Longtime readers may already have realized this, but the blog was different this year than it has been in the past. I made a conscious effort to write less D&D and less fantasy in general and to spend less time promoting my fiction, and I spent more time talking about the news and Army Football. As a result, average readership per post went up by 25% to 50%. Total readership, however, has been substantially lower. To put that another way, I had quite a few more regular readers in 2016, but the blog is now much less appealing to strangers. Readership on this blog has always been governed by the 80/20 Rule, i.e. 80% of our readers come for just 20% of our posts, but since the most widely read posts have uniformly been Dungeons & Dragons posts, doing less D&D has hit my bottom line.
|It's a picture from 2 years ago, but still one of our favorites.|
2016 top ten posts are listed below. These are not necessarily the ten most widely read posts of the year. Instead, they are my favorites, and in many cases the most successful examples of various ideas I tried in 2016. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many readers each post earned.