Spotlight on … LBR in 2013

WordPress sent me the 2013 blog report, and that got me thinking about Longbox Review stats.

The Blog

Wow, the blog certainly had a banner year. I had nearly 6000 visits, which is up by over 2000 from the previous year. June saw the most hits out of the year, with June 4 being the busiest day.

Out of the 173 posts I made in 2013, only two of those (#3 & #5) made it into my top five:

  1. A Review of mycomicshop.com
  2. A Review of Discount Comic Book Service
  3. A Review of Midtown Comics
  4. A Review of Fearless Readers Online
  5. Snapshot … Robin Costumes

I’m surprised about the Robin Costumes post, but maybe there are more Robin fans out there than I thought, and that pleases me very much.

Finally, people in 74 different countries have visited the blog, with these as the top five:

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. Australia

I was pleasantly surprised to see folks from Germany were visiting, so willkommen!

The Podcast

While the blog was where I started my public display of affection for comics, the podcast is my main focus these days. 2013 was the year that I switched podcast hosts (from Podbean to LibSyn), which I did halfway through the year. So, the total downloads were over 7000 for the year, with September seeing the most traffic. The top five episodes since I did the switch are

  1. 53: Trinity War!
  2. 49: Reviews Triumvirate
  3. 50: 10 Top 5
  4. 52: Batman, Inc. #13
  5. 54: Chicken Little

I’m surprised that #2 & #5 are in the top five. You just never know what people will like.

Out of the 27 countries (since I switched to LibSyn anyway) where someone has downloaded an episode, here are the top five:

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Australia

YouTube

In March, 2013, I branched out into doing videos on YouTube–reviews, questions of the day, and other videos. I found that the YouTube comic book community is very welcoming and supportive. Of the 67 videos I posted in 2013, here are my top five most watched:

  1. Comic Cave
  2. New Comics Order: July 2013
  3. Comic Book Memories
  4. Question of the Day: How Many Issues?
  5. Question of the Day: What would you do if you lost your comic book collection?

Finally…

All in all, I had a great year in 2013. Of course, none of the above would be possible without the comics that I read throughout the year. I bought nearly 1000 titles, which averaged out to be about 81 titles per month and 18 titles per week (with the week of February 20 having the most comics in a week at 34 titles). I read a few stinkers, some mediocre books, but there were also a lot of really great comic books published in 2013. I’m so excited to see what 2014 will offer us.

I want to thank every reader, every listener, and every viewer that has consumed something branded as Longbox Review. I appreciate your support, and I look forward to interacting with you in 2014.

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