|This week's "most read" articles...|
With the seeming retreat of the Russian contingent (who appeared to be here mainly for the eye candy), four of the top five 'most read' articles this week have been actual written pieces.
And the fifth was, what I consider to be, hilarious 'out of context' comic book panels (inspired by Facebook posts by Al Bruno III).
It's times like this that really cheer this old blogger's heart.
While it's nice to get high hit counts on my posts (and the eye candy certainly attracts that), I'm ultimately more encouraged to continue this enduring experiment when I see people taking an interest in actual text pieces that I've put some time and thought into.
In the good old days, my main gauge of audience-interaction was the humble blog "comment" - and these are still very welcome - but nowadays the bulk of the feedback on my work comes via Facebook (where I crosspost everything published on HeroPress).
And it's this little bit of work - combined with some minor league self-promotion - that drives readers to HeroPress, even if they are commentating via Facebook.
For instance, crossposting a link to my write-up of Tonbridge Comic-Con to a couple of Doctor Who fan pages, that I'm a member of on Facebook, saw that article become the 'most read' of the month within just two hours.
The next morning it had also rocketed to the fourth 'most read' of the year.
The Facebook love that HeroPress pieces get also fuels the Feedly fire.
While I still haven't got my head around that blog aggregator's metrics yet, it's clear that Facebook likes and shares (but not Twitter or Google+) boost an article's rating.
The bulk of my posts hit a steady score of two or three (largely meaning it's on Facebook, I've liked it, and sometimes someone else liked it), but every so often an article will take off, such as my recent 'eureka moment' about second edition Villains & Vigilantes.
This has "caught fire" and racked up a score, currently, of 45 (see below). Small potatoes compared to the big news sites that regularly hit ratings of 100+ on their posts, but not bad for a humble, rambling, one-man band blog with an ill-defined remit.
So, ultimately, what I wanted to say is that while numbers are good - although they all vary so wildly, depending on their source, as to be almost meaningless - it's the interest that my drivel can still generate that makes this all worthwhile.
Sure, I'll still shamelessly post pictures of glamorous actresses and cosplayers for the hit value and to draw people in (with the vain hope that they'll stick around and check out some of my other posts), but the heart of the blog is the written word.
And it makes me very happy that you are recognising this as well.