Welcome back to a New Year!
After the most successful month of this blog, it is great to see many new viewers. While I did not meet my promise of 25 blogs leading up to Christmas Day, the 25 Days of Stadarooni were still a great success. Writing one blog post per day felt a tad too tiring towards the end, and my ability to write was getting fatigued as well. I still have a few ideas left over that went unused, and I definitely plan on picking up on them in the future. If you enjoyed special events like the 25 Days, that is awesome. However, I cannot make any promises and for now, I will resume the typical weekly/bi-weekly schedule from before.
Anyways, a look back at 2016.
Back in May, one of my friends had a wonderful idea that resonated very well in my mind. It was this blog, and how I love to ramble on about stories that I love. It only seemed logical that it was something that had to happen, and so on May 29th, stadarooni was created. I began with the analysis of storytelling tropes that bounced around in my head, but as you know my horizons have expanded beyond just this. Perhaps it was my laziness, but I posted two of my essays from my English class, and they went beyond a look in stories: they also told them, and sprouted from ideas.
Are big universes harmful to a story? Is emotional storytelling more important than the story itself? These are big questions I wanted to take a look at, but that was only the beginning. And yes, I do plan on making part two to a certain post on this blog…
June was the big game-changer. Sand and an Umbrella was the first post on my blog that received quite a bit of attention that was outside of my sphere, and it was also the first story I created for this blog. I like to tell my stories with the setting, detail, and more subtle devices, as you can tell from the various posts here that have left some of you confused. I like to use words to paint a picture, but this mostly works for the shorts I create here. A more traditional story is what I would love to create, with action, development, characters, and conflict. I have an idea of a story that has entertained my mind for quite some time, and all these stories are perhaps the most compassionate thing I put on this blog.
Of course, at this point, the blog changed forever. The initial idea of analysing stories became one of a few things on this blog, and even then I would say the spirit and purpose of it have shifted to a more general blog.
Later on, I left for the summer and you with several posts made by my friends. These are the only guest posts on this blog, but I can say that without their work, the blog probably would have faded into complete obscurity over the summer and it would not exist today. I have linked their posts many times before, but I am still grateful for it and guest posts are still not out of the question for the future. It is important to see this blog as a community, despite how small and insignificant it may be.
Upon my return, I decided to celebrate with Small Journeys, which was a turning point for the blog. This kickstarted a short reign of success, and then I decided to announce my expanded horizons for the fall. However, I have also learned that I should probably never make promises when that very same horizon has the word ‘school’ in it.
Now, September was not the best month for the blog, and October is the same story. There were very few posts, and even those did not receive much attention. I would call it a drought of course, but I would also call it the start of a potentially slow death of this blog. However, one of my most confusing and odd posts managed to reach below and save it, and the blog is now in a very good position and in line for future success. The 25 Days of Stadarooni proved to pull in a lot of views, and my impossible goals were achieved.
Perhaps this was not a fascinating tale, but I hope you enjoyed this look at the past.
How is this relevant to the future, you may ask? Well, there are three types of posts that I can assure will always be on the blog: stories, analysis’, and reviews/retrospects. Stories may pull in the most amount of views, and do seem to get the highest praise on this blog as well. However, reviews are an unexpected success, and I will try to make them lengthy and detailed going forward. And yes, longer than this one. For analysis’, I will not betray the initial purpose of the blog. I feel as if they are the bread and butter for it, and one of my goals is to go into more detail and try to be both broad and specific in my intent. One idea I have tried to do is to look at qualities in one story that have significance to storytelling as a whole. One change I want to make for stories is to have them more concrete and traditional in a sense, while still having the same compassion put in.
Another goal is for longer posts. This may make times between posts longer and less frequent, but I want to emphasise quality to a higher degree. Proofreading and drafts may exist, and I plan to do actual note-taking for posts as well. Also, there will be no more promises on when posts will come. I apologise, but more frequent posting is not sustainable from now on.
And with that, we come to a close for this look at my blog. Before I head out, though, I present you with some statistics throughout 2016, from May to December. Please enjoy, and I will see you later.
- Most Viewed Month: 1: December (481 views) 2: August (172 views) 3: June (157 views)
- Most Visited Month: 1: December (288 visitors) 2: August (77 visitors) 3: June (70 visitors)
- Most Liked Month: 1: December (42 likes) 2: November (16 likes) 3: August (14 likes)
Top 10 Posts by Views (and Likes)
- Halo 5: Guardians – A Look Further Into the Story – 147 views (3 likes)
- A Short Analysis of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – 79 views (0 likes)
- Halo 5: Guardians: A Review – 67 views (1 like)
- Small Journeys – 54 views (8 likes)
- Snow and a Toboggan – 37 views (5 likes)
- Sand and an Umbrella – 32 views (5 likes)
- Into the Darkness – 25 views (10 likes)
- A Story Without Words – Why Music Matters in Storytelling – 24 views (2 likes)
- Does Emotional Storytelling Outweigh Plot? – Part 1 – 22 views (1 like)
- The Flaws of Interconnected Universes – 18 views (1 like)
Top 5 Referrers to the Blog
- Facebook (231 views)
- Reddit (116 views)
- Google (47 views)
- WordPress Reader (37 views)
- Instagram (18 views) (Heh)
Top 5 Countries by Views
- Canada (739 views)
- United States (287 views)
- Denmark (54 views)
- United Kingdom (28 views)
- Austrailia (7 views)
stadarooni’s Honourable Mentions
- Best Views Ever: 135 on December 10, 2016
- Total Views for 2016: 1151 views
- Total Visitors for 2016: 610 visitors
- Total Likes for 2016: 92 likes
- Most Popular Day for 2016: Saturday (33% of views)
- Most Popular Hour of 2016: 3:00 PM (11% of views)
And with that, adios.