The Year In Review For SWPAS

So I got my annual report from WordPress on how many people are reading this site, which were my most popular posts, and from where all of you hail.

The most read post of 2014 was the Open Thread: Teaser Reax on November 28. My second-most popular post was from 2013! It was about the technical issues with the Clone Wars S5 Blu-Ray. Go figure. The rest were one of my Undeniable Facts About ROTS, my post about Anakin and Padmé from March, and l’affaire Whitta from May.

The U.S.A. ranked first in the amount of eyeballs…107,861 views. ‘Murica!! I’m also popular in Canada, the UK, Mexico, France, Brazil, Spain, Germany, and…Slovokia (though I have a fair number of views throughout Europe).

On the Asian/Pacific/Indian front, Australia comes in first with Malaysia in second. I’ll have to do better to break into the Chinese market in 2015 since I don’t have much of a readership there.

Then there are the surprising locations, given that these are places in the middle of war zones, places not exactly known for their freedom, or that wouldn’t have a lot of access to/influence from Western pop culture. It’s possible they are Western readers who are in the military or doing gigs as aid workers, teachers, etc.. But I’m still amazed there’s somebody in Mongolia, Iraq, Burma (aka Myanmar), and Cuba who’s tuning in.

Finally, the #1 commenter is Adam. M. Marshall, lovelucas, PrinceOfNaboo, and Tarrlok round out the top five.

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14 Responses to “The Year In Review For SWPAS”

  1. Tony Ferris Says:

    I don’t post that much anymore, but I do still pay attention. Keep up the good work. It is appreciated.

    And have a happy 2015. 🙂

  2. Jim Raynor Says:

    Congratulations on those numbers. Don’t know if you care, but your blog’s view counts for the year are way, way higher than those of most threads on TheForce.net’s forums. Those are the biggest Star Wars forums that I know of. Your views are less than the viewcounts on TFN’s Episode 7 subforum, but that’s to be expected.

    Bottom line either being that a lot of people are reading this blog, or that the “big” forums really aren’t that big. Most forums are dwarfed by TFN. The vocal people who express their negativity in places like those really don’t represent the fandom as much as they think they do.

    Happy New Year!

  3. peacetrainjedi Says:

    Happy New Year LP and all who frequent this haven for Star Wars fans! Just keep on being awesome and doing what you do. I’m sure 2015 and the years that follow will see this site gain even more views as we enter a new era for Star Wars. The Road goes ever on and on…

  4. M. Marshall Says:

    Congrats, LP! And with the U.S. opening up relations with Cuba, you might get more readers in the future…for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these, will affect you…in the future.

    And congratulations to those commenters who’re in the top 5, yay me!

  5. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    Really? Me? And I felt guilty for slipping.

    Happy New Year and May the Force be with us all!

  6. Hunk a Junk Says:

    Happy New Year, LP. Keep up the good fight. One saga. One story.

  7. Tarrlok Says:

    A million more views well on the way, hopefully.

    The weeks leading up to the release of TFA might cause there to be another surge in readership. People whose casual SW fandom has been dormant since 2005 might find themselves a bit nostalgic.

    Have you got anything planned for the 10 year anniversary of ROTS’s release?

  8. Boba's Vette Says:

    So glad to hear this site is getting so much attention. If only your news and postings were shown more (if ever) when searching for “Star Wars” in Google rather than getting a bevy of snarky media types who seem to live off of bashing the prequels in any given Star Wars story, and pretending they are the voice of Star Wars fans. Coming here always makes me feel good. Keep up the great work!

  9. Stefan Kraft Says:

    Happy New Year everyone!
    I have just discovered that Rebel Force Radio has finished the audio commentary for ROTS, i.e. all 6 films have been covered by now. Since the producers state ” If you are looking for a prequel-bashing hate fest, go somewhere else. Sam always brings incredible insight whenever we get together to watch a Star Wars flick and our discussions always have elements of discovery, enlightenment, and on occasion, shock!”, it is certainly worth checking out. Has anyone already listened to the commentaries?
    http://www.shotglassdigital.com/artist/commentaries-with-sam-witwer/

    • Wizardman Says:

      I’ve listened to all of them so far. Love them, aside from Witwer’s insistence that new viewers shouldn’t start the Saga with Episode I; TPM has everything you need to understand and get into the SW universe. I recently got my mother to watch the Saga with me — we started with Episode I and she understood it perfectly and rushed through the films in a couple of days. That’s saying a lot since she often has trouble keeping up with movies. 😛

      I’ll get to the ROTS in the next couple of days. Can’t wait. 🙂

      • Stefan Kraft Says:

        Thanks for your reply, Wizardman.
        Well, if I would introduce someone to SW who does not know anything about it, I would probably go for Ep. 4 – 5 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 6 (the PT as a prolonged flashback after the big reveal). Afterwards, I would encourage to watch the episodes in chronological order. There is the SW Ring Theory after all. (BTW LP, you could link to Mike Klimo’s great essay, it is missing in the link section.)
        On the other hand, the chronological order probably works also for first-time viewers.

  10. Wizardman Says:

    I appreciate everything you do here, lazypadawan. More people need to speak up for these films and the people who worked on them and the people who love them.

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