The last time I marked a post milestone I was well…let’s just forget about most of that. Instead, I should be celebrating the fact that this blog continues to exist. It’s not necessarily growing at the pace I’d like, but I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll only find that formula by accident. So I’m going to go all meta here for a bit to see if I have actually followed some advice that was given in that post, add some other thoughts on the last 100 posts before once again begging for advice from the masses.
Thirteen months ago, I hit the 200 post mark. At the time I noted that the Legend of the Galactic Heroes content was fairly high, but it has climbed even further to near 43% of all posts. I’ve gone to the well nearly 130 times out of something I started with foppery and whim. I’d honestly like to see that percentage lower though.
In the time since post 200, I finished episodically blogging Giant Killing which was then followed by, nothing in particular. I did try a number of things, an episodic post on Yosuga no Sora, a literal failure of a post on To Aru Majutsu no Index, 3 posts on [C] along with occasional thoughts on topics at hand. Judging by the comments, I’ve pretty much realized that I have an incredibly fractured readership. The same people will comment on one type of post, and only one type of post. It’s almost as if it becomes a one-man group blog based on that alone.
So a couple of other things before I get into responses, my most popular post on the blog is still the same one from Ladies versus Butlers!, my most visits in one day hasn’t changed at all, and my views per month have gone down if anything over the last 100 posts. Keep that in mind as I pay too much attention to statistics.
I’ve condensed this a little, but the suggestions began from ghostlightning who suggested that I follow a football theme to this blog through writing style and forcing references for the sake of being fun. I responded by changing the theme a bit here, adding a header taken from a screen from an early episode of Giant Killing. About the fun part, I decided to take my various writings when I wasn’t having fun to another location. I’d say I really only took about 20% of the advice there.
The only other bit of advice was to do some editing. Well, that strategy was used in about 4 of the posts in the series from 201-299. I bet you couldn’t tell which ones they were.
Ultimately, not taking advice ended up with predictable results; the inability to progress on merit. Which is why I now turn to what I still want to get out of the site. I guess I simply want this to be somewhere where I can write on a variety of topics and get a level of conversation beyond my simply responding to comments and ending there. I could throw out the stats once I got to that point, but I haven’t moved.
I know it’s probably too much to ask for advice again, but if there’s anything you’d like me to try to do from this point on I’ll at least consider it. Regardless, I’ll keep trying to have fun and provide information and opinion here even if it doesn’t change any minds.