Sunday, March 9, 2014

A look at my top 10 posts of all time

Or something. Blogger stats are bizarre and inaccurate. Mine are bloated with spam views. Also, strangely enough, my stats begin back in July 2007, even though my first post was published on May 22, 2008. I have no clue how that works.

Whatever. I'm going to write this post as though those stats mean something and these posts are popular with real live people. Here's the list, plus my theories on why they're so popular:

1. Post-vacation post

I listed 10 different manga and books in this post, something that always seems to attract spam page views like a magnet. Plus, I mentioned my kitten (now a cat), and the Internet loves cats and kittens.

2. Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Complete Book 1 Collection (non-Japanese animation, TV series)

Avatar: The Last Airbender is insanely popular, and with good reason.

3. Amnesia (anime TV series), via Crunchyroll 

This TV series made me angry, and it's quite possible that my anger was entertaining. At least Higurashi: When They Cry was supposed to be horror. As far as I know, Amnesia is considered a romance series. I do not understand how something can be considering a romance when the romantic lead (or one of the romantic leads) drugs the heroine and, when she resists, locks her in a cage.

Wow. I get angry even thinking about this series.

4. Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Complete Book 2 Collection (non-Japanese animation, TV series)

Again, Avatar: The Last Airbender is super-popular. So much so that it spilled over onto to two of my posts. Impressive.

5. Chi's Sweet Home (manga, vols. 2-8) by Konami Kanata

Like I said, the Internet loves cats and kittens. Although it's not like this post has any pictures of her. Shouldn't my post about volume 1 have been more popular?

6. Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes From the Zombie Apocalypse (book)

The Internet loves zombies, too.

7. Pandemonium (graphic novel) written by Chris Wooding, illustrated by Cassandra Diaz

If anyone at Scholastic reads my blog: people really, really, really want a second volume of this series. I still have people stumbling across this post, looking for info about the non-existent next volume. Amazingly, they outnumber the people hoping someone has turned Mara, Daughter of the Nile into a movie.

Pandemonium was okay, but essentially unfinished, so I agree with the visitors who'd like another volume. And I also agree with the people who'd like a Mara, Daughter of the Nile movie.

8. Earthrise (e-book) by M.C.A. Hogarth

Earthrise is a self-published science fiction book. I know that Hogarth has quite a few fans, and the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. It's still surprising to me that this post somehow racked up over a thousand page views, even if a good chunk of them are spam views.

It's the first book in a still-unfinished trilogy, so maybe that helped attract a few views? Who knows.

I'm really looking forward to the third book, by the way.

9. Black Butler (manga, vol. 1) by Yana Toboso 

Everybody loves sexy demon butlers, don't they?

10. The Complete Persepolis (graphic novel memoir) by Marjane Satrapi 

Um. Graphic novels are popular? Other than that, I've got nothing. The Complete Persepolis is fairly different from what I usually review.


  1. I have certain posts in my blogs that seem to be popular with spammers, too. Maybe another way to judge popular posts are the ones that get the most legitimate comments?

    1. By that standard, my post for Pandemonium is probably the most popular. Unfortunately, judging popular posts based on the number of comments is harder - I wish Blogger's admin view allowed for sorting by number of comments.