A long time ago in a country far, far away, I started this blog. Well, six years ago around Halloween to be precise. My first “review” was of Richard Matheson’s haunted house story Hell House (1971). I read it as a “Halloween Read.” The book was okay; my review not so much. 😅 So, to celebrate six years of blogging I thought I would write about my most-viewed posts. Andreas over at the excellent book and story review site Reiszwolf inspired this post when he wrote about achieving 100K views. Now, I’m nowhere near that number of views but when you stop and think about it, any number of views is a wonderful achievement.
A few years back, I was talking to a friend about my WordPress site. He asked me how many daily views I was getting on average. When I told him “only five or six,” he said I should drop the “only.” The fact that people I’d never met and who didn’t know me were finding and reading (maybe) my reviews was something I should be proud of. Sometimes it takes someone else to open your eyes, as it were, to make you see something from a different perspective. We should all be proud of every single view we get on our sites. I am, so thank you!
Okay, back to the topic. Here are my Top 10 most-viewed posts:
1. Impostor (1953) a short story by Philip K. Dick
2. Pyramids (1989) a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
3. The Fog Horn (1951) a short story by Ray Bradbury
4. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011) a non-fiction behemoth edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem
5. The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) a novella by Victor LaValle
6. Tracking Song (1975) a short story by Gene Wolfe
7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) a novel by Philip K. Dick
8. The Best Introduction to the Mountains (2001) an essay about J.R.R Tolkien by Gene Wolfe
9. Polaris (1918) a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
10. Mockingbird (1980) a novel by Walter Tevis
Some Number Crunching
I wrote the Impostor review in January 2018, so almost four years ago. It currently has 726 views. The most recent post is Mockingbird which I reviewed in January 2021. So far, it has 240 views. So I am still striving for the magic 1K views for a single post. My “Homepage” has almost reached 7K hits, so that’s pretty cool. The oldest posts on the list are Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Pyramids which I posted back in February 2016.
I am surprised to see that there are four short stories and only three novels in the list. Also the post about Gene Wolfe’s essay and the HUGE Exegesis of PKD. It’s a very mixed bunch of posts, which is nice to see. 😀 Philip K. Dick is my most popular author with three posts in the top 10. Gene Wolfe is next with two posts.
OK, that’s enough baring of the soul of Wakizashi’s Teahouse. Thanks so much for visiting and reading!
-Wakizashi, *still here, still typing, still wondering*