Thursday, September 30, 2021

Analyzing The Analytics Analytically

Inspired by Noisms recent post about how his blog is doing these days, I decided to take a closer look at my own and how its going. 

The answer is...a little odd.

Take a look:

As with others who've been looking at this sort of thing recently, my statistics only go back to January of 2011. They go up and up from their, reaching a high point around third quarter of 2015 before dropping down again for a while. 

Viewership raises again in late 2016, peaking pretty high at year's end. It's second highest height comes around January of 2018 and then...damn. What a drop. This is followed by a continual lull for nearly two years. 

Things start to pick up again in 2020 and then...whoah. Look at that massive spike! That was only a month or so ago.

So...what the heck is going on with this blog?

It's rather simple actually. As Jeff Rients told me in the early days of Barking Alien, the more one posts, the more people will come to read them. 

I go through periods of little to no blog activity and can't expect the world to check back constantly to hang on my every non-forthcoming word. At the same time, evidence shows that when I do speak, a lot of people are willing to give a listen. More accurately, when I write they are willing to read it. 

Additional credit mist be given to social media sites like Facebook and especially Twitter. Traffic to my blog has increased significantly since I started linking my posts there.

What does this mean for the future of Barking Alien? 

Who knows? I'm just going to keep doing what I do until I tire of doing it and with my 45th RPG Hobby Anniversary coming next year, that isn't going to be any time soon.

Barking Alien


  1. The most important thing - in my opinion - is getting "comments", and you do very well in that department, which tells me that not only do real people (as opposed to bots) look at your work, but they think about it as well.

    Keep doing what you're doing. Keep telling us about the campaigns you run, the influence of Japanese culture on your games etc

    But there's probably no need to tell us again that you don't like Dungeons & Dragons - I think we've got that message ;)

  2. "But there's probably no need to tell us again that you don't like Dungeons & Dragons - I think we've got that message ;) "

    Really? Are you sure I've conveyed my feelings properly? I wouldn't want there to be any confusion. Also, it's SOOO fun! LOL