By the numbers/Feedback

AA7First of all I would like to thank all the bloggers who support this site and continue to do so every day. It is gratifying to know that so many of you find the content useful and entertaining and we hope you will continue to log on. The numbers detailed at the end of this post show that there were almost 5 million hits on this site since July 19 which is not even 4 months.

As promised, here’s an update on what Christian and I have done re your comments last week on areas where you saw the need for change/improvement on the site. We have resolved 90% of your requests and I’m enclosing  a report on what we have achieved to date.

 1. Relocate” Welcome” – Welcome  has been moved to the top of the site under Visitors on the left hand sidebar

2. As requested, we have increased the number of posts on the front page from 10 to 15 – a 50% increase. (Let’s hope this doesn’t slow down loading times)

3. We have moved the Tag Cloud which was on the front page, to eliminate some of the “clutter”

4. Combine Authors’ Sites and Authors’ Blogs on the site – Done

5. Remove Storm who everyone hated and replace her with Hugh Jackman – Done *g*

6. Do a FAQ on the site – This is underway (Tam is doing this)

7. Comments Feature – This is one area that will take a little more time to resolve but Christian has made a few changes and he’s looking into a permanent solution. If you know of a site that has a great “Comment” feature please provide the information on this post.

8. One continuing issue that we seem to have is the “cut” on posts for feeds such as RSS and Livejournal that many bloggers use to read posts for different websites and blogs. Originally I set up the feed so that the entire post would be visible. Last week it was suggested that I only show 3 lines of each feed since some bloggers found the pictures on the site not work safe, especially on Fridays. Well I made the change and this resulted in requests to go back to the original setting where the complete post is visible.

This is a very difficult decision for me because no matter what I do I won’t please everyone. However, since bloggers who access the site through their feed readers have the ability to check the posts at times during the day when it’s more convenient and not visible to everyone in their workplace, I have decided to revert to the original setting. This is less inconvenient than having to constantly go out of the feed reader to read the entire post and comment.

9. For the other outstanding stuff I would like to ask you to bear with us as the site is experiencing incredible growth since it was set up. Our usage statistics are unbelievable for such a small site and to give you an idea, here’s the usage chart from Fat.Cow the company that hosts the site. Since we moved here in the middle of July the number of hits each month has increased tremendously:

July 19 to the end of the month 202,973 hits
August 523,000 hits
September 1,290,460 hits
October 1,987,307 hits
November (to date) 586,000 hits

statistics
(click on the picture to see a larger version)
Almost 5M hits in less than 4 months! 😀 Thanks everyone and I look forward to seeing you on the site.
Larissa
Larissa
6 years 5 months ago

Holy smokes! That looks awsome! But you deserve it, you guys put a lot of work in this blog!

M.L. Rhodes
6 years 5 months ago

Totally awesome numbers, Wave!! Woo hoo!!! And I’m not at all surprised. This is THE best site for m/m fiction.

I’m happy about the full post on the feed (thanks for going back!). Oftentimes, on busy days for me, the feed is the only chance I get to keep up with what’s going on here on the site, so I very much appreciate having the entire post available.

When I do visit the site itself, I’m glad for more posts on the main page!

sharvie
sharvie
6 years 5 months ago

Wow, you got tons done is such a short amount of time. This has got to be the best run blog I’ve ever been on. 😀
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I also like the full length feed but it wasn’t a major issue for me. I get why people requested the other way, even though that’s not my preference. However I get the feed I’ll be happy.
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Love the new terms page as well. Finally, I liked Storm but a wet Hugh is positively drool worthy. 😛 Keep going with the Awesomeness! The site rocks!!

K. Z. Snow
6 years 5 months ago

Abundant thanks, Wave, for all you (and Christian) have done for those of us who love the genre. Your dedication has been remarkable. In fact, I get exhausted just thinking about it. 😉
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And…yay, Tam! What a great addition to the “family”! (Hugh ain’t so bad, neither.)

Lily
6 years 5 months ago

Wave, those are pretty impressive numbers. Congrats!

I love the change from Storm to Hugh’s picture. 🙂

Sloan Parker
6 years 5 months ago

The changes look great, Wave. And I have to admit, I like the full posts for feeds too.

Congrats on all the traffic! That’s impressive. You’ve been putting out a lot of great content so it makes sense to me. Nice job!

Sloan

Leslie
6 years 5 months ago

I didn’t mind Storm, but Hugh is definitely better so thanks for that change. Thanks for increasing the number of posts on the page, too. I think that is a big improvement. Stuff disappeared so fast with the lower number.

It’s good to hear the site is growing by leaps and bounds. It should–good stuff here!

L

Tam
6 years 5 months ago

Holy Smokes. Yer famous. 😀 And worldwide no less.
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I will hopefully have a first draft of the FAQs done later this week. I’ve not been able to focus on them much since I have company but Thursday my life goes back to “normal” including work. Boo. 🙂 It’s very cool to see all those flags. Making the world a smaller place one book at a time.

tish
tish
6 years 5 months ago

My dughter loves the pictures of the boys bums…. shes 7 LOL!
This is a great site and I have bought 90% of my total number of books for the last 3 months from your recomendations.
thanks

Justacat
6 years 5 months ago

Oh wow, I’m so thrilled about the change back to the full posts for feeds! I didn’t expect it, but you’ve made me at least a very happy Waver! Thank you!
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All the other changes are good ones, too, helping make the site even more user friendly. Especially Hugh Jackman. *g* Who is now on Broadway with Daniel Craig – talk about an overload of hot… :sigh:

Val Kovalin
6 years 5 months ago

Wow! I mean, wow, Wave! I’m kind of a stats nerd, and that is some astounding traffic growth stats. That is wonderful both for this site and for the mm genre in general that interest is growing exponentially like this!

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