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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Running down John Scalzi

John Scalzi  is understandably pleased by Whatever's 8 million views in 2012.
Just passed the number. Thanks to Hacker News for the assist; someone there linked to “A Self-Made Man Looks at How He Made It,” sending a flood of programmers over to read it. You can follow their own discussion of the article here. I’ll note again that this is just the views recorded by WordPress’ software; the actual number of views is higher. I’ll have a full report early in 2013.  But still: 8 million views. It doesn’t suck.  Thank you.
He is, of course, welcome, as a few of them came from various posts here.  Eight million is a certainly a lot of pageviews. It is an impressive number and clearly there must be a lot of Rabbit People who are fascinated by what McRapey has to say about life, the universe, and everything, or are at least interested in currying favor with the current president of the SFWA.  It will be interesting to see if his traffic continues to increase once he steps down from office.

What I found most interesting was his post about Whatever's views from previous years:

2009: 4,488, 281
2010: 5,131,194
2011: 5,409,015
2012: 8,000,000

Here is why I found it interesting about those numbers.  The combined Sitemeter pageviews for Vox Popoli and Alpha Game for 2012 were 5,023,130. (Sitemeter visits were 3,412,014).


2008: 2,713,293
2009: 3,396,001 +25.2%
2010: 3,713,218 +9.3%
2011: 4,463,247 +20.2%
2012: 5,023,130 +12.5%

Is it credible that the readership for VP+AG is actually that close to the Whatever readership?  No, I don't think so.  I think Scalzi is using the term "view" improperly and should be using "visit".  Since, like many other bloggers, he elects to hide his statistics rather than permitting Sitemeter or some other service to display them openly, it's difficult to compare apples to apples here.  Clearly some sort of scientific experiment is in order, which will require me to become president of the SFWA as well as the author of a NYT best-selling science fiction novel derived from a cancelled television show.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I'm thinking either ALF or CHiPs.

For what it's worth, Alexa has scalzi.com, which hosts Whatever, at 12,996 in the USA.  Vox Popoli is 29,426.  Alpha Game is 73,183. Which makes it very clear that in the grand scheme of things, we are all more or less irrelevant.

57 Comments:

Anonymous Cinco December 26, 2012 10:34 AM  

Firefly? Zombies in space, second only to vampires in space.

Anonymous Daniel December 26, 2012 10:39 AM  

All wrong, all wrong. Today, the first day of Kwanzaa is Umoja (Unity). The second day of Kwanzaa is Kujichagulia (Self-Determination). You don't celebrate Scalzi (Clueless Smuggery) until Friday.

Get it straight. You aren't the only one to jump the gun, though. Your new twitter lady friend apparently celebrates Scalzi every day of the year.

Anonymous jm December 26, 2012 10:40 AM  

M.A.S.H... Cheers... Duckman... The Critic...

Anonymous The other skeptic December 26, 2012 10:47 AM  

WattsUpWithThat got 36M in 2012.

Anonymous Heh December 26, 2012 10:48 AM  

Space 1999!

Thunderbirds!

Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons!

Anonymous Todi December 26, 2012 10:51 AM  

I now await the inevitable accusation that I am desperately jealous of Mr. Scalzi because his blog readership is ten times twice the size of mine.

It's not so much that, but I'm just curious how many posts this makes that are not direct responses to anything Scalzi said about you. And then I'll wait patiently for you to accuse Scalzi of stalking you...

Anonymous VD December 26, 2012 10:56 AM  

It's not so much that, but I'm just curious how many posts this makes that are not direct responses to anything Scalzi said about you.

It's all a part of my campaign plans to become SFWA Dictator-for-Life. Also, it amuses me.

Anonymous Anonymous December 26, 2012 10:59 AM  

FWIW it is impressive that with a post pushed by the entire left wing universe, a NYT best seller, and high visibility from the scifi world he could only do 2,500,00 more page views. Essentially he under-performed dramatically.

Blogger Hermit December 26, 2012 11:04 AM  

Who's the Boss?!

Anonymous Daniel December 26, 2012 11:05 AM  

Cancelled t.v. series that I would die laughing reading under the influence of Day:

7) The Facts of Life (Alpha Gamed)
6) Fantasy Island
5) Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
4) Black Adder (only 4th because it would probably read exactly like the show...)
3) Dukes of Hazzard
2) Diff'rent Strokes
1) What's Happening!!

Anonymous Orion December 26, 2012 11:08 AM  

I'd say write a continuation for Blake's Seven. An interesting series with some complex characters.

Anonymous VD December 26, 2012 11:16 AM  

FWIW it is impressive that with a post pushed by the entire left wing universe, a NYT best seller, and high visibility from the scifi world he could only do 2,500,00 more page views.

First, please select a name, any name. Second, it is interesting to ponder the fact that my book sales are relatively low compared to my readership. I think my readers tend to be more loyal than most, so my suspicion is that they span a broader audience. I suspect there a lot of people who read the blog, or the columns, and have zero interest in fantasy fiction.

Which makes sense. If you're here to read about gun control, what do you care about some novel with elves in it?

Anonymous Sun Xhu December 26, 2012 11:22 AM  

Now... if only you had written something involving were-seal romance, you'd crush him.

Blogger Res Ipsa December 26, 2012 11:34 AM  

"I'm currently trying to decide between ALF and CHiPs."

Too funny.

You should try doing MASH. That way someone can rape a nurse every other chapter.

Blogger Positive Dennis December 26, 2012 11:35 AM  

Redo Pink Lady, the singers are making a comeback.

Anonymous Noah B. December 26, 2012 11:36 AM  

You're severely handicapped by your lack of the squick factor, Vox.

Blogger John December 26, 2012 11:43 AM  

" Which makes sense. If you're here to read about gun control, what do you care about some novel with elves in it?"

That made me laugh. Firefly by VD would be something to behold. And for the record, Redshirts was a major letdown. A piece of Trek fanfic I read in junior high, "Visit to a Strange Planet Revisited" was much better.

Anonymous Stickwick December 26, 2012 11:54 AM  

... does anyone have any suggestions concerning the latter? I'm currently trying to decide between ALF and CHiPs.

Charlie's Angels, Vox-style, would be pretty amusing, if a little disturbing. But it should preferably be something sci-fi or fantasy, so I'll go with Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Anonymous Krul December 26, 2012 12:02 PM  

Power Rangers

Anonymous Boogeyman December 26, 2012 12:11 PM  

May I suggest Bonanza done as a vampire horror/drama from Hop Sing's point of view.

Anonymous Stickwick December 26, 2012 12:13 PM  

Hey, Vox, if you ever get bored with Scalzi, here's another target-rich environment: a clinical psychologist geek girl discusses the high crime of male "microaggression" in the geek world.

Anonymous WaterBoy December 26, 2012 12:23 PM  

RE: Character

Vox: "Scalzi himself knows better; he tends to denigrate the character of the readers here, rather than their quantity."

Earlier Vox: "It is impressive, and we must conclude that there are a lot of Rabbit People who are fascinated by what McRapey has to say about life, the universe, and everything, or at least a lot of people interested in currying favor with the current president of the SFWA."

Pot-Kettle.

RE: Science fiction novel derived from a cancelled television series

GalaxyQuest. You could do the novelization of the movie of the fictional television series. Or has that already been done, too?

OT: Just received the hardback of AToB on Christmas Eve. With the last of the extended family headed back home today, I will finally have some peace and quiet to begin reading it.

Anonymous DrTorch December 26, 2012 12:24 PM  

ALF or CHiPs, hmm, both acronyms. And the push for MASH follows suit. I think some sort of deconstruction of this is in order. But, I'd rather see "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" or "Family Affair."

Blogger Baloo December 26, 2012 12:30 PM  

Make it "All in the Family," and you could put Scalzi in the novel.
My blog post on Scalzi with links back to you and a couple other places here:
Scalzi's Scurrilous Silliness

Anonymous Kickass December 26, 2012 12:33 PM  

Ok, give it about three more months and Revolution will be cancelled. Mainly because it is a good story but written by a Gamma who worships women.
I would love to see your spin on that world. Instead of a millitia general crying because his boyfriend choses his family over him, I would think in your world he would blow them up.

Your agreession towards this..man must be channeled. I say overthrow his as president and commence with the plan.

What did he do to you, I must know?

Anonymous Tad December 26, 2012 12:48 PM  

@Vox Day

How about a futuristic derivative of "The West Wing"? Or an Elfy version.

And it's not so much the appearance of jealousy over blog readership, but rather of publishing success that seemed to creep in to your pursuit of Scalzi.

Anonymous Porky? December 26, 2012 12:49 PM  

Who?

Anonymous WaterBoy December 26, 2012 12:56 PM  

BTW, why didn't you include numbers from your WND articles and from Black Gate? I realize there's a lot of crossover from here to those two, as there is with AG, but page views/site visits are page views/site visits. Or are you electing to restrict it solely to personal blogs?

Anonymous VD December 26, 2012 1:11 PM  

And it's not so much the appearance of jealousy over blog readership, but rather of publishing success that seemed to creep in to your pursuit of Scalzi.

(laughs) You don't understand me at all. I would no more compare myself to Scalzi than to Stephanie Meyers, EL James, or some random author of a popular textbook. I hold myself to very different standards; I look at my own work and find it deficient in comparison to Umberto Eco, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

Tell you what. Send me an email. I will send you an ebook of ATOB, epub or mobi, as you prefer. Read it, then read Redshirts, and tell me if you still think I am envious of John Scalzi....

Or are you electing to restrict it solely to personal blogs?

Yes.

Anonymous Sam Scott December 26, 2012 1:38 PM  

Just a random note from someone whose day job is in online marketing:

Numbers of visits or pageviews or whatever is meaningless. When you have an online presence to achieve some type of business objective (not that Vox and others do), it's quality, not quantity.

Say I get 1 million visits for a client that results in $1,000 in sales versus 10,000 visits that result in $100,000 in sales. The latter is obviously better.

For various reasons that are too complicated to list here, this is why niche targeting is what works best online. It's why general-interest publications and websites fail but niche ones that target a very-specific audience (and do it well) succeed. WND -- thought I have my own issues with the content on the site -- is a good example.

I could probably get 1 million visits through spamming and black-hat SEO and whatnot -- but will those people buy anything, subscribe to an e-mail newsletter, or something similar? Doubtful. So I laugh when people (no, not Vox at all) brag about website traffic.

Just saying... OK, as you were!

Anonymous Gerd December 26, 2012 1:41 PM  

"I'm currently trying to decide between ALF and CHiPs."

I would suggest a more intense steampunk version of the Wild Wild West. The TV version and not that awful movie! Terrible!




Anonymous Daniel December 26, 2012 2:06 PM  

a more intense steampunk version of the Wild Wild West.

I believe that an important member of Vox's shadow empire and erstwhile writing partner has already successfully achieved this precise feat...

Anonymous jack December 26, 2012 2:11 PM  

n Xhu December 26, 2012 11:22 AM

Now... if only you had written something involving were-seal romance, you'd crush him.


I know you probably never would...but: consider writing, just once and for the laughs and fun it would generate, something inane along the likes of were seals [note: I have never ever read anything with were seals in it; however, if you wrote a spook not only would I buy it I would read it...cleaning up puke as needed!]

Anonymous DennisP2112 December 26, 2012 2:39 PM  

"I suspect there a lot of people who read the blog, or the columns, and have zero interest in fantasy fiction.

Which makes sense. If you're here to read about gun control, what do you care about some novel with elves in it?"


Vox, I am one of those. I enjoy reading your posts, but have yet to take the time to read any of your fantasy books. Many years ago, I read the Watership Down and the Hobbit; enjoyed both. I suspect if I took the time to read your fantasy books, I would enjoy them too.

Anonymous re allow anonymous comments December 26, 2012 2:43 PM  

again, who?

Anonymous JohnR December 26, 2012 2:57 PM  

But, I'd rather see "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"

That would give Vox a chance to have Mrs. Livingston giggle and breathe,"OH, Mr. Eddie's fatha...."

Anonymous Tad December 26, 2012 3:04 PM  

@Vox Day

(laughs) You don't understand me at all. I would no more compare myself to Scalzi than to Stephanie Meyers, EL James, or some random author of a popular textbook. I hold myself to very different standards; I look at my own work and find it deficient in comparison to Umberto Eco, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

You protest too much. It appears as it appears. Call it jealousy or envy. That's how it comes off: One author biting another that is far more successful within a similar genre. It's just sort of pitiful looking.

Anonymous Daniel December 26, 2012 3:19 PM  

Tad, your ability to evaluate properly is about as reliable as your ability to ovulate properly. It used to happen once a month, and it hasn't happened again for years.

Anonymous VD December 26, 2012 3:22 PM  

You protest too much. It appears as it appears. Call it jealousy or envy. That's how it comes off: One author biting another that is far more successful within a similar genre. It's just sort of pitiful looking.

It's very kind of you to be so concerned for me. I very much appreciate the way you have my best interests in mind. I'm ever so grateful that I have such great fans like you to prevent me from making further mistakes of this sort.

You're the best! Thanks!

Anonymous Tad December 26, 2012 3:29 PM  

@Vox Day

It's very kind of you to be so concerned for me. I very much appreciate the way you have my best interests in mind. I'm ever so grateful that I have such great fans like you to prevent me from making further mistakes of this sort.

You're the best! Thanks!


I got your back.

Anonymous They Will Not Have Died For Nothing December 26, 2012 3:59 PM  

Shutup, Tad.

Anonymous Syfy fan December 26, 2012 4:05 PM  

"Does anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking either ALF or CHiPs..."

"Space 1999" FTW!

Anonymous ridip December 26, 2012 4:18 PM  

Wow the images of Tad standing behind someone with either weapon or gun in hand claiming to have their back, truly disturbing.

Anonymous Shutup, Tad December 26, 2012 4:36 PM  

You mean as in, "This is my rifle, this is my gun..."

Anonymous ridip December 26, 2012 4:38 PM  

Shutup, the version I heard was "this is my weapon, this is my gun...", but yes.

Anonymous Beau December 26, 2012 4:39 PM  

ALF or CHiPs? Nah, do Dark Shadows, that would be epic.

Anonymous WinstonWebb December 26, 2012 5:04 PM  

StarBlazers

Anonymous Feh December 26, 2012 5:17 PM  

It's just sort of pitiful looking.

Not nearly as pitiful as the Ta(r)d who persists in flaunting his stupidity no matter how many times he is crushingly refuted.

Anonymous Kickass "The Concerned" December 26, 2012 6:15 PM  

And just to start the year off right....SHUT TAD!

@ Vox, do you really want him anywhere near your behind dude?

Anonymous Loki of Asgard December 26, 2012 7:30 PM  

It's all a part of my campaign plans to become SFWA Dictator-for-Life. Also, it amuses me.

Lo, my influence spreads. Splendid.

Anonymous zen0 December 26, 2012 9:12 PM  

Lo, my influence spreads. Splendid.

I am not sure. I still think General Zod (Kneel before Zod!)had better FX and music. The only thing missing was him saying that Superman had a "purdy mouth".

You seem to be more like a good cop. Are you and Zod in cahoots? (conspiracy theory!)

Anonymous Orville December 26, 2012 11:10 PM  

Why not try "Lost in Space" with Dr. Zachary Scalzi juggling attempts to groom young Will as his boy toy while failing in a battle of wits with Roissybot.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick December 26, 2012 11:10 PM  

If Tad has your back you better not drop the soap.

Anonymous Idle Spectator December 27, 2012 12:28 AM  

Clearly some sort of scientific experiment is in order, which will require me to become president of the SFWA as well as the author of a NYT best-selling science fiction novel derived from a cancelled television show. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking either ALF or CHiPs.

Interesting side story about ALF. Apparently Max Wright, the actor who played the father in the show, became a crack cocaine addict and also liked to pick up homeless men for group sex. You can find the story online easily.

Of course the National Enquirer is the one that published that story in 2001. On the hand they did break the John Edwards affair and Rush Limbaugh getting addicted to OxyContin after spinal surgery. I don't know.

You should try doing MASH. That way someone can rape a nurse every other chapter.

That's perfect. I'll write the screenplay. "Shhhh, quiet when the doctor is raping!"

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Anonymous zen0 December 27, 2012 4:32 AM  

Why not try "Lost in Space"

A less stupid family that was lost in space would have arranged for the Dr. character to have an unfortunate accident.

Blogger Rantor December 27, 2012 8:13 PM  

zen0,

Without Dr Smith half of their troubles would have been gone and the show would have been half as long. They would've been paid half too. Capitalism made them keep the selfish doctor. Sad.

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