If you’ll permit me to go meta for a second, today wraps up the first year of The Droid You’re Looking For. That means that my blog officially turns one year old tomorrow! And I’ll have more fun with that a little bit later. But for now, I thought I’d give you a peek into the ultra-exciting world of stats, figures, and highlights from the first year:
TOTAL PAGE VIEWS: 198, 365
BUSIEST DAY: 24,295 page views (October 19, 2010)
DAILY AVERAGE: 544 page views
FEATURED IN THE IMDB HIT LIST (which I am eternally grateful to the IMDB editors for this): Ten times
To give you an idea the type of impact that IMDb has had on my traffic and why I’m so grateful to them, I’ve received 113,052 page views from them. That’s 57%(!) of my total page views. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this, but who knows how big my audience would be without the Hit List.
THANKS TO OTHERS
There are quite a few other places that have helped drive traffic my way; I’m also extremely grateful to these folks.
The Beer and Whiskey Brothers– Don and Jim do an excellent job over there and I’ve gotten a really great chunk of traffic from them.
FlixChatter – Ruth has been featured on the Hit List several times as well. You’d be hard pressed to find another blogger who’s as enthusiastic about movies as her.
Dead Homer Society– These fine folks never miss a chance to link me when I mention The Simpsons and I’ve gotten a really solid amount of traffic from them. It’s much appreciated.
Goregirl’s Dungeon– Speaking of enthusiastic film bloggers, Goregirl’s devotion to all things horror is admirable.
Spanning the Whirled– This was a new one on me- I was actually tabbed by Keith as an “impressive, provocative voice from around the blogosphere”. I was so honored that I celebrated by drawing stick figures with boobs.
Rantocracy– If you’ve ever noticed the Homer Simpson badge in my right nav, click on it- it’ll take you to the time I won Rantocracy’s Pageant of the Transmundane Award for creating Failed Ghostbusters Product Endorsements. That made me very happy.
Undy-A-Hundy– Stu and his readers are very, very welcome visitors here; they’re precisely the type of movie people I want poking around at TDYLF.
My friend Marty– It’s kind of a fun running gag for me to mention “my friend Marty”. I’ve gotten more ideas and help on this blog from Marty than I can shake a stick at and this place wouldn’t be nearly what it is without his input. Likewise, thumbs up go to (the other) John at Quantization. I’ve found a lot of ideas from him as well, usually at the bottom of several pints.
And of course, my subscribers and daily readers. This place is nothing without your readership and comments.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
These are the articles that have received the most traffic:
12 Great Moments in Movie History, Using Stick Figures– 27,389 views
Seven TV Characters I Wish Dexter Morgan Would Murder – 20,858
Movie Charts– 15,262
The Six Best Moments on Mad Men– 13,940
Ten Fictional Businesses That I Wish Were Real– 13,745
100 Things I Love About the Movies – 11,689
Eight Movies That Would be Better with Futurama Characters– 11,484
Don’t be Stoonad! Take the Gangster Movie Challenge!– 9,510
Horror Movies About Lesser Holidays– 7,436
Lessons I’ve Learned From Holiday Specials– 4,283
MOST POPULAR ARTICLE (NON-HIT LIST CATEGORY):
Not coincidentally, all ten of those most popular articles above were IMDb Hit Listed pieces. Which article has gotten the most traffic without the aid of performance-enhancing links? I’m proud of this one because it’s on the verge of being in the top 10 even without having ever been on the Hit List- A List Par Excellence: The 50 Greatest French Films of All-Time.
One of my favorite little games to play here is to add goofy, unique keywords to my entries in the hopes that I’ll get traffic from really obscure or absurd searches on search engines. I learned this very early on by including ‘samurai boobs’ on my ‘Great Moment in Movie History’ for Lone Wolf and Cub. What other search terms have brought people here? A few that crack me up: jimmy darmody prostitute girlfriend, last dinner zombie, human centipede products, lucky luciano gonorrhea, animal costume porn, watch superbabies 2 baby geniuses, debra morgan annoying, human centipede christmas, lrrr, people in animal masks, scary breakfast cereal, pray for mojo, and nazi zombie movies.
I have a few personal favorite articles that I’ve written that haven’t been mentioned yet. The full ‘Great Moments’ series was what I envisioned as being a big part of this blog. You can find the full list here. I was very pleased with the finished product on the Scorsese Last Supper; I wish that one had gotten a bit more traffic, but such is the way of the blogosphere. I really enjoy doing the Iron Director series because it lets me act like I’m a film student for a few minutes each time. The same goes for my entries about Louis Malle, Akira Kurosawa (my first ever entry!), and Buster Keaton.
MOST FREQUENTLY USED TAGS
Ingmar Bergman (16), Buster Keaton (11), Martin Scorsese (10), The Big Lebowski (9), Luis Buñuel (8), Animal House (8), There Will be Blood (6), The Simpsons (6), Pulp Fiction (6), Louis Malle (5), Sunset Boulevard (5), Edgar Wright (5), The Muppet Show (5)… and others at 5.
Here’s to one year in the can and hoping for many more. And so I paraphrase The Stranger from The Big Lebowski: Welp, that about does her, wraps her all up. Things seem to’ve worked out pretty good for the Droid, and it was a purty good story, dontcha think?