Level up! 100k Views!

As a RPG gamer, I always think that the first few levels are intentionally easy, but having past the first ten level ups, things get more difficult.

WordPress surprised me with a nice notice: This blog collected 100,000 views in summary. 

That’s a huge number for me, because it means that people read my reviews and continue to do so long after the first wave of reads. It’s motivating to see that my time and energy isn’t sucked up but well-invested.

I tend to believe that people are not only “viewing” the page but actually read it. 

Do you always read what you’re viewing at? How many views have you got on your blog?

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40 Responses to Level up! 100k Views!

  1. H.P. says:

    I rarely bail on a blog post once I’ve clicked on it, at least not unless it is very long. I suspect a lot of self-interested clicking, liking, but not reading happens in the book blogging world, but I don’t have the time for that.

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  2. Jeanne says:

    I always read the post. Sometimes I just read enough of it in the email that I don’t click through, though (usually not here, but on other blogs).

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  3. piotrek says:

    Nice, congratulations! Well, me… I can’t read all the posts I’d want to, just as I’ll never read all the books… but I try to at least browse each one…

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  4. Congrats on another milestone! I usually read what I click through to. Though sometimes with new-to-me blogs, I skim a bunch of posts just to see if they’re suited to my interest.

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  5. Wakizashi33 says:

    That’s hugely impressive, Andreas! Well done! I have around a quarter of your views and this is my sixth year of blogging. 😅 How many posts have you written in total? It must be a pretty high number by now, right? (I’ve just checked my site and I’ve written 248 posts on my main blog. Not that many for 6 years😂.) I’m always impressed by your rate of writing reviews, as well as reading!

    Regarding reading the whole post, it depends on who wrote it and how long it is. Also, if the book sounds interesting to me or something I would read. I often skip the synopsis and go straight to the review or thoughts of the blogger. I do read all the comments, something I’ve always enjoyed doing.

    Another thing is the frequency of the post. Depending on time, I’m more likely to read the whole review of blogging friends who post less frequently than those who post every day. But again, it can depend on whose post it is. There are bloggers who post every day that I always make the time to read. OK, that’s enough of my “brutal” honesty. Great questions, Andreas!

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    • Andreas says:

      Thank you Wakizashi, and thanks for your openness!
      This blog exists since 2013, but has seen years of negligence. The high frequency in posts started last year. I‘m working towards another levelup of 1000 posts, hopefully this year.
      That large number of posts generates traffic from search engines. Not evenly distributed, of course. Some reviews, e.g for Ken Liu short stories, are viewed a thousand times while others are nearly only for the week of publication day. The high frequency had a sad background, because I had time off work caused by a longer sickness. I don’t expect to keep it up.

      As for reading longer posts, I often find myself starting skipping paragraphs. Should I read pages of a blog post or rather half a short story? That’s the tradeoff!
      Thanks again for your elaborate answer, Wakizashi 👍

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  6. Nice, more congrats are in order! Speaking for myself, I do most of my post reading in my feedly reader, but then I will also almost always hop on to the blog itself in order to give the blogger a logged view as well as a “like” 🙂

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  7. Congratulations! And to answer your question yes, I always read the posts I view because if I click on them there must be something that attracts my attention 🙂

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  8. bormgans says:

    Very strange, my comments didn´t come through it seems.

    Anyhow, on reading posts, I´m with Wakizashi here: I generally read tgem, but it depends. I don´t usually read short stories reviews however, as I don´t read many short fiction. I do like the post out of sympathy for bloggers I like.

    As for views: I´ve just hit 100,000 views a few weeks ago as well, but I have only a fourth of your posts, I guess there´s strength in numbers 😉

    Are there other trends to discern in which of your posts are popular? Do you crosspost on other platforms or otherwise try to enhance your visibility for search engines?

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    • Andreas says:

      What about novellas, are they short stories for you?

      I found that the blog gets more hits when I post regularly. Not only for the newer posts but also for older ones. Whenever I discontinued blogging for weeks, the hits drop heavily.

      I don’t tune for search engines. And the only crossposting I do is by dropping links sometimes in comments. Ah, and I currently participate in SciFiMonth which adds a few Twitter hits. That’s about it.

      Congratulations to your 100k, your posts deserve that number well!

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      • bormgans says:

        I like novellas as a format, I should read more of them. It’s not that I oppose short stories, but I tend to read them in collections, and not as separate entities.

        I’ve never stopped blogging for weeks, but my rate is 2 or maximum 3 posts a month anyhow, and older posts keep getting as many hits as before, even in week where I do a new posts.

        But I’ve noticed my Dune movie review has gathered lots of traction, and I saw an uptick in the stats again around the US release date, and as a result my other Dune reviews got some more views as well – they are stalwarts of the blog anyway.

        Surprisingly, the post that did best this year so far has been on Piranesi however, almost 2000 views, no idea where that traffic comes from. For reference, my post on A Scanner Darkly got 140 views so far.

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        • Andreas says:

          Well, who knows PKD that old geezer anymore? 🤣 People don’t realize that he’s the most often adapted SF author ever.
          That hype about Piranesi in comparison, though, is interesting. But she is a living author with a large marketing machine behind. That explains it mostly IMHO.

          As for reading stories, I most often read them in collections/anthologies. Exception is for the current award season, and sometimes to check off some fancy reading project.

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        • Andreas says:

          Just checked Piranesi statistics: 50 hits 😁 Maybe I should concentrate on stories alone 🤣

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  9. Will says:

    Wow nice!! You’re light years ahead of me views-wise. I tend to look at my monthly numbers the closest, just to make sure they’re about average, but I had to actually do some math to figure out my total. Keep up the great work!!

    To tell the truth I don’t always read the posts I view. I try to, but sometimes I’ll skim them or just read the summary if my mind is wandering (it does that) or I’m in a hurry, or for some third reason that I don’t have an excuse prepared for yet 😅

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    • Andreas says:

      Thanks Will! That’s honest truth and totally fine. No, really, no excuses are asked for.
      Some math means: you clicked on the annual statistics and added those ten or something numbers?

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      • Will says:

        Yeah, pretty much. But now that I know about that shortcut I’ll just do it that way. Thanks! Out of curiosity, what’s your total word count? Mine’s 81k, but what with your post a day ratio, I’ll bet it’s nearer to 150k!

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        • Andreas says:

          You will be surprised, it’s 94k. Only since last year, average review is 350-400 words. The years before, they were much shorter, 200-250 words in average. The synopsis tend to ger far longer because I found out that I don’t really can remember contents of those older stories with the help of reviews. That’s far better now.

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    • Andreas says:

      Just as a hint: the statistics tab „insights“ offers the „All-time posts, comments, views, and visitors“. No need to calculate it yourself!

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  10. @lynnsbooks says:

    Congratulations.
    I do tend to read the posts probably because I click on the ones that I’m really interested in.
    Lynn 😀

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  12. Congrats on so many views! That number is mind-boggling to me — I’ve been actively blogging for a year and a half. I’m glad I discovered your blog, and I’ll be checking out more of your posts, especially after your review of Ellison’s “‘Repent Harlequin'” story 🙂

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    • Andreas says:

      Thanks for joining! I’m looking forward to discussions with you 😎
      My first year blogging resulted in negligible number of views. I didn’t do any marketing and consequently it wasn’t noticed. Only when I joined the blogosphere networking, numbers went up.
      I really didn’t mind that first time, because I thought it to be for my own sake mostly.

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