torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
I didn't do this meme last year, idk why, probably busy, but also maybe because I wasn't writing anymore. And I'm still not writing anymore, but having several hundred fics on AO3 means that even without producing any new content, I get a steady stream of daily kudos, and based on the fic titles I've been seeing show up in those emails, I think there's probably been a lot of change in my most popular stories. (As I mentioned the other day, The Force Awakens has awakened people's interest in my old Star Wars stories, for one thing.)

Top 20 of 2016 by hits )

Top 20 by kudos )

Well, probably not many actually read this post, but I like having a record like this, especially since I almost never look at my stats page except when doing this meme, so it's a surprise (except for things like the increase in popularity in VC and SW fics, which I could guess by the daily kudos). I should definitely try to remember to do this every year, even if I never write anything new.
torachan: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
Well, it's about a month late because I saw other people on my flist doing it and put it on my to-do list and then just didn't do it. :p But even though I haven't written hardly anything in the time since I last did the meme, I really can't resist taking a look at the stats. I'm curious to see what's changed. (I know just from the kudos emails that I get that there's been an uptick in interest in Vampire Chronicles fic this past year, but I don't know that it's so much as to get any of those fics into even the top twenty.)

Here are the previous years' stats:

2011 )

2012 )

2013 )

And 2014 )

Not to much movement compared to last year's top ten )

And now, like last year and the year before, I want to look at the full top twenty, because there's a lot more movement between 11 and 20 and that's more fun for me to see than just "oh yeah, these fics that were popular last year got some more hits".

2012 )

2013 )

2014 )

I will dub this year the year that people discovered the dubcon Peter Pan shota )

Still none of those VC fics in the top twenty, but they're getting close! I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one or two there next year (there are four between 21 and 30).
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
I saw several posts on my flist over the past few days, reminding me that it's that time of year again when we revist the hit count meme. I really like the idea of this becoming a yearly thing and seeing what changes there are. On the one hand, it might be more interesting if I actually wrote more fic these days, but on the other hand, since I'm not writing a ton of new fic and having the list each year just be my most recent fics in big fandoms, instead I get to compare how the same fics do from year to year. (And I think it's especially interesting to do it on AO3 as opposed to any other site, because AO3 is still growing. In fact, I wish I'd thought to do something like this for more than just the past two years.)

Anyway, on to the list!

For comparison, here are the previous years:

2011 )

2012 )

And this year's:

2013 )

blather )

I did take a look at the top twenty last year, so I'd like to compare those as well.

2012 )

2013 )

blather )

I think I'd like to take a look at kudos, too, but maybe will save that for another day...
torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
Ooh, apparently people are doing that AO3 hit count meme again and it's been just a year since the first time it went around, so that means comparing stats! This year has seen such a huge increase in AO3 traffic in general so it's been really interesting seeing people's lists, and I was really curious to see what changes there were for my own fics.

Here's last year's:

2011 )

And here's this year's:

2012 )

Since I only wrote six fics since I did this meme last year, it's hardly surprising that most of the top ten are the same this year as last. But the two new ones are in spots three and four, which says a lot about the increase in traffic. They weren't posted for any special fest or anything (the top two fics were Yuletide and Remix, respectively, both large fests hosted on AO3), so they didn't get a bump from that. Though they did get more hits due to the fact that around this time last year I stopped posting fic to DW/LJ and now only post headers with links to AO3, so all the people who would otherwise have read on my journal or in comms are now reading on AO3.

Oh wait, The Best Day ever is new, too? Wow, that is surprising, because I thought it had been fairly popular last year, too. It's surprising to me how popular that fic turned out to be, so I'm definitely not surprised to see it in the list.

It's interesting to see the changes in order, though. Most fics are chugging along, consistently getting more hits, but then there's stuff like Sleeping Underneath Your Skin, which more than doubled its hits and jumped from 7th to 5th. And even though What Makes a Man also almost doubled its hits, it dropped from 4th to 8th.

In fact, my most recent fic, which is not only not in the top ten, but not even the top twenty, would have been nearly tied for 6th on last year's list (it's at 419 compared to 420).

And speaking of the top twenty, I kind of want to analyse those, too, so...

Click for list! )

Now here there is a lot more movement! My New Achilles Heel shot up out of nowhere to take the 11th spot. This is a drabble that got almost no attention when it was posted (both here and on AO3), but was remixed last year, which led to a lot of people clicking through to the original.

I'm not surprised to see Not Keeping Track there. Although it wasn't written for Yuletide, I think it received a Yuletide bump due to people clicking on the Scott Pilgrim tag after exhausting the Yuletide Scott Pilgrim fics. And it's one I get kudos on pretty consistently (also favorites on ff.n).

I see some older SGA and Harry Potter fics that people may have discovered or rediscovered on AO3. This is stuff that for a long time got no traffic at AO3 because any recs or delicious saves were pointing towards the original posts on LJ, but now we're seeing people who are just browsing AO3 in general, so there is traffic on these old fics that had been just sitting there unnoticed for a couple years since I posted them there.

Halfway from Coal, Halfway to Diamond is one that made the list last year because it was a Yuletide fic that was first posted to AO3. It's obviously continued to get hits, but not that many, and in time will get pushed further and further back due to being such a minor fandom.

Okay, I will stop now before I am tempted to do the top thirty for forty or more. XD It's just so interesting to see what people are reading! (Or at least clicking on!) For example, I didn't expect to see a handful of my ancient Vampire Chronicles fics in the top forty, but there they are! In fact, in general my VC fics are way higher than I expected them to be. A lot of VC fic has been lost over the years, so I think people are really happy to find what they can. (I didn't look that far back, but I assume the bottom forty or so is almost all Jude/Ewan stuff, because yeah, no fandom. And yet I wrote so much of it! Hahaha...)
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I saw [personal profile] azurejay doing this and it looked fun and time-wastey, so here are the top ten fics of mine sorted by number of hits.

Cut for stats and blather )

I also started following [personal profile] cesare's suggestion of saving kudos to a folder in my email. I used to just delete them when the notifications came, so unfortunately I could only salvage them about a month back, but I did put them all in a folder and each time I get a new one, I add it in. It's not only nice to see a total of how many kudos people have sent, but it's interesting to see what is getting kudos (if I delete them, I don't really remember from day to day). Why is my Yotsuba&! story getting a bunch of kudos lately? Did someone rec it somewhere? Why did my Big Bang Theory fic get kudos from two people in a row? Or sometimes I've seen a handful come in for several different trans fics and I wonder if they're reading off my master list (or perhaps the AO3 transgender tag).


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