How Far We’ve Come… (A Look Back)

It’s been about 7 or 8 months since I began writing for I Am Your Target Demographic and I thought now would be a fitting time to look back at how far we’ve come, and what you’ve missed out on. Consider this a highlights reel combined with a behind the scenes special.

As of today, I’ve had over 19,630 views on my blog. I want to thank all of you wholeheartedly that regularly read it, even though there’s no doubt some of you that I don’t know (or don’t know well) and maybe you don’t feel like you’re allowed to comment. I want you to comment. I want good discussions and opposing viewpoints, even if you might consider me a stranger.

November has been my best month so far, including the highest views-per-day I’ve ever had.

On November 18th, 2011, I had 247 views. This day was my review of Breaking Dawn.

I’ve written 96 posts on movies, music, video games, Facebook games, and even reviews of Denny’s menu items. But which ones have really garnered the most attention?

A lot of these top views consist of my Facebook game reviews (Cityville, It Girl, Dragons of Atlantis, etc). Why is that? I’m getting tons of traffic from Google, leading people who search for those games (for reviews or tips) to my blog. My most frequented blog is one focused on the Power Rangers, which has about 4,000 views. The stat that I’m most excited about is that my 2nd highest view count is my homepage, meaning that people are deliberating typing in my URL, searching for my blog in general, clicking on my blog’s homepage after being directed from a search engine, or they’ve bookmarked the site. That is extremely rewarding, knowing that it’s not ALL just random search engine traffic.

The funniest experience in regards to my Facebook reviews is this:

I reviewed a game called Dragons of Atlantis. I gave it a 1-star ranking and ended with “I quit. I’m frustrated. End of story.” Ouch.

Well, the official Dragons of Atlantis Twitter account wrote me this:

Hi! I’m sorry! I think at this point I hadn’t thought that my reviews would even be a blip on their radar. Hopefully my feedback could be used to make someone else… not that frustrated with the game? I can feel them staring at me with hatred while typing “Thanks for the horrible review!”

So at this point, I wanted to share a few special blog posts that I feel may have flew under the radar that I think you should check out.

Review of CityVille. As one of the more successful Facebook games (ever), my review focuses on the comparison of CityVille to the real evolution of human society (and I also make some jokes).

Let’s Talk About Sequels. I wrote quite a few movie reviews, but this blog featured a general look at some sequels that made the franchise stronger and some sequels that should have never (ever) been made.

Morality Vs Choice in Video Games. In this blog entry that was posted on fellow gaming blog Spawn Camp, I focus on the use of morality systems in video games (such as Infamous) and the advantage of using “choice” systems instead (such as Dragon Age: Origins). Might fly over most of your heads, but for those of you that know either of those games, you should appreciate this.

Two Worlds II Review. I don’t often get angry writing reviews, but this game caused me to lose my mind. I don’t think you need to know anything about the game to appreciate how bad it is.

And finally… Kanye West vs Eminem. Although the article garnered criticism for my lack of definition of “success,” I think it’s cool to look at hard statistics comparing the work of both men.

In Closing…

Thank you again to everyone who continually reads/comments/stalks my blog. I definitely do want to encourage those of you that don’t comment to chime in every once in awhile, even if it’s a “I also liked this movie!” I won’t think you’re a creeper, don’t worry!

So… *raises glass* Here’s to the next eight months!

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About adamryen

Entertainment. Gaming. Dreaming.
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4 Responses to How Far We’ve Come… (A Look Back)

  1. Tom Baker says:

    This is my first visit and first comment. I’m a huge movie fan so I will be checking out your blog often. Congratulations on your blog’s success.

  2. Linnea says:

    My favorites are the Denny’s reviews/commentary. I don’t have one nearby so I eat vicariously through you.

  3. Kate Wille says:

    Oh Adam, I love your blog! I even got Richard reading it. I’m glad it’s doing well and there are movies I wouldn’t consider seeing until I saw your good reviews! Keep up the good work!

  4. Daven says:

    Awesome! Also, the stuff you’ve written over at Spawn Camp has been among our most popular articles there, as well, suggesting you have a pretty good audience that follows you wherever you go 🙂

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