I guess, on this occasion, it’s reasonable to post a meta-blog.

If you had told me that, after eight months in service, this blog would reach the 100,000 hit threshold, I’d probably have proposed a more reasonable target instead. After all, I wasn’t posting any videos or anything like that. I made it a point to add “review” to the titles of my articles to make sure people searching on Google wouldn’t get the wrong idea and come here looking for downloads. And really, I haven’t had much success getting people to read stuff I’ve written before.

Well, it looks like I’ve seen more success with this blog than I could have expected. And that success isn’t just measured in hits. I’ve browsed through plenty of blogs in my time, but I’ve never seen more consistently helpful and insightful comments on anything short of a technical site. When I think about this blog, these contributions are what make me happiest about posting every day. Without that feedback, I really have no idea whether anyone is reading (instead of just stopping by in search of something else), or what you’d like to see improved. Thanks to the comments I’ve gotten, I’ve been introduced to new sources of information and erased some of my ignorance.

That said, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to present some of the statistics from the back-end of this site. Part of the reason I’m fascinated by these numbers is that they’re often not what I expect. I’m including them here for those interested

First, the top 15 countries this blog is visited from, with the number of hits:

1 – United States – 18,254

2 – Singapore – 9,512

3 – Malaysia – 9,411

4 – Philippines – 6,816

5 – Indonesia – 6,222

6 – Canada – 5,270

7 – Thailand – 4,855

8 – Australia – 4,476

9 – Japan – 4,435

10 – United Kingdom – 2,979

11 – France – 2,580

12 – Vietnam – 1,756

13 – Germany – 1,571

14 – Hong Kong – 1,246

15 – Spain – 1,238

Those proportions have been relatively consistent throughout the lifetime of this blog. Singapore and Malaysia have always vied for #2 and #3, switching places from time to time.

Now, for the 10 most visited pages of all-time, not including the home page. Keep in mind that this will naturally favor older articles:

1 – VS Arashi 2012.07.05 Review – 1,062

2 – Sprout Ep 01 Review – 914

3 – GTO Ep 01 Review – 869

4 – Shounen Club 2012.05.09 Review – 793

5 – Shounen Club 2012.06.13 Review – 680

6 – Shounen Club 2012.07.04 Review – 610

7 – VS Arashi 2012.06.28 Review – 535

8 – Ikinari Ougon Densetsu – Tamamori’s Challenge Part 1 – 521

9 – Kagi no Kakatta Heya Ep 11 Review – 494

10 – Shounen Club 2012.08.29 Review – 489

Shounen Club is always the most popular show for visitors to this site. I think that’s probably because there are plenty of other people covering the Arashi shows and dramas. The top VS Arashi episode was one with Oguri Shun-san, as well as Degawa-san for comic relief, so it was definitely a fun one. The May 9th Shounen Club is still my favorite for the year, and it looks like there was a lot of excitement for that one in terms of visitors. The June 28th VS Arashi had Hongo Kanata-kun and Okada Masaki-kun, and was also among my top five favorite episodes of the year. Tamamori’s Challenge was, of course, epic.

How about the top 10 search engine terms?

1 – kitayama hiromitsu journey across india – 314

2 – sprout dramawiki – 281

3 – rich man poor woman – 242

4 – morikawa aoi – 220

5 – j everything – 220

6 – hamakisu – 152

7 – honda tsubasa – 137

8 – j-everything – 130

9 – matsumura hokuto – 126

10 – kagi no kakatta heya review – 116

Since I didn’t actually review Rick Man, Poor Woman, all those visitors must have gone to the July 5th VS Arashi, which featured the cast of that drama as the opposing team. While you might think, looking at the contents of this site, that I’d get a lot of traffic from names of Johnny’s members, there’s a lot of competition in that arena. It looks like Morikawa-san, Honda-san and Matsumura-kun are less well-covered on the internet.

Finally, the month-by-month trajectory for this blog:

April – 621 (avg. 27)

May – 5,643 (avg. 182)

June – 8,968 (avg. 299)

July – 14,301 (avg. 461)

August – 15,341 (avg. 495)

September – 16,609 (avg. 554)

October – 17,638 (avg. 569)

November – 21,093 (avg. 703)

So, this blog hasn’t plateaued, continuing to grow as I add more posts (currently, the post count stands at 369 – this one will be 370).

If you have any comments about how I might make this site better, feel free to say so in the comments below. I can’t guarantee I’ll take up every suggestion (there are certain things about the site that I want to keep consistent so visitors know what they’re going to get, and I also have time constraints, just like everyone else), but I’ll take them into consideration.

Thank you for reading! I’ll continue to do my best to make this site as enjoyable and accessible as I can.

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