Monday, April 03, 2006

March Top Ten

Here are the ten stories that received the most page views in March:

1. Pornography by Steve Almond (Issue 9)
2. Prey by Myfanwy Collins (Issue 12)
3. Voodoo by Gary Cadwallader (Issue 12)
4. The Rest of Your Life by Sarah Leavitt (Issue 12)
5. Forks in the Road by Eve Abrams (Issue 11)
6. Axl Rose Is My Dog by Scott Ford (Issue 7)
7. Friendship/Love by Ania Vesenny (Issue 12)
8. Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub by Jeff Landon (Issue 10)
9. Everybody in Holland Is Mad at Me by Andrew Tibbetts (Issue 12)
10. The Cellist by Antonios Maltezos (Issue 12)

The most interesting of these, to me, is the piece by Scott Ford. Issue 7 came out on December 15, 2004! Scott's piece was featured prominently on StoryGlossia last month, and it drew a fair number of readers. Steve Almond's piece was also featured, which helped bump its already impressive totals that much higher. This is another great example of the power of online lit mags and their ability to draw readers to stories well after they were initially published. Because they're archived and easy to find, stories are often "discovered" long after they were published. Print mags, as much as I love them for other reasons, just can't do this.

Also, it's interesting how quickly pieces garner attention once they've been published. Issue 12 was published on March 15, so all the stories within were viewable for only half a month. Like print mags, it's important for online pubs to maintain regular publishing schedules so that their readerships know when to find new content.


At 5:49 AM, Blogger Myfanwy Collins said...

Stats! You know how I love me some stats! I'm tickled to have the #2 story. :) :) :)

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Mike Young said...

Awww. I like many of those stories, but I remember the list you posted on ZT's flash fic board. That list made me feel immense.

Oh well. I still love SL.


At 4:37 AM, Blogger Dave Clapper said...

I guess those couple extra days were the final push for another piece from issue 12. I shoulda done a "this one goes to 11" list.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Don't feel bad, Mike. That was me clicking on my story every five minutes. It worked!


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