At some point (OK, November 11, 2011, to be precise) I turned on Google Analytics for the Strange Assembly website. This gives me a vast trove of data that, frankly, I have no particular use for, and probably wouldn’t know how to use anyway. I find it at least mildly interesting, however, to see where the website’s visitors are from, and I thought you might be interested as well – who are you, gentle reader? And what do you want?
Well, most of you are from the United States, but not a big majority – 56%. Given the English-language nature of the website content, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that #2 and #3 are Canada and the United Kingdom. After that, however, we get our multilingual audience – because, thankfully, the world is much better at understanding me than I am of understanding it (I took Russian in high school and college; I was really, really bad at it):
8 ) Australia (no multi-lingual props for you!)
But what about a more narrow view? Apparently I can see visits by city, too:
1) Duluth (a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia)
2) Apex (a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina)
3) Makati (Philippines)
5) Oklahoma City
8 ) Singapore
10) San Francisco
What web browser do you use? Firefox, Chrome, Safari – poor Internet Explorer is a distant fourth.
And what do you like to look at when you’re here (let’s go back a little further in time that Google lets me do on this one)? First of all, previews. Unsurprisingly, the best way to get L5R players clicking away (and most of our readers are L5R players, even if they also play other things) is to offer to show them pictures of pieces of cardboard they haven’t seen before. Six of the ten top individual pages are previews. Of course, this leaves the top ten I’m going to list relatively decklist heavy:
1) Emperor Edition Decklists #1
2) Emperor Edition Decklists #3
3) Emperor Edition Decklists #2 (Atlanta Kotei Ediiton)
4) Review: Rites of Battle (Deathwatch RPG)
5) Emperor Edition Decklists #4
6) War of Honor – A Look Back At Samurai Arc (Part 1)
7) Three Things To Expect In Early Emperor Edition
8 ) On the Cheap – Crane Honor
9) Episode 033 – GenCon 2011 L5R Story Team Interview
10) Kitsuki Honor in the Emperor Edition Environment
And, to confirm – yes, our most-clicked content that isn’t a preview or a collection of decklists is not L5R-related. The ST interview is also a noteworthy inclusion because the vast majority of our podcast downloads come from subscriptions and/or the Podcast page, not from people clicking on the individual episode post. And three articles that I didn’t have to write!
This list also tells me depressing things like how, it would seem, none of you care what I think (well, at least as not as many as those of you who are interested in more in-depth content). Oh, the humanity.