Important Info and A Weekly Preview

The A to Z list is live. We’re #96. Use this link to register. Official announcement on Thursday.

According to this post, registration for the Blogging A to Z April Challenge opens tomorrow. I do not know what hour of the day the list goes live. If you have already decided to take the plunge, keep your eye on the it and get in as early as you can.

This is my personal surivor badge. Sourcerer needs one of these.

This is my personal survivor badge. Sourcerer needs one of these.

Our schedule is here and every day is taken. We will not announce the actual topics until it’s time for the reveal. You’ll notice V is reserved for a mystery blogger and Y is “taken care of.” Those letters will remain as-is until reveal day. I will have an official announcement later this week once I register and see where we land on the list.

Here’s the preview for this week. I won’t do these every week, but we are still in a state of transition, and we have a couple of posts coming this week that are a little out-of-the-ordinary. You’ll not want to miss either.

  • Monday – A guest post on Star Wars and Fandom from the incomparable Natacha Guyot.
  • Tuesday – David brings you some thoughts on Agents of Shield, since there was no Agent Carter last week. [Edited, because we just realized this a few minutes ago. We are some Hulu- and on-demand-watching geeks.]
  • Wednesday – The first of a series on the Planescape: Torment video game from Will.
  • Thursday – The official A to Z Announcement.
  • Friday – Melissa blogs this week’s episode of Arrow.
  • Saturday – Weekend Music.
Arrr, Mateys!

Arrrr!

The first round of Feminist Friday discussions starts this week at Part Time Monster. The post is written and the spring schedule is here.

Next week, we kick off a seven-part series from Rose B. Fischer on a couple of animated series most of you are sure to remember. Rose’s series will run twice a month.

See you later for #SundayBlogShare on Twitter!

Sourcerer: Now With 20% More Contributors!

Here’s a preview of the next week of blogging here. This is the beginning of our return to form. We’re far enough ahead with content now that once the networking stuff I’ve been doing these last few weeks settles down a bit, we should be set for a nice, long run of blogging to carry us into the spring.2015_free_wallpaper

Rebecca Bradley‘s first crime book review runs on Monday. You do not want to miss it, especially if you are one of those friends who remember when I was trying to make the personal blog about books and writing. You will love Rebecca’s reviews.

David will bring you an Agent Carter post on Tuesday. We still haven’t decided whether we want to call them recaps or reviews. We may take a page out of Luther’s playbook and call them both. You should know David and Holly, and their fabulous blog Comparative Geeks by now. At this point, they truly need no introduction.

Arrow-arrow-cw-fanpopMelissa Barker-Simpson has a delicious review of the mid-season finale of Arrow to run on Wednesday before the U.S. premiere. Melissa’s a friend, and I don’t know which of us is more excited about the fact that ARROW IS BEING BLOGGED AT SOURCERER. There is much awesomeness to be had here.

Diana of Part Time Monster fame, who is also my sister if you are just joining us, will wrap up the season of American Horror Story on Thursday. But not to worry. She’s already thinking about Penny Dreadful. She will be back.

On Friday, Melissa returns with a review of this week’s episode of Arrow.sourcerer

Weekend music on Saturday. There will be Tuesday Texture and a Wordless Wednesday as will. Then we do it all over again only with Will on Wednesdays and light blogging on Thursdays for a couple of weeks.

What do you think? Sound like a blog you might want to keep on your radar? 😉

2014 Review, with Blogwanking

Since Luther and Sabina discussed their latest stats recently, I pulled a few of mine this morning. A lot of the info I usually talk about in these posts — top referrers, most popular posts, etc. — is covered in the annual reports, which I made public earlier today. In this post, I’m looking at how we did for traffic this quarter and how well we’ve accomplished our 2014 goals.

First, let’s take a look at Sourcerer’s month.

Sourcerer_December_2014The big spike on December 12 represents 118 views and 79 visitors. That was a Friday. We ran an American Horror Story review and I announced the redesign. I’m surprised we didn’t take a bigger hit the last two weeks of the month. We even managed 42 views and 30 visitors on Christmas Day despite the fact that I forgot to tag my Christmas post.

I’m satisfied with our best ever day, total views, and comments. I’d certainly take more, but they are better than I thought they’d be at this point. I am especially pleased at our views-to-comments ratio, even when I account for the fact that almost half of those comments are responses from the authors of our posts.

Now our monthly views and daily averages since we started.

Sourcerer_Monthly_2014_12_30Our overall daily average hasn’t changed since last quarter, so that number has been rock solid for almost six months. Let’s take a stroll through the year.

  • The massive January-over-December increase is not repeatable. We debuted our first four contributors last January. We also had a string of good luck that amounted to being struck by lightning three times in three weeks.
  • However, given where we are now, 3,500 page views in January is doable if we can get rolling early enough in the month.
  • I expect February though May to improve this year. We have a more solid contributor base, tons more friends, and an all-around better blog than we did last spring.
  • June, our best month, was not a matter of luck. That was a solid 30-day run of good blogging and it was our first good month for search traffic. We can do that again any time we can get the blog firing on all cylinders, pick the right topics to blog about, and sustain it for a month.
  • July and August only came out so well because I overextended myself. That won’t happen again, because you see the price we paid for it in September.
  • I’m surprised we held up so well in November and December, especially given that both David and I went on vacation and ended up down sick for nearly a month each. We have Luther, Diana, Will, and Google to thank for those numbers.
  • As I read the last quarter, if I am left to my own devices and have two or three top-notch contributors, this blog is good for 2,000 views per month just for posting every day. Obviously, more contributors, popular topics, and me having the time to do a lot of networking improves the numbers.

Just for the sake of comparison, here are Part Time Monster’s monthly totals and daily averages for the same period. The Monster is at 31,000 views and 5,126 comments as of this writing. Sourcerer is still keeping pace, and the Monster’s view-to-comment ratio is even better than ours.

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First Impression – Dragon Age: Inquisition… but mostly Dragon Age Keep

Just putting this here to welcome CompGeeks back from vacation, and because I love me some reviews.

Comparative Geeks

Hi all! (Will get to Dragon Age in just a couple paragraphs…) Good to be back from vacation. We had a fun time, but it was a long time and it’s good to be home. We tried to keep up on comments over time, so hopefully we didn’t miss any – let me know in the comments below if you’re looking to hear from us about something!

Also a thank you to our guest posts last week – two from Comparative Geeks guest-bloggers AC Powers, about ethics in medicine research, and about gaming immersion. Then a guest post from a new guest here, Hannah Givens from the excellent blog Things Matter. She wrote about Ms. Marvel, which I read the first volume of while traveling – great stuff, and great post!

Dragon Age InquisitionThe thing I was most excited about with coming home was Dragon Age: Inquisition

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