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Ponies, Pageviews, and Praise

I want to get this post out of the way before I move on to the other things that are important to the blog today, like the next edition of IFL Theater (and applying for a job in Jacksonville, IL).  Once again, this is not a post about the leagues itself, but just a recap of everything that happened on this blog yesterday.  Some background information will be revealed too.  If it seems like that I’m way too excited about everything that happened to the blog yesterday, in terms of traffic and visits, then you’re right.  But this should explain why I felt proud, and, in some cases, have to defend it.

Yesterday, the IFL blog received the most pageviews ever in a day.  Here’s a breakdown of the stats that I quickly found:

  • The final tally was 746 pageviews.  That’s 5 more than the entire history of the time the blog was on Blogspot (March-October 2010).  More technical, 75 more views since I added up all the views on Blogspot before November 2010.  That amount is also higher than the pageviews gained from October 2010 to March 2011 combined, and over half of the pageviews in April.  Granted, some of visits before yesterday came from spammers, but yesterday was all legit.
  • Taking away the views from today (151 as of 7:50 A.M., another impressive feat), the total number that the blog has gained on WordPress is 1880 views.  That means that yesterday’s views accounted for 39.6% of the entire history of the blog.
  • All of this was possible, thanks to the help of Equestria Daily, who posted last week’s IFL Theater on their blog.  All of that is explained here.  The clicks to the blog that came from that site, accounted for 545 of the pageviews.

So now that the statistical breakdown (which technically is the point of this blog) is complete, time to hand out praise and thanks for yesterday.

  • Background story; I was the one that submitted IFL Theater to ED.  For those that do not know what ED is, it’s a blog that gathers and displays fanworks from the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  As MLP:FiM is my new cartoon obsession, I submitted it to Sethisto at ED and see if it would qualify to be part of their blog.  They accepted it a few days later, and posted it yesterday morning.  I am grateful for the chance to have IFL Theater as part of the fandom.  Although ponies will not be featured on every future IFL Theater, last week was not their last appearance.
  • To the people who visited from Equestria Daily; I thank you so very much.  I enjoyed reading the 28 comments (numbers I can only dream of here); which ranged from how much you enjoyed it, to what the hell they just read, to explaining where the original inspiration for the story came from.  You even gave it 4 out of 5 stars on the site.  Though, no one suggested anything to changing my team name, so the Muse Academy Muses survive (now to just come back this week).  ED bronies are always welcome here.
  • To the people at 4chan that discovered the post and started a thread about the ‘bulls***’; thank you too for stopping by.  Your response to that edition of IFL Theater was better than I expected.  Stop by in the future and join a league or two.  Though, I’m surprised I haven’t seen a post about this yet on Ponychan.  Eh.

To summarize; yesterday nuked previous pageview records, your commissioner loves My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the ponies will be back in future IFL Theaters, everyone that come to visit the page is loved.  Thank you again to everyone who made yesterday at the Illinois Fantasy Leagues blog a historic one!

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