The clock on my computer says 7:18 p.m. and I am either A) putting on my tuxedo getting ready to go to a high-society masquerade party or B) watching Team Unizoomi in my pajamas with my children reading my WordPress year in review web statistics email. I spent countless weekends perfecting my Odo mask for the Northern Colorado Trekkies Association’s annual masquerade party only to be un-invited after making an ill-received joke at their Christmas party that Scott Backula was doing great as the star of “American Restoration.” Needless to say, 2012 turned out to be yet another year I didn’t get invited to a masquerade party.
For those readers who prefer visual references, here is Odo, the security chief in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
Scott Backlua in Star Trek: Enterprise:
And Rick Dale from the History Channel’s “American Restoration.”
So, getting back to my web stats for my newfunny.com website, I am happy to report my blog received roughly 17,000 page views this year. If you don’t believe me, anyone can check out my stats page at:
While I’m very happy with the results, there are a few situations that seem to have inflated these numbers a bit. One of the biggest reasons people come to my website is because if you are looking on Google for images of The Dukes of Hazzard one of the images from my website shows up on the first page of the search. I don’t know how many people that click on the image actually stay to read the story, but it is one of my favorite stories that uses a popular television show to demonstrate the abuse of power from the war on drugs. I know, it sounds really serious, but it is funny too.
Another reason I’m getting more page views is because I wrote about the movies “Zach and Miri Make a Porno” and “Orgazmo” and now people who search for porn movies get sent to my website instead. I’m sure I’m only getting 0.000000001% of the porn traffic, so I don’t think the porn industry really needs to view me as a threat.
Rounding out the top five stories on my website are my Sci-fi themed wedding invitations (which we did actually send out to everyone) and my Sci-fi themed thank you letters (which Katherine wouldn’t let me send out).
While I didn’t make any big changes to the layout of the website this year, I did find a nice plug-in that shows a list of the most popular stories on the upper right hand side of the page. I’m still disappointed that my Iron Chef Amsterdam story and the UPS/Lord of the Rings story aren’t at the top of the list. If I was a little more motivated I would go into the WordPress database and rig it so they showed up higher. But I guess the public has spoken.
So that about wraps it up for this year. And my resolution for 2013 is to finally get invited to a masquerade party. Sci-fi themed or otherwise.