Though retrospectives of 2020 itself may not be exactly welcome in all quarters, I am proud to review the year in Metabods. It’s been a strong year for the site, with yet another a new crop of talented, envelope-pushing writers joining the site and adding in their stories alongside authors who’ve been bringing us about hot guys made hotter for years. The site boasts over 1,700 stories and over 5,000 story chapters from 500-plus authors. The number of story views is averaging around 12,500 per day and 350,000 per month, sometimes spiking over 400,000. What that means to me is lots of smiling faces sharing stories you might not find someplace else: that’s what I’m here for.
I’m very happy with my own writing this year, and the overhaul of the site coding and design that I instituted in October, slashing page load times and simplifying the look and feel of the site. My involvement with Metabods, as a writer, a coder, and an editor, is important and gratifying enough for me that the change of year comes with two important experiments. First, I’m commemorating five solid years of regular, biweekly updates by shifting to a new weekly schedule, with new stories by me and by site contributors posted every Saturday. Second, I’m trying out direct commissions by PayPal alongside the tiered monthly patronage on Patreon. I don’t know if these innovations will last long enough for me to be still doing them by the next year-end review. I have a real life, too, and occasionally the time I make for Metabods and the time required by my other careers conflict. I might have to go back to the old system. But I want to give it a shot. Knowing there’s new stuff every week removes that “Is it an update week?” question visitors sometimes ask when they’re thinking about the site, and may increase exposure to new visitors who’d appreciate knowing a site like this exists. It may also even out my own personal weekly routines; I’ll have to see how that goes.
As I did for 2018 and 2019, I’ve put together lists of the top stories on the site in 2020 according to the votes and views received during the last 12 months, which are shown below. There aren’t too many surprises, so think of it as a Golden Globes where you already know who’s been talked about so much they’re bound to be up on stage with a goofy smile and a weird-looking tux.