Star Trek Fan Fiction Stats
I am privileged – a lot of people read my works, and seem to like them. I keep basic statistics, and try to match them across sites. However, that’s not always possible.
Misleading Read Numbers
For sites like The G & T Show and Archer’s Angels, forum posting is the only option.
Hence each post generates a read (more like view). A thirty-chapter novel automatically gets thirty attributed reads. Editing generates at least another read. This creates misleadingly higher numbers.
On Trek United, since the forum was set to show twenty posts per page, a twenty-one-chapter novel not only generated twenty posting ‘reads’. It also generated another read every time a reader or I clicked to the following page. A twenty-two chapter work would generate twenty-four reads. This is twenty-two for the chapters and two for page flips to post the final two chapters.
Read counts also rise when Google sends out its spider bots. I did not list read counts when a story was posted in conjunction with others’ forum postings, e. g. answers to open challenges. This is because it’s impossible to tell from the read counts which story is being read, mine or someone else’s. Another issue is read counts do not show unique readers. One person reading one chapter fifty times, or one person reading fifty chapters, or fifty people reading one chapter, all show up as fifty reads.
The tables show combined postings read counts, even at sites now defunct.
Reviews are considerably more reliable. These numbers do not include comments on social sites like Twitter or Facebook. The numbers also do not include reviews, praise, or blame in emails or private messages.
These figures are offered for interest’s sake.
But they can be misleading, as high read count one-chapter quickies have higher averages. This is due to lower denominators.
In some ways, though, this helps to counterbalance the problem of jacked-up read counts, as mentioned above.
The tables have accuracy issues. However, it’s safe to claim a work with combined reads of over 1,000 is a winner, and one with over 5,000 is even better. There are a rarefied few with over 20,000 (Reversal has over 80,000; Together (over 40,000), Fortune, and Intolerance have over 30,000; and He Stays a Stranger, Temper, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, and The Three of Us are the other stories with over 20,000 reads). The love is definitely there.
Same with reviews. Readers probably like anything with ten or more reviews. Readers probably like even more when works have twenty or more reviews. They probably love works with over 130 reviews (Brown, Ceremonial, Conversations With Heroes, The Tribe, and The High Cost of Dissidence). Reversal and Gainful are the only fanfiction stories with over two hundred reviews so far. Revved Up has over two hundred reviews, but it is wholly original fiction and so is not exactly comparable. The Social Media Guide, which is also not comparable, has over 500. I guess people really love it!
I thank all readers and reviewers. Your encouragement makes me happy, your attention makes me happy, and your critiques make me a better writer. I am humbly grateful.
All Multiple Chapter Stories with at least 10,000 Combined Reads/Views and at least 30 Reviews
|Title||Review Totals||Read Totals|
|Flight of the Bluebird||58||16916|
|Hold Your Dominion||49||16357|
|More Than a Will to Live||30||18602|
|Take Back the Night||107||18360|
|The Continuing Adventures of Porthos – The Future Cat||52||11392|
|The Three of Us||36||28567|
Single Chapter Stories with at least 12,000 Combined Reads/Views and any number of Reviews
|Title||Review Totals||Read Totals|
|A Single Step||42||13132|
|Detroit Rock City||121||12146|
|If You Can’t Stand the Heat||110||14307|
|More, More, More!||106||14053|
|The High Cost of Dissidence||134||12264|
|Throwing Rocks at Looking Glass Houses||104||13008|