I’ve noticed that it’s trendy right now to say you used to be obsessed with stats, but no longer pay attention. Not me. I like stats because I like numbers. I minored in math in college. Of course I like the numbers to go up, but even when they’re going down, I like them. I like to watch them and make comparisons. I love looking at the various graphs my counters produce.
Several months ago I discussed writing reviews with spoilers. I was considering writing all non-ARC reviews with spoilers to make it easier for myself to write a more complete discussion-like review — with a spoiler warning, of course. (I do apologize to all the commenters on that post who I never answered. I was being lazy at that time and before I knew it, a month had passed and I deemed it “too late” to reply.) I never actually made a decision on whether to make the change to all-spoiler reviews. It just hasn’t happened, but I’m keeping it in mind for the future.
I do, on occasion, write reviews with spoilers though. About a month after that discussion post, I reviewed Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went in a single post. It wasn’t possible to review Where She Went without spoiling If I Stay and I had listened to the audiobooks back to back, so I went ahead and labeled it with a spoiler warning and spoiled both books.
Last month, If I Stay came out in movie theaters.
Just to compare, my page views in August were more than four times those in June and July (which were a single page view apart). That level of hits at the beginning of August was already about three times higher than usual, so the buzz — and the increased traffic to my blog — started early. I expected it to level off pretty quickly after the movie came out on August 22. The reason it stayed high, and even climbed, is because people wanted spoilers for the sequel, which I had conveniently provided for them. Even now, almost a month since the release, I’m still at that early August level.
Now obviously these aren’t the kind of hits you really want, steady followers who will return day after day or week after week. These people are never coming back to my blog again. But the two month spike was nice, especially for someone like me who likes numbers and graphs and trends. I just thought it was interesting and it gave me something else to consider in my decision on whether to write reviews with spoilers. For this one I wasn’t even thinking about the movie when I wrote my review. I don’t go to the movies — I can count on my fingers the movies I’ve seen in theaters this century and still have fingers left over — so it wasn’t even on my radar.
I can’t say that I won’t be paying attention to upcoming YA movies in the future though. I won’t read a book I’m not interested in just for the movie traffic, but I might bump a book up and get to it sooner if it’s already on my TBR and I know a movie is coming out. And I might include spoilers.
Or maybe not. I kind of want to read The Maze Runner, but I didn’t get to it in time for today’s release of the movie. I could probably squeeze it in next week and still get some additional traffic, but I’m not planning on doing that.
For those who do watch your stats, have you ever had a huge spike like this? What was the reason? How long did it take before it leveled out? Did your numbers fall back to normal or did you get some increase in your regular, daily traffic once everything calmed down?