Well, I survived the New Year and I hope you did too!  2009 was the second full calendar year for the blog, and it has been doing far better than I thought it would since it’s just the meandering thoughts of some middle-aged gamer. It’s definitely been interesting and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon, short of some kind of emergency or epiphany of some kind. 

So let get right into December’s wrap up of the stats.  A very cool thing happened in December, I got a new “Busiest Day” for the blog back on December 22, with 301 views that day – due to my article about making your own Enochain Tables. Thus dethroning a day back in November 2007 when I blogged about Hellgate London’s “mini game.”  This helped to bring December up to my second best all-time month for views, at 1,566 – with Nov. ’07 still holding onto its #1 crown of 2,054 views.

Top Posts For December were:

  1. Enochian Tablets… Building Your Own with 145 views, far ahead of any other article
  2. ScreenShots with 62 views, mainly for my EVE Screenies
  3. EVE Multibox Mining with 49 views, and I may want to run an updated article about this now that I have much more experience doing this
  4. EVE 2009 with 40 views
  5. Side quests – Dragon Age with 37 views

2009 Stats

  1. Gardening Bug with 1,335 views, honestly I think it comes up in Google because some of the plants mentioned in the article are wildly popular, and people land here somewhat by mistake – oh well, maybe it will expose them to something new 🙂
  2. Enochian Tablets… Building Your Own with 994 views, This article has suddenly been gaining momentum over the past couple of months, and I would bet it becomes my number one viewed article by next year – unless I come up with something else wonderfully spectacular, LOL
  3. ScreenShots with 970 views, Everybody loves pictures – esp. when most of them are really cool spaceships!

After that there’s a huge drop-off in views to number 4 at only 427 views, which has to do with EVE Missions. In fact there’s a group of four EVE related articles in the range of 300-400 views each, and if I totalled them together it adds up to 1332 views for those EVE articles.

Over the course of the year I had a total of 10,050 views. That’s WAY up from the previous year’s 3,870.  So I’m pretty happy about that, but sets the bar at 20,100 for 2010. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up the momentum.

As for gaming in the coming year, for the short term it looks like my “Big 3” are going to remain my “go-to” games: EVE Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and Warhammer; Age of Reckoning. I’m sure I will dabble in Star Trek.  The only other games I’m closely watching aren’t likely to make it out this year; GW2 and D3. (In fact, I think both have already been officially pushed to 2011 ).

And according to “The Singularity” author, Ray Kurzweil (inventer of the most advanced keyboard ever! among other things), we should see AI “for reals” late in this decade. So that should be quite exciting, or scary, or both 😀  “You shall be assimilated!” Oh wait, that part doesn’t happen until sometime between 2030 and 2050…

I hope 2010 finds us all in better circumstances than before – Enjoy!