Site Update: 22 December 2018
Site Update: 5 January 2019
It’s been a strange year, but a good one for the site. I’m proud of the writing I’ve done, and the site has attracted a slate of talented new writers to join the much-valued contributors I’d been fortunate enough to have on board already. Readership has been steadily growing; the unique-view page counter built into the story pages has climbed from around 200,000 views a month in January (down slightly from 2017) to around 325,000 a month in October, November, and December. As of the last update we also passed another kind of milestone: over 4,000 story chapters, across 1,327 stories. (More site statistics can be seen here.) Fundamentally Metabods remains, from my point of view, first and foremost an outlet for my own writing, but it means a lot to me to be able to provide a safe place for stories about men who exceed the confines of mundane reality.
Now, to the lists. For the most popular list, I wanted to show which stories were popular with lots of readers, so while I ranked the stories by page view count per story in 2018 I also factored in the diversity of IP addresses to a small extent. This had the effect of slightly lowering the ranking of certain stories, like “Medicine Show” for example, whose high page views come from primarily from the same happy visitors. This should result in a list that more directly shows actual popularity with site visitors as a whole this year. IP addresses that were banned for abuse of the star rating system were excluded.
The results aren’t too surprising at the top, in that the highest-ranked stories are ones that are both well-written and updated several times throughout the year, bringing people back for fresh chapters. At presstime the total number of nonbanned story views in 2018 was 2,843,059, which means that “All Good Things”, for example, got 1.3% of all the story views this year. Further down there are some sleepers, though, that hadn’t really been on my radar but that have had a broad and loyal viewership this year. To all the authors, well done, and to the readers, I’m so glad you found stuff you enjoyed on my site.
Am I shocked, or miffed, that my own stories didn’t dominate the rankings? Not at all. I tend to rotate my attention. It turns out I wrote 56 chapters this year across 37 stories; if I return to a story it tends to be months or years later, but the ones I did return to more than once in 2018, such as the bimonthly commission “Love/Shift”, do surface higher for this list. All told I have 174 stories on the viewership list for 2018, accounting for about 12% of the total story views.
For the highest-rated list, I combined the average star ranking for votes cast in 2018 in a weighted formula with the number of votes, to reward the stories that have attracted a large number of positive votes. Again, banned IP addresses were excluded, as were stories with 5 or fewer votes in 2018.
In the list below, the stars reflect only 2018 votes.
Explore the lists, browse the site, search for what you like by tag and keyword, and don’t forget to upvote and comment on your favorite stories—it really does help the authors.
I hope for, and wish you all, a safe and happy 2019. The next update will be in the new year, on 5 January. In the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the site!
Posted: 27 December 2018 •
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