Ironyca Stood in the Fire

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2011 in review

Last year I didn’t post the WordPress generated “2010 in review”. It had some errors that didn’t match up to the stats, but this year, it looks like “the stats monkeys” got it right, so here we go!

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 84 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 121 posts. There were 608 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 19th with 688 views. The most popular post that day was Introducing – “The Visual Roleplay Gear List”.

The only reason that old post introducing what is now “WoWRoleplayGear.com had that short surge of hits, was due to the news about Transmogrification being revealed around that day.

How did they find you?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for minecraft, wow rp gear, minecraft pig, minecraft wallpaper, and secret cellar gallywix pleasure palace.

A silly big proportion of search terms are indeed about Minecraft. I’ve not written that many posts about it, although I’m considering writing a few more. The secret cellar in the pleasure palace search term had me up and running when it first appeared, it looked like the perfect Cataclysm secret.

I’ve visited the Palace several times but there really is no secret cellar. Apparently this rumour stems from the short story Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince where the palace was said to have a grenade golf course, a secret booze cellar, a luxury pool and a sauna. The secret booze cellar, however, did not make it into the game.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2011 was The Overlooked Heroes of WoW – Unconventional Ways to Level

These were your 5 most active commenters:

Tomeoftheancient is one of my most vocal readers, Döra not far behind. Thanks to both of you and of course everyone else who commented for being so supportive and bringing good observations to the conversation! I fear that I have not been active enough with my own commenting to be granted top 5 commenter on anyone’s blog… perhaps that should be a new years resolution of mine for 2012.

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2011. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

This is one of the stats I am very proud of and I do intend to write more about these topics that appear to intrigue others as much as me. One of my plans is to split the Cataclysm secrets post into two, detailing the pre and post patch 4.1 secrets separately. I’ve also been collecting more creepy details, I’ve not quite hit 10 yet, but I’ve got some good ones waiting that I’ve not seen mentioned elsewhere, so I should get to it soon.

The fact that some of my more popular posts are also old posts has the peculiar side effect that my hits don’t really go up when I post something new. I had an inactive period over November/December 2011, my schoolwork took more and more time and WoWRoleplayGear.com needed crucial updates to keep up with the new readers who wanted more mog-friendly outfits. During this time, this blog seemed to keep itself running without my input, of course not as actively as before.

Looking back I spent new years eve 2010 in WoW. This year I took the opportunity to host a new year’s party at my place. When you live in the suburbs people will rarely be enthusiastic about partying at your place when better locations are also on offer, yet my apartment was blessed with sparkly glittery paper and festive people, so I was happy.

I wish everyone a great 2012!

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8 comments on “2011 in review

  1. Syl
    January 1, 2012

    Nice roundup, still have to write one of my own.
    Welcome back by the way and happy 2012! :)

    • ironyca
      January 1, 2012

      Wow you’re quick! And happy 2012 to you too Syl!

  2. tomeoftheancient
    January 1, 2012

    Happy New Year Ironyca! Gosh, I didn’t know I was such a chatterbox. I wish we would hear from Döra. I hope she’s just off killing dragons somewhere other than Azeroth.

    • ironyca
      January 2, 2012

      It’s just great you have so much to say!
      And for Döra, she became silent around the time I did, I’m sure she’ll pop up sooner or later.

  3. Rades (@_Rades)
    January 2, 2012

    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts! They’re always interesting and insightful. Keep it up! :D

  4. Cymre
    January 13, 2012

    I just love these annual reports. I’ve had my blog less than 2 months but with all the back publishing it feels like a lot longer. I hope I’m lucky enough to receive one next year.

    Love the Portrait menu on the side :)

    • ironyca
      January 15, 2012

      Hey Cymre and thanks for your comment. I have a lot of fun fiddling with the portraits in Photoshop, like a “featured post”-side bar.

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