One of the many great things about having a blog on wordpress is the Blog Stats section that allows you to track everything from daily views and incoming links to search engine terms and referrers. And, I just discovered this weekend, if you click on the Top Posts & Pages header, you’ll be directed to a list of every one of your posts ranked according to the traffic it has received to date.
So what, according to wordpress, has been my most popular entry of all time? The breakdown of the Atlantis season that might-have-been in my An AU Season 6! entry? The Amanda Tapping Q&A? That Long Overdue Rant?
Guess again. Here are my top ten most popular posts to date:
10. September 21, 2008: The Wrap Party!: After five fabulous years, the cast and crew closed the book on Stargate: Atlantis with a final wrap party that featured blackjack, fantastic fashion, and a chocolate replica of Atlantis itself.
9. August 21, 2008: All Good Things…: Seeing about 20% more traffic than entry #10 was my farewell to Atlantis, a bittersweet entry written on the heels of the official announcement that the show would not be returning for a sixth season.
8. April 26, 2009: The Best Chocolate Party: Last year’s chocolate party – and, perhaps not so coincidentally, the first group sneak peek at the new Stargate: Universe cast – comes in at #8.
7. August 23, 2008: Questions, Answers, Guests, and Pics!: Actress Dawn Olivieri does a guest spot on the show and, more importantly this blog – scrapping with Jason Momoa and even using his guitar as a weapon. The entry is dedicated to more post-Atlantis-cancellation fall-out, and thank-you’s.
6. September 30, 2008: An AU Season 6!: So IF Atlantis had received that sixth season pick-up, what kind of stories could we have looked forward to? Well, something like the notions listed in this flash-sideways entry…
5. May 3, 2009: Transforming Stage 5 From Stargate Command to Icarus Base: Occupying the fifth spot is our stroll through the corridors of what was once Stargate Command. The SG-1 gate room, control room, and briefing room are no more, the spaces they once occupied in the midst of a transformation that will see them become the SGU premiere’s Icarus Base.
4. January 2, 2009: Brad Wright Answers Your Questions: The man who co-created Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, and was showrunner for much of the franchise’s amazing 11+ year run fields some fan queries.
3. October 31, 2009: That Long Overdue Rant: Given the online buzz and the ensuing furor it received, I figured this entry would have occupied the #1 spot – but, surprisingly, it only received roughly half the traffic of the #2 entry…
2. September 5, 2009: Dinner with Ivon and Brian! Julia Benson! Braving the Tokyo subway system!: At first glance, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what made this post so popular. Was it the snaps of our dinner at Quattro? A sneak peek at SGU’s Lieutenant Vanessa James played by Julia Benson? Or was it all those Ivon Bartok fanatics checking out their favorite guy? Well, the entry that came in at #1 gave me the answer…
1. October 22, 2009: Julia Benson! Jennifer Spence! Birthday Swag! The Weird Food Purchase of the Day!: Granted, this entry had a bit of everything – Carl, pretty actresses, a video of me sampling one of the hottest hot sauces out there, a picture of the bacon-chocolate chip cookies sent in by a fan – but what the hell made it so damn popular? Well, if you compare and contrast the entries occupying the top two slots, you’ll notice one like variable: Julia Benson. Cross-reference that with the top three Search Engine Terms used to reach my blog –
3. “joe mallozzi”: Makes sense.
2. “joseph mallozzi”: Makes even more sense given that that’s how I’m credited onscreen.
1. “julia benson”: Garnering about twice as many searches as “joseph mallozzi”.
What does this tell us? Well, it tells us that there are a lot of fans of strong, military women out there. What else would it tell us?
It also tells us that it’s high time I invited actress Julia Benson to guest here and answer some fan question in her very own Q&A.
So if you’ve got questions for the Julia, start posting!
And between coming up with questions for Julia and dissecting the last episode of SGU, I urge you to find the time to read two of our upcoming book of the month club selections:
Finally, Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok passed this one along. If you failed to check out SGU’s season premiere, Air I, here’s what you missed:
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday gals Chevron7, Lis and Sarah Lee!