R. Martin book has featured on the ‘worst’ list.  That’s really, really surprising when you consider the fact that the TV show is going on right now.  I guess I didn’t mention sex and nudity enough in my review like I did in my rebuttal post in the ‘best’ list!

That was my May.  How was yours?