Monday, 15 October 2012

the most read posts of my blog

I have been using Google's Blogspot / Blogger for my blogging for more than 6 years (not only for this boardgame blog), and am still loving it. Probably the only thing I am not happy about is the Google Adsense robots rejecting my application. The reason is probably because of my many tags. I use tags like an index. I like how Blogger handles all the tedious stuff for me, and I can just focus on writing.

I recently checked the most viewed posts of my blog, and was quite surprised. Here are the top ten posts in the past month.

  1. Axis & Allies Global 1940 (post was dated Nov 2010, 1035 views in the past month) - This is basically a session report of spending a full day playing half a game of this massive version of Axis & Allies which combines Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 and Axis & Allies Europe 1940. This post had four times as many views as the next entry.
  2. Risk: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition (Mar 2009, 250 views) - I guess the keywords "Risk" and "Lord of the Rings" help.
  3. Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 (Sep 2010, 233 views)
  4. Dominant Species: The Card Game (Sep 2012, 203 views) - This is more recent, plus the predecessor Dominant Species is a popular game.
  5. Friday (Oct 2012, 149 views) - A recent post.
  6. Concise reference sheets (Dec 2012 but I update it occasionally, 140 views) - Over the years I have made more than 200 such ref sheets. They are one contribution that I'm quite proud of. I upload them to (BGG), and they have earned me golden file uploader status. I recently added some new ref sheets, so that's probably why this post is in the top ten.
  7. Shinobi (Oct 2012, 122 views) - A recent post.
  8. Risk Legacy (Jan 2012, 85 views) - Likely it's because of the keyword "Risk", or possibly "Risk Legacy" too. It's a mass market game afterall.
  9. Zombies! Run for your lives! (Sep 2012, 80 views) - A recent post.
  10. Mage Knight The Boardgame (Feb 2012, 69 views) - A slightly old post. Probably here because of the Mage Knight brand (which I'm not familiar with).

I wonder whether views of the main page is counted. I suspect no. Does anyone know? Also I'm not sure whether people viewing my blog using readers like Google Reader are counted. I use Google Reader to follow others' blogs, and I prefer to be able to read the whole article in Google Reader, as opposed to reading the first few paragraphs and then having to click to go to the website itself. So when I set up my blog, I give full feeds too.


Aik Yong said...

ahahaha, looks like games that are long and under reviewed are the ones that gets most views!

Hiew Chok Sien 邱卓成 said...

I suspect Axis & Allies being more mass market contributed to the high count.

I sure hope the post counts didn't include my main page or the RSS feed. It would be quite discouraging to me if I keep writing new posts but most people are still just reading such an old post.

Okey said...

This looks great, I sooo need to try this soon! Thanks!