Oh noes! A highly unrigorous look at essentially incomparable numbers.

Meme of the day: Find your stories on an archive that does hit counting. Look at the top 10 and observe any patterns. firefly124 did this and I found the exercise interesting, though the patterns I noticed are different from hers because my writing habits are quite different. I'm essentially mono-fannish, for instance. Anyway, here are my AO3 & top tens.

title ao3 hits ao3 comments kudos bookmarks hits favs reviews wordcount notes
Dust on his hands from the sky 269 1 1 4 7640 33 13 25161 Giles/Xander
The Wight 258 0 7 7 612 15 2 15127 Giles/Xander
Dreams & Memory (Art of Fugue mix) 229 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a 2094 gen, Dr Who, Remix 2010
Breaking Glass 224 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a 9817 Giles/Ethan
Arms and the Man 219 1 13 6 7154 22 16 47998 Giles/Buffy
Professor G's Uncanny Scoobies #1 165 1 7 2 954 21 3 11853 Giles/Xander
The Santa Ana Winds 161 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 2424 Giles/Buffy
Helios Hyperion 149 0 2 0 4240 14 7 4121 Giles/Buffy
Sparks 143 0 0 0 1253 15 3 4250 Giles/Xander
Thusia 136 0 1 1 n/a n/a n/a 20246 Giles/Buffy

"The Santa Ana Winds" is up on but it's part of the Helios Hyperion series so its hits are counted there instead. Some stories, like “Thusia”, I chose not to put up on for content reasons. Others, like the Dr Who remix, I just forgot to put up there. has very different reading tastes, however. For contrast, the top 10:

  1. Dust on his hands from the sky (7644 hits)
  2. Arms and the Man
  3. The Adventure of the Displaced Watcher
  4. Legacies
  5. Breathing
  6. Helios Hyperion
  7. The Elevator Problem
  8. Cloud Animals
  9. Reconnection
  10. Watcher’s Child (3071 hits)

Top ten from my own fic archive:

  1. Blackmail (kinky BG) (1858)
  2. Four Nights and a Revelation (Core 4) (1717)
  3. Liegeman (aka Blackmail part 3) (1711)
  4. Tradition & Protocol (angsty BG) (1553)
  5. Dust on his hands from the sky (1501)
  6. Please (unfinished T&P short) (1330)
  7. Polestar (aka Blackmail part 2) (1277)
  8. Giles Makes Good (Core 4 story G/X followup) (1246)
  9. Breathing (romantic BG) (1201)
  10. Apples, Oranges, and Pears (GX) (1183)


  • I am an obscure & unread fanfic writer.
  • Nobody is reading on AO3. has an order of magnitude more traffic. Hell, my static website has more traffic.
  • Remix can get an obscure 2nd Doctor gen story some readers, but it can't get a Buffyverse remix readers (that was one of my least-read stories).
  • readers are as averse to comments as AO3 readers. They seem slightly more likely to favorite, aka leave kudos.
  • AO3 reads more slash.
  • & my archive readers prefer Giles/Buffy.
  • Everybody likes Giles/Xander angst.
  • I should post more stuff on AO3 just because it's a stable archive, even though nobody is reading. Such as "The Elevator Problem" and the kinky Giles/Buffy.
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I am also an obscure and unread fic writer -- I'm putting my stats together in a list that looks kind of like yours. I'm also tracking individual fandoms, mostly for the fun/geekyness of it.
I am so very nearly mono-fannish that tracking across fandoms is silly. But man, those numbers are tiny. I hear there are people who sneeze out drabbles in the mega fandoms and get more 7 pagefuls of comments. (Warning: some exaggeration possible.)
I woke up in a Soho doorway / the policeman knew my name
he said you can go sleep at home tonight / if you can get up and walk away
tell me, who are you? / cause I really wanna know
Nobody is reading on AO3.

That really depends on the fandom. For some reason Buffyverse gets absolutely no hits there, whereas smaller fandoms get loads of hits (and kudos). I get more hits on my really bad X-Files fic on AO3 than I get on my new Buffy fic (and I get at least one kudos or comments to a The Mentalist fic on AO3 pretty much every day).
I find it annoying to read a story on a site that doesn't allow me to read other readers' comments. [Yes, I'm nosy, but I also like to see whether my reactions are similar.] As for the "kudo" and "fave" buttons, IMO they're for lazy people who can't be bothered to even say a couple of words ("Good read. Thanks.").

I've also gotten the impression that AO3 isn't for reading (?!?) but simply for safe archiving.