Statcows! Blogging Odyssey
In the same way that manufacturers have their cashcows, bloggers have their statcows: posts (whether already written or potentially in the works) that we know are certain to get lots of hits, etc. I haven’t been blogging for too long, but I’ve already noticed some trends in my own site that might be of interest to the curious.
For this blog, K-On! posts have been a big statcow. Keep in mind that I only blogged the first 5 episodes of the series. As of this moment, 2 of my 5 most visited posts, and 4 out of my top 10 arere K-On! posts. The most popular one wasn’t even an episode review at all, but a post I did between episodes 1 and 2 (“While we wait for K-On! episode 2”). That’s in second place (I’ll get to first place below) and over 400 hits ahead of the third post, which is huge for this blog.
When I realized that I had nothing to say about episode 6 and each episode thereon out, I wasn’t very happy about it. I literally saw my hit count drop and drop and drop. It wasn’t a matter of principle that kept me from using my statcow, it was quite literally that I didn’t have anything to say!
My other statcow is posts related to Soul Eater. This statcow appears to be seasonal. The Soul Eater manga is ongoing, and new chapters come out at about the 10th of the month. So starting around the 1st of the month, all of my Soul Eater posts get more and more hits; the numbers peak around the 12th of the month and the drop dramatically, only to start again at the beginning of the next month.
There is some cause for sadness here, as it’s pretty evident that people are madly looking for news or scans of the new chapter, and they’re accidentally clicking on my site. The clearest proof here is that even though I review each chapter about 3-4 days after it’s out, this post doesn’t get that many hits at all. It’s only the next month that people start running into it.
Statcows don’t include Leiji Matsumoto‘s works in their herd. This has deep repercussions on my blog, because a huge chunk (over 30%) of all my posts are Leijiverse-related. Only 1 (!) out of my top 20 posts is Matsumoto-related (and that one’s in 14th place). More glaringly, a full 13 out of the bottom 20 posts are Matsumoto-related.
The most curious of things is my most visited post of all, “How Mad is Soul Eater?”. On the one hand, as I’ve just pointed out, posts related to this series are statcows for me so there’s no surprise there. But there’s a darker, far more sinister reason IMO why this post is at number one. Here’s the image and caption I headed the post with:
If you can stop looking at the image, and just focus on the caption, you will find that…well, let me put the caption itself:
Tsubaki + (Liz & Patty) + Kid = SEX
What I meant by = SEX here was that the characters (Tsubaki, Liz and Patty, Death the Kid) were cool, hawt, etc. Anyway, isolate the last two words and what do you get?
Kid = SEX
Now, guess what’s one of the top search terms people use to find my blog: