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I do not consider myself a "content creator", and I write mainly for myself. Writing helps organize my thoughts, consolidate what I have learned, improve my English, and it's just fun to share one's experience.

However, obviously we would like to make and share things that are enjoyed by more people! Just for fun, I thought I would look at my blogs and collect some statistics on view counts. You should be able to see it using the link below.

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This data excludes blogs on DF experiences, miscellaneous blogs and seasonal events, which are not part of a specific series. Because such blogs vary greatly in content, it's hard to draw any reasonable conclusions from them, therefore I have excluded them. However, in general these blogs have a profile similar to "Hell is a Healer...", with average view count of around 400, and will not break 1k views.

The data is very unscientific. Not only is the sample size small, the blogs differ greatly in presentation and style even within the same series. Nevertheless, I think some general trends can be identified.


1. The popularity of the blogs largely follows the size of the audience that does that content: MSQ > Ex > Savage > Eureka.

2. The number of views and likes/comments is not correlated. This makes sense, since likes/comments come from Lodestone regulars, while views may come from anywhere.


I was surprised that my Savage blogs actually have a significant view count. The median is almost 1k, while nearly all my blogs on DF experiences, seasonal events, pvp and other topics fail to break 1k views. They are also the ones with the most likes, and are 4 times as likely to be liked compared to Ex blogs, which is the next most comparable content. This is especially unusual considering that there are plenty of competing sources for Savage experiences. If you want to see someone doing Savage, there are lots of Twitch streamers you can follow, and unlike me, they are actually good at the game, lol!

The statistics don't fully convey how unexpected this is. For example, this is my most liked blog of all time (14 likes), and sat at the #1 spot on top Lodestone blogs for a long time, yet it has only 1.2k views. Fully a third of my Savage blogs have more than that.

My interpretation is that some players may enjoy reading about other people attempting Savage, or be curious about it, even if they have not done the content. This is not surprising, for example, I still watch and follow a lot of StarCraft 2 streamers, even though I no longer actively play the game. It can be fun to read about other people's experiences without needing to play seriously or experience the tension of struggling to clear yourself. I also feel that many experienced raiders in NA do not relate very well to the casual players and vice versa. As a casual player myself, it's possible that I have a different perspective than experienced raiders, who produce most Savage-related content.

For Savage blogs, the view count began to drop starting with entry #14. This is probably because it was already week 10-11 of Savage release, and most people had finished all the content in the patch and unsubbed, so it is natural that interest waned.

There is an unusual trend in my ShB MSQ series, where the 1st 2 blogs had much lower viewcount. That's because I changed my style beginning with the 3rd blog, and it became a more detailed recount of the MSQ, focusing less on my own perspective. My interpretation is that people are using this as a recap of the story.

That's all!
Comments (10)

Esper Eidolon

Diabolos (Crystal)

interesting

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie (Aether)

I can't look at your stats on my work computer, but I will tell you RIGHT now, what lodestone people look at and like makes NO sense! Don't EVEN try to figure it out, it will drive you CRAZY! ;p

But yes, guides and recaps will get many views, especially if the content is very new; as well as pics that cater to the lowest denominator. (IE:skimpy dressed cat girls)

Stuff with big walls of text such as stories usually won't because well, people are too lazy to read it! ;-)

Pan'da Express

Sargatanas (Aether)

My best blogs are the ones were I shit on the community or give informative info.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

It would be interesting to make a more scientific survey, to determine how much the effect of a scantily-clad catgirl pic is, or to determine whether positive or negative posts get more views. Lol.

I think Annabel's Journey has a unique problem, in that it is so long and may be difficult for new readers to get into. Many long running series have this problem to an extent, even FFXIV's MSQ.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

In fact, it may be why Modern Girl is getting higher views. Perhaps both series are actually equally popular in a vacuum, but one is easier to get into as a new reader, haha.

Mahdi Draaken

Faerie (Aether)

how do you think the view counts work .....for say returning to the page to read the new comments, or reply to comments? does it only count my character viewing this page once? or does it count "1 view" every time i come back to view / reply the comments?

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

I am not sure... I do know that constantly refreshing the page does not increase the viewcount, for one. So most likely, it only counts views from different IP's. Beyond that, who knows? Lol.

Esper Eidolon

Diabolos (Crystal)

You could also consider multiple devices from same person to view it. I personally don’t watch videos often on my phone, but tablet and computer i tend to go back and watch

Ronove Solomon

Faerie (Aether)

My blue mage guide did really well. Your tags can help a lot too.

Kahori Harukawa

Coeurl (Crystal)

The view counts do not matter to my lodestone blog, what matters is that I get my post content out. Be it anecdotes, song parodies, shitposts, etc.
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