Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One Year with the Sorcerer's Skull

Today is this blog’s first anniversary--or it will be, at exactly 1:22pm. That's one year and over 300 posts of the sorts of things my friend and first follower, Jim Shelley, was tired of hearing about over email, so he suggested a started blogging about them.

115 public followers (and about 60 shy folks on feed only) later, I’d like to think my ramblings have found some sort of audience.

Here are some interesting stats from the year:

Heaviest Traffic Day: May 3, 2010, with a bit over 5,000 unique visitors, riding off the popularity of my cousin’s Temple of Kazoth map, and my first AD&D character, after my friend Chris “Invicible Super-Blog” Sims twitted about it, and somebody linked to it on metafilter.

Most Popular Post Otherwise: My posting of the map of H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle on May 16. It’s also the post with the most “legs”, still getting a fair number of hits to this day.

Most Commented Post: "The Old-School RPG Blogger Advancement Table" with 35, on September 17 (it’s good to know I didn’t totally peak in May!).

Media Inspiring the Most Post Titles: Song titles and lyrics apparently give me the most inspiration, as I’ve gone to that well for titles around two dozen times, with lines nicked from old spirituals, David Bowie, Steppenwolf, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, among others.

Anyway, thanks to all of you commenters, followers, and linkers for giving me the encouragement to keep this going!

29 comments:

Tim Shorts said...

One year already. Great blog. Happy Blogaversery. I know that's not a word and even if it was I probably spelled it wrong.

Clovis Cithog said...

Congrats

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Blogaversary to you. Happy Blogaversary to you. Happy Blogaversary, Dear Trey. Happy Blogaversary, to you.

And that concludes my singing for the day.

Reno said...

Happy Anniversary!

Shane Mangus said...

Congrats, Trey! Great first year!

Christopher B said...

Congrats on the blogiversary, and here's hoping for many more! :D

Trey said...

Thanks guys! And thanks for your readership.

@Tim - With made-up words, whose to say how to spell them? ;)

@Whisk - The singing was lovely, thank you. :)

Hey, Reno! I didn't know you had blog. I'll be checking that out.

bliss_infinte said...

Bravo and great blogging - and over 300 posts no less! Always a good read!

seaofstarsrpg said...

Well done. Looking forward to reading for many more years to come.

Lord Gwydion said...

Big old Congrats, man! Looking forward to the second year!

The Happy Whisk said...

Thank you. I was in fine voice and for one year celebration, I sang extra loud.

The Happy Whisk said...

PS: How do I learn how many feed only, or subscribers I have?

Risus Monkey said...

Congratulations on a fantastic first year. FtSS is the first blog I check every day and it remains one of my favorite RPG reads. I can't wait to see what Year 2 will bring and I'll be first in line for Weird Adventures.

Trey said...

Thanks guys.

Risus, you've been a strong supporter since the earliest days, and I appreciate it. Weird Adventures is still coming, and I've got a free pdf of some WA stuff coming very soon.

@Whisk - There are multiple ways, but I use Google webmaster tools. It has a "subscriber stats" feature.

Beedo said...

Congrats on making the first year as well - really looking forward to seeing Weird Adventures compiled. Your ideas capture the idea of 'Gothic America' in a remarkable and fresh way.

The Happy Whisk said...

Thank you, Trey. My new frig is due here any minute but after things get settled, I'll give this a try. Thanks again.

Matt said...

Happy anniversary - now get to work on that book!

C'nor (Outermost_Toe) said...

Whisk:

You said: "My new frig is due here any minute but after things get settled, I'll give this a try."

They'll be delivering that Norse Deity any second now, right?

ancientvaults said...

Congratulations, Trey!
Your blog is really inspirational and I enjoy reading it. I have been looking for the Warlord comics even and I am not really a big comic book fan.

Keep on throwing us the good stuff, Trey!

Christian said...

That's a heck of a year. Very well done, sir!

Dungeonmum said...

Happy Blogaversary Dr 3. Keep throwing the weirdness, the glamourous gals and the general coolness at us. We salute you!

Trey said...

Thank you all for the kind words, and for your readership.

Matt, will do as you request. If only the writer of my paycheck understood the importance of my Weird Adventures work! ;)

James said...

Happy Blogoversary and thanks to Jim, for suggesting you start a blog!

Booberry said...

Congrats dude. The Skull is the first and sometimes only blog I check every day. I really admire your ability to consistently post meaningful, fun entries, and I look forward to reading some of your work in an offline format sometime this year.

Trey said...

Thanks, James. I'll convey that to Jim. :) And thank you for being an early supporter.

Hey, Booberry. I was wondering if you were still lurking hereabouts. Thanks for the kind words. I will get you that hardcopy this year.

Harald said...

Here's to year two being at least as awesome as the first one.

Trey said...

Cheers, Harald!

Brandon said...

After a day of writing puns, word plays, and other atrocities in the name of marketing, the best I can come up with is....wait for it....blogtastic. Sigh.

Congrats man!

Trey said...

It's that kind of neologistic talent, that makes you the Don Draper of trailer writing. ;)

Thanks, man.