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 & FF.net top tens.
|title||ao3 hits||ao3 comments||kudos||bookmarks||ff.net hits||favs||reviews||wordcount||notes|
|Dust on his hands from the sky||269||1||1||4||7640||33||13||25161||Giles/Xander|
|Dreams & Memory (Art of Fugue mix)||229||5||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||2094||gen, Dr Who, Remix 2010|
|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|
"The Santa Ana Winds" is up on FF.net 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 FF.net for content reasons. Others, like the Dr Who remix, I just forgot to put up there. FF.net has very different reading tastes, however. For contrast, the FF.net top 10:
- Dust on his hands from the sky (7644 hits)
- Arms and the Man
- The Adventure of the Displaced Watcher
- Helios Hyperion
- The Elevator Problem
- Cloud Animals
- Watcher’s Child (3071 hits)
Top ten from my own fic archive:
- Blackmail (kinky BG) (1858)
- Four Nights and a Revelation (Core 4) (1717)
- Liegeman (aka Blackmail part 3) (1711)
- Tradition & Protocol (angsty BG) (1553)
- Dust on his hands from the sky (1501)
- Please (unfinished T&P short) (1330)
- Polestar (aka Blackmail part 2) (1277)
- Giles Makes Good (Core 4 story G/X followup) (1246)
- Breathing (romantic BG) (1201)
- Apples, Oranges, and Pears (GX) (1183)
- I am an obscure & unread fanfic writer.
- Nobody is reading on AO3. FF.net 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).
- FF.net readers are as averse to comments as AO3 readers. They seem slightly more likely to favorite, aka leave kudos.
- AO3 reads more slash.
- FF.net & 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.