Halloween marked the first anniversary for For Whom The Gear Turns and it has been a great first year. Thank you so much to The Steampunk Journal, The Obsession Engine, Hive Queen and Country and Airship Flamel for your reblogs, to the World of Penny Blake for your support, and to all my readers for sharing almost 3,000 things, including the campaign for Steam Tour.
So as a little “happy birthday” to the blog, I collected some amazing examples of Steampunk cakes.
I reached and exceeded my goal of 25,000 views for the first year, and gained 711 followers. Wow! But I need your help to shape my calendar for the year to come, so please give me your feedback below. You can vote as many times as you want, so feel free to reload this post and choose as many options as you like.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all the articles that have been the most popular in case you are new to following or missed them the first time around. It is really interesting to see what interests you the most, and it helps me decide what to write about, so keep up the good work sharing. commenting and reading! The titles are all active links so feel free to explore these top picks by readers.
This is one of my favorite statistics to check, and it tells me so much about what my readers might want to see more of.
1. Steampunk Scrapbook Paper
2. Free Vintage Images
3. Music to Steampunk by: Lindsey Stirling
4. Steampunk Sourcebook: Captain Nemo
5. Treasure Planet
6. Of Coke and Culture Clash (Multicultural Steampunk)
You can’t imagine how much it warms my heart to see that the two pages that are most personal, about me and the pictures of my artwork, are in the top 6 most viewed things on the blog.
1. Van Helsing Mixes Monsters for Movie Magic
2. Brothers Grimm Punks Your Favorite Fairy Tales
3. About the Author
4. The Dolls of New Albion at Ed Fringe Review
5. My Artwork
6. Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes Book
I will get back to Steam Tour stuff in my next entry, but I hit a milestone yesterday (200 posts!) and I thought I’d take a moment to share some info with the blogosphere.
If you are a blogger then you probably spend at least some of your time worrying about your stats and traffic. It’s natural, you put a lot of energy into your posts and you want to know who is reading them, and how it compares to other blogs. But, there aren’t a lot of real concrete facts out there to look at and compare to your own progress. So in the spirit of sharing and adding to the data out in the ether for other bloggers to use, here are some stats from ForWhomTheGearTurns.com.
What I have found so far is that there is something of a pattern starting to emerge, that loosely follows a series of powers of 10.
There have been 19,000+ hits on my blog, so let’s round it to 20,000 views for the sake of the math. This happened over the last 10 months or so, which averages to 2000 views per month. Of course, when I first started this was much lower, and August was my best month ever at around 3000.
There have been about 2400 shares, which we’ll round down to 2000 shares. This converts to around 10% of views turning into shares on Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and Reddit (in that order).
I have gained about 190 WordPress followers, which we can round up to 200 followers, again for the math. So for every 100 views I have gained approximately 1 Wordpress follower. This also averages out to about 20 per month. I have followers on Facebook and Twitter as well, but WP followers seem to be the most consistent indicator.
And because I also just published my 200th post that comes out to about 1 WP follower per post.
Do you have stats to share? I’d love to compare notes!