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What’s popular on Fan History for the week of July 5 to July 11!

July 13th, 2009

Some things in our top actually changed. A lot of this is the result of individual linking. I’ve also included our top blog entries in this week’s wrap up. They don’t generally get as many views as articles but do go towards demonstrating that some of our more news related posts get a fair amount of traffic. Most of these news related posts are unrelated to fandom news that is featured on LiveJournal communities like metafandom. Interesting stuff.

Fan History’s Most Popular Articles
11,152 pages were viewed a total of 44,564 times

  1. Draco/Hermione – 1,013
  2. AdultFanFiction.Net – 905 views
  3. Cassandra_Claire – 488 views
  4. Naruto – 339 views
  5. FanDomination.Net – 324 views
  6. Sakura Lemon_Fan-Fiction Archive – 298 views
  7. Merlin – 249 visits
  8. Digimon – 234 visits
  9. FanFiction.Net – 234 visits
  10. James Nicoll – 223 visits

Fan History’s Most Popular Blog Entries
124 pages were viewed a total of 939 times

  1. Michael Jackson fanfiction: is it out there? – 477 views. Entry by Sidewinder.
  2. The high cost of conventions – when will it become TOO high? – 66 views. Entry by Sidewinder.
  3. Panic at the Disco break up – 48 views. Entry by sidewinder.
  4. Update: Permabanned users policy change – 48 views. Entry by Laura.
  5. Does familiarity breed contempt (and breakups?) – 29 views. Entry by Sidewinder.
  6. Laura’s link building philosophy – 22 views. Entry by Laura.
  7. Not a parody? Then not fair use. Precedent is bad news for argument that fan fiction is legal! – 16 views. Entry by Laura.
  8. Torchwood post-Children of Earth – 12 views. Entry by Sidewinder.
  9. Pictures from Chicago’s Pride Parade – 10 views. Entry by Laura.
  10. Why Australian fansites – and fans – need to be careful with Shotacon – 10 views. Entry by Sidewinder.

Fan History’s Keyword Traffic
Search sent 13,821 total visits via 9,244 keywords

  1. adultfanfiction – 333 visits
  2. adult fanfiction - 176 visits
  3. fandomination – 105 visits
  4. michael jackson fanfiction – 90 visits
  5. naruto wiki - 79 visits
  6. bandflesh - 77 visits
  7. michael jackson fan fiction – 75 visits
  8. restricted section – 71 visits
  9. adult fan fiction – 63 visits
  10. draco hermione – 58 visits

Fan History’s Referrer Traffic
Referring sites sent 2,519 visits via 500 sources

  1. animenewsnetwork.com
  2. mademan.com – Replaced Chickipedia
  3. community.livejournal.com
  4. james-nicoll.livejournal.com
  5. fanfiction.net
  6. fanpop.com
  7. tvtropes.org
  8. journalfen.net – fandom_wank traffic began to taper off. 47 visits.
  9. sidewinder.livejournal.com – 47 visits. Links to her blog entries on her LiveJournal.
  10. facebook.com

Most popular fandoms on Fan History year to date

July 1st, 2009

Half the year has passed so it is time to do an update as to the most popular fandoms on Fan History for January to June 2009. Items on this list list tend to appear for three reasons: 1) Interest in the fandom, 2) Quality content, 3) Good SEO. Because of the latter two, I don’t think that you can draw any conclusion about what is going on in fandom as a result. Hopefully, one day, we’ll be there where you can.

Top Fandoms

  1. Digimon
  2. Naruto
  3. Twilight
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Gundam Wing
  6. Supernatural
  7. The Fast and the Furious
  8. Mortal Instruments
  9. Dragon Ball Z
  10. Prince of Tennis

Top Actor Fandoms

  1. Jorja Fox
  2. Allison Stokke
  3. Russel Crowe
  4. Sara Varone
  5. Megan Fox

Top Anime Fandoms

  1. Digimon
  2. Naruto
  3. Gundam Wing
  4. Dragon Ball Z
  5. Prince of Tennis
  6. Sailor Moon
  7. Bleach
  8. D.Gray-Man
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh
  10. Ouran High School Host Club

Top Book Fandoms

  1. Twilight
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Mortal Instruments
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Outsiders
  6. The Death Gate Cycle
  7. Lord of the Rings
  8. Sherlock Holmes
  9. Gor
  10. Alex Rider

Top Cartoons Fandoms

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  2. Transformers
  3. Kim Possible
  4. X-men
  5. Rescue Rangers
  6. Ben 10
  7. Sonic: The Hedgehog
  8. Hey Arnold!
  9. Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series

Top Comics Fandoms

  1. X-men
  2. Batman
  3. Watchmen

Top Movies Fandoms

  1. The Fast and the Furious
  2. Star Trek
  3. Transformers
  4. Outsiders
  5. X-men
  6. Batman
  7. Star Wars
  8. X-Files
  9. Watchmen
  10. Highlander

Top Music Fandoms

  1. Metallica
  2. Panic! At the Disco
  3. American Idol
  4. Radiohead
  5. Fall Out Boy
  6. Nine Inch Nails
  7. My Chemical Romance
  8. X-Japan
  9. The Beatles
  10. Savage Garden

Top Television Fandoms

  1. Supernatural
  2. Roswell
  3. Merlin
  4. Jon and Kate Plus 8
  5. Star Trek
  6. Gilmore Girls
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Batman
  9. CSI
  10. Doctor Who

Top Video Games Fandoms

  1. Pokemon
  2. Final Fantasy VII
  3. Silent Hill
  4. Final Fantasy
  5. Sonic: The Hedgehog
  6. Zelda
  7. Kingdom Hearts

What’s hot on Fan History for June 14 to June 20, 2009

June 21st, 2009

More Fan History traffic information and looking at what is popular. This edition includes our most popular traffic sources outside search, our most popular articles and our most popular keyword based searches for the week of June 14 to June 20, 2009.

Most popular articles
11,909 pages were viewed a total of 43,428 times

  1. Draco/Hermione – 785 times
  2. Cassandra Claire – 359 times
  3. Race Fail 2009 – 338 times
  4. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive – 329 times
  5. Russet Noon – 233 times
  6. AdultFanFiction.Net – 228 times
  7. Naruto – 200 times
  8. FanFiction.Net – 195 times
  9. Hurt/Comfort – 194 times
  10. Digimon – 175 times
  11. Laura – 144 times

Our most popular pages mostly had fewer views this month. Some of this is probably because we had 600 fewer article views this past week.

Top non-search referrers
Referring sites sent 2,435 visits via 337 sources

  1. animenewsnetwork.com – 301 visits
  2. chickipedia.com – 233 visits
  3. community.livejournal.com – 147 visits
  4. journalfen.net – 126 visits
  5. fanfiction.net – 96 visits
  6. twitter.com – 84 visits
  7. partly-bouncy.livejournal.com – 80 visits
  8. fanpop.com – 78 visits
  9. tvtropes.org – 63 visits
  10. deviantart.com – 47 visits

200 fewer visits this past week from referrers. A lot of this can be attributed to getting less traffic related from fandom_wank. There were a few sources that moved up or down. There was only one site that dropped off and one new one appearing.

Search key phrases
Search sent 11,657 total visits via 8,264 keywords

  1. emo porn – 87 visits
  2. galbadia hotel – 66 visits
  3. naruto wiki – 59 visits
  4. restricted section – 47 visits
  5. adult fanfiction – 46 visits
  6. gosselins without pity – 46 visits
  7. adultfanfiction – 39 visits
  8. draco hermione – 38 visits
  9. sakura lemon – 36 visits
  10. fanhistory – 34 visits

Our search traffic was a bit down this past week. This was by about 400 visits and 300 key phrases. Some terms moved up and other terms moved down.

What was hot on Fan History for the week of June 7 to June 13, 2009

June 15th, 2009

It’s another week and I’m in the mood for another post about what’s popular on Fan History. This edition includes our most popular traffic sources outside search, our most popular articles and our most popular keyword based searches for the week of June 7 to June 13, 2009.

Most popular articles
11,848 pages were viewed a total of 44,012 times

  1. Draco/Hermione – 920 times
  2. Cassandra Claire – 551 times
  3. Race Fail 2009 – 423 times
  4. Torchsong Chicago – 383 times
  5. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive – 323 times
  6. AdultFanFiction.Net – 282 times
  7. Digimon – 226 times
  8. Hurt/comfort – 225 times
  9. Naruto – 225 times
  10. Twilight – 216 times

Coming in Number 11 is Russet Noon with 206 and FanFiction.Net with 204.

Top non-search referrers
Referring sites sent 2,620 visits via 361 sources

  1. journalfen.net – blog entry about conventions is where the traffic was from – 298 visits
  2. animenewsnetwork.com – 287 visits
  3. chickipedia.com – 232 visits
  4. community.livejournal.com – 179 visits
  5. twitter.com – 83 visits
  6. twilighted.net – 81 visits
  7. fanfiction.net – 79 visits
  8. deviantart.com – 67 visits
  9. tvtropes.org – 61 visits
  10. fanpop.com – 57 visits

Coming in at referer rank 77 was russet-noon.com with 4 visits.

Search key phrases
Search sent 12,029 total visits via 8,537 keywords

  1. naruto wiki – 64 visits
  2. adultfanfiction – 60 visits
  3. galbadia hotel – 53 visits
  4. restricted section – 50 visits
  5. adult fanfiction – 49 visits
  6. cassandra claire – 44 visits
  7. emo porn – 43 visits
  8. fan history – 35 visits
  9. cassandra clare – 34 visits
  10. gosselins without pity – 33 visits

Coming in at the 40th most popular keyword search with 17 visits was russet noon.

Popular fandoms?

June 2nd, 2009

We had a couple of searches to our blog asking about popular fandoms.  That’s kind of subjective and hard to measure but I’ll try to list them again. :)

Year to date, the most popular fandoms on Fan History based on how many times the article about them have been accessed are:

  1. Digimon
  2. Nartuo
  3. Twilight
  4. Gundam Wing
  5. Harry Potter
  6. Supernatural
  7. The Fast and the Furious
  8. Dragon Ball Z
  9. Prince of Tennis
  10. Sailor Moon

That list doesn’t necessarily seem accurate.  It probably reflects where Fan History’s articles are better.

A second way that you could measure the most popular fandoms is based on the total of new stories posted to FanFiction.Net.  For yesterday?  The following list was generated:

1 Twilight 204 1
2 Naruto 164 3
3 Harry Potter 158 2
4 Bleach 39 10
5 Supernatural 38 6
6 D.Gray-Man 32 34
7 Yu-Gi-Oh 20 243
8 Maximum Ride 20 43
9 Death Note 19 7
10 Pokemon 18 11

That seems a bit more accurate for popular fandoms and wow! Yay!   It seems to agree some with the most popular list of fandoms on Fan History.  Of course, the list of fandoms that appear there have not been updated since September 2008. :/

Then there is another way to guess at most popular fandoms.  That’s based on activity levels on LiveJournal.  This list isn’t all comprehensive and because of bot problems?  The list hasn’t been updated since March 31, 2009… but here it is!

Rank   ? Fandom   ? Total Activity   ? Previous rank   ?
1 Twilight 14372 1
2 Meta 7649 2
3 America’s Next Top Model 2672 6
4 Pokemon 2470 5
5 House M.D. 2114 4
6 Gossip Girls 1628 12
7 Doctor Who 1624 10
8 WWE 1581 9
9 Merlin 1496 14
10 Lost 1405 19
11 Harry Potter 1346 8
12 Bones 1328 7
13 High School Musical 1220 3
14 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 1038 13
15 iCarly 1033 16
16 Bleach 1020 11
17 Sailor Moon 995 15
18 Jonas Brothers 966 25
19 Naruto 944 18
20 NCIS 716 23
21 As the World Turns 709 64
22 the GazettE 685 20
23 Gackt 662 17
24 Ben 10 645 97
25 Mystery Science Theater 3000 607 29
26 Slayers 568 21
27 An Cafe 554 45
28 Life on Mars 548 32
29 The Office (US) 528 35
30 Transformers 519 22
31 Sports fan fiction 518 40
32 Soccer fan fiction 515 41
33 D.Gray-Man 508 52
34 30 Rock 480 42
35 Heroes 392 37
36 How I Met Your Mother 387 46
37 My Chemical Romance 386 131
38 David Tennant 382 30
39 Batman 378 128
40 Torchwood 353 28
41 Batman Beyond 352 159
42 One Piece 342 60
43 Man from U.N.C.L.E. 339 85
44 One Tree Hill 336 34
45 Fullmetal Alchemist 322 47
46 Ewan McGregor 320 36
47 Star Trek 319 51
48 Meta community 317 24
49 Lord of the Rings 306 49
50 Dancing with the Stars 306 48
51 Yu-Gi-Oh 301 31
52 Stargate SG-1 296 54
53 30 Seconds to Mars 296 50
54 Brand New 291 80
55 Saiyuki 268 43
56 U2 266 63
57 Princess Tutu 260 61
58 American Girls 259 78
59 Dollhouse 255 39
60 X-Files 254 160
61 Top Gear 252 87
62 Geoffrey Rush 233 103
63 The Mentalist 230 57
64 American Idol 217 73
65 Pushing Daises 215 79
66 Queer as Folk 211 74
67 Death Note 203 120
68 Britney Spears 197 72
69 Supernatural 189 55
70 Criminal Minds 185 62
71 Ugly Betty 182 65
72 Laurell K. Hamilton 175 171
73 Law and Order: SVU 172 69
74 Anita Blake 172 192
75 The Late Late Show 168 58
76 Craig Ferguson 168 59
77 L Word 164 75
78 The Sentinel 161 68
79 General Hospital 155 70
80 Manic 151 201
81 D’espairs Ray 150 44
82 CSI: Miami 147 94
83 Discworld 145 95
84 Prince of Tennis 143 1020
85 Neil Patrick Harris 138 108
86 Christina Aguilera 131 426
87 Serenity 122 82
88 Manchester United 122 38
89 Law and Order 121 119
90 Blake’s 7 121 166
91 The Young and the Restless 120 141
92 Ace Attorney 120 173
93 Vancouver Islanders 119 105
94 Shugo Chara! 119 89
95 Beatles 117 127
96 Zelda 115 111
97 Firefly 115 83
98 Bullet for my Valentine 115 149
99 Hanson 113 67
100 Days of Our Lives 113 96

Maybe you want that information based on another language?   How about Russian?  Then these fandoms are some of the most popular (at least in March 2009):

Rank   ? Fandom   ? Total Activity   ? Previous rank   ?
1 Harry Potter 795 3
2 Watchmen 417 1
3 Radiohead 140 2
4 House M.D. 112 6
5 Firefly 75 14
6 South Park 71 4
7 Buffy: The Vampire Slayer 57 89
8 Hugh Laurie 56 26
9 Star Trek 43 38
10 Babylon 5 42 13
11 Simpsons 38 11
12 Battlestar Galactica 37 36
13 Futurama 34 9
14 Star Wars 27 5
15 Supernatural 20 21
16 PFC CSKA Moscow 20 8
17 Metallica 17 12
18 Blur 17 42
19 Terry Pratchett 13 10
20 The Cure 12 53

There are probably other ways to measure other popular fandoms but those are the ones that we have to measure popularity.

Top articles on Fan History for May 2009

June 1st, 2009

Another month ends and it is time for another list of some of the most popular, most viewed articles for May 2009. There have been some notable shifts in what is on here from last month.

Articles

  1. Draco/Hermione
  2. Russet Noon
  3. Race Fail 2009
  4. Cassandra Claire
  5. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction_Archive
  6. Twilight
  7. AdultFanFiction.Net
  8. Digimon
  9. FanFiction.Net
  10. Naruto

Fandoms

  1. Cassandra Claire
  2. Twilight
  3. Digimon
  4. Naruto
  5. Supernatural
  6. Star Trek
  7. Jon and Kate Plus 8
  8. Gundam Wing
  9. Harry Potter
  10. Sailor Moon

Ships

  1. Draco/Hermione
  2. Sesshoumaru/Kagome
  3. Snape/Hermione
  4. Kirk/Spock
  5. Michael/Maria
  6. Harry/Draco
  7. Harry/Hermione
  8. Max/Liz
  9. Takari
  10. Draco/Ginny

Kerfluffles

  1. Russet Noon
  2. Race Fail 2009
  3. Cassandra Claire
  4. Dreamwidth Studios
  5. Race wank
  6. LiveJournal
  7. GreatestJournal
  8. Cassandra Claire’s Plagiarism
  9. Fandom Wank

Fans

  1. Cassandra Claire
  2. LadySybilla
  3. Maya
  4. Caito
  5. Msscribe
  6. Bhaalspawn
  7. Heidi8
  8. Ithilien22
  9. Dot-chan
  10. Minisinoo

Fan Fiction Archives and Blogging Services

  1. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction_Archive
  2. AdultFanFiction.Net
  3. FanFiction.Net
  4. Dreamwidth Studios
  5. LiveJournal
  6. GreatestJournal
  7. FanWorks.Org
  8. RestrictedSection
  9. FanLib
  10. FanDomination.Net

April 2009: Most popular fandoms

May 1st, 2009

April has ended and I’m feeling in the mood to blog. So in celebration of April ending and rain letting up and May flowers coming, a list of the most popular fandom articles (based the number of article views) on Fan History for the month of March and a break down of the most popular articles on Fan History for year to date.
April 2009: Most popular fandoms

  1. Cassandra Claire
  2. The Fast and the Furious – Movie interest
  3. Digimon
  4. Naruto
  5. Harry Potter
  6. Roswell
  7. Gundam Wing
  8. Twilight
  9. Supernatural
  10. Prince of Tennis

April 2009: Most popular articles

  1. Draco/Hermione
  2. Russet Noon – Referenced on Fandom Wank and elsewhere
  3. Cassandra Claire – Page views down from last month
  4. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive
  5. The Fast and the Furious
  6. User talk:Artistic Revolution – Related to being mentioned on fandom wank.
  7. AdultFanFiction.Net
  8. Caito – Person who posted the wank report on fandom wank
  9. FanFiction.Net
  10. Digimon

January to April 2009: Most popular fandoms

  1. Cassandra Claire
  2. Naruto
  3. Digimon
  4. Twilight
  5. Gundam Wing
  6. The Fast and the Furious
  7. Harry Potter
  8. Dragon Ball Z
  9. Supernatural
  10. Pride and Prejudice

Follow up: Most human revised articles on Fan History

April 9th, 2009

The last post was heavy in terms of bot revised edits on Fan History. It is that way because our data collection bots update every day and some have been active since September 2008. This is the last of non-bot, human edited entries on Fan History.

The following data is cached, and was last updated 18:45, 9 April 2009.

Showing below up to 500 results starting with #1.

View (previous 500) (next 500) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500)

  1. Harry Potter ?(291 revisions)
  2. Draco/Hermione ?(242 revisions)
  3. Bandfic ?(228 revisions)
  4. Beauty and the Beast ?(221 revisions)
  5. Digimon ?(219 revisions)
  6. Supernatural ?(219 revisions)
  7. CSI ?(214 revisions)
  8. Rescue Rangers ?(209 revisions)
  9. Doctor Who ?(200 revisions)
  10. X-Files ?(195 revisions)
  11. Main Page ?(190 revisions)
  12. Cassandra Claire ?(186 revisions)
  13. Organization for Transformative Works ?(184 revisions)
  14. Slash ?(157 revisions)
  15. Doctor Who fanzines ?(138 revisions)
  16. Star Trek ?(135 revisions)
  17. Bleach ?(132 revisions)
  18. Russell Crowe ?(122 revisions)
  19. Star Trek fanzines ?(121 revisions)
  20. AdultFanFiction.Net ?(119 revisions)
  21. Star Wars ?(118 revisions)
  22. Sailor Moon ?(118 revisions)
  23. The Police ?(115 revisions)
  24. Susan M. Garrett ?(114 revisions)
  25. Daiken ?(114 revisions)
  26. Lord of the Rings ?(113 revisions)
  27. LiveJournal ?(112 revisions)
  28. Mortal Instruments ?(107 revisions)
  29. Roswell ?(106 revisions)
  30. FanFiction.Net ?(106 revisions)
  31. Zelda ?(105 revisions)
  32. Duran Duran ?(103 revisions)
  33. The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards ?(101 revisions)
  34. Naruto ?(100 revisions)
  35. Msscribe ?(99 revisions)
  36. Avatar: The Last Airbender ?(97 revisions)
  37. Mlina ?(95 revisions)
  38. Lucia de’Medici ?(95 revisions)
  39. Warcraft ?(95 revisions)
  40. Draco/Ginny ?(95 revisions)
  41. Final Fantasy VII ?(94 revisions)
  42. Current events ?(91 revisions)
  43. Grissom/Sara ?(89 revisions)
  44. Canadian Idol ?(89 revisions)
  45. Fan fiction archives ?(89 revisions)
  46. Gundam Wing ?(87 revisions)
  47. Plagiarism ?(86 revisions)
  48. Race Fail 2009 ?(86 revisions)
  49. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer ?(86 revisions)
  50. Xena: Warrior Princess ?(85 revisions)
  51. Twilight ?(85 revisions)
  52. My Chemical Romance ?(83 revisions)
  53. X-men ?(82 revisions)
  54. Thunderbirds ?(79 revisions)
  55. Hey Arnold! ?(78 revisions)
  56. Tikatu ?(78 revisions)

March 2009: Most popular fandoms

April 1st, 2009

March has ended and I’m feeling in the mood to blog. So in celebration of March ending and spring coming, a list of the most popular fandom articles on Fan History for the month of March and a break down of the most popular articles on Fan History for the first quarter of the year.

March 2009: Most popular fandoms

  1. Cassandra Claire – her new book came out this month
  2. Naruto – lots of traffic from search
  3. Digimon
  4. Twilight – fandom is really popular
  5. Harry Potter – Fan History has lots of content
  6. Dragon Ball Z – lots of traffic from search, lots of content
  7. Mortal Instruments – last book in trilogy came out
  8. Gundam Wing
  9. Supernatural – fandom has been wanking a lot
  10. Bleach – lots of traffic from search

January to March 2009: Most popular fandoms

  1. Cassandra Claire
  2. Naruto
  3. Digimon
  4. Twilight
  5. Gundam Wing
  6. Harry Potter
  7. Mortal Instruments
  8. Dragon Ball z
  9. Supernatural
  10. Pride and Prejudice

January to March 2009: Most popular ships

  1. Draco/Hermione
  2. Snape/Hermione
  3. Michael/Maria
  4. Taito
  5. Draco/Ginny
  6. Takari
  7. Harry/Draco
  8. Sesshoumaru/Kagome
  9. Max/Liz
  10. Harry/Ginny

January to March 2009: Most popular fans

  1. Msscribe
  2. Cori Falls
  3. Ithilien22
  4. Laura
  5. Heidi8
  6. Minisinoo
  7. Black-Beri
  8. FictionLyn
  9. Capnnerefir
  10. Maygra

January to March 2009: Most popular fansites/fan fiction archives

  1. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive
  2. FanFiction.Net
  3. AdultFanFiction.Net
  4. GreatestJournal
  5. LiveJournal
  6. FanWorks.Org
  7. Galbadia Hotel
  8. FanDominaton.Net
  9. FanLib
  10. InsaneJournal

Fan fiction, social media & chasing the numbers with quality content (Hint: Doesn’t matter)

February 2nd, 2009

Writing quality content...Fan fiction in this case isn’t about numbers, or so many people suggest. Social media is. But social media shouldn’t be about numbers. Social media should be about having quality conversations where there is some return that you can measure from that, so numbers shouldn’t matter that much. And the fan fiction community might say it isn’t about numbers but lots of people obsess about the number of readers they have and how they can improve those numbers…

… and the quest in both social media and the fan fiction community is often characterized by that chase for numbers. The goal is to increase your metrics. More readers. More followers. For fan fiction, that’s measured in hits to your stories. In social media, that is sometimes measured in the number of followers on Twitter. In both cases, the conventional wisdom is that if you provide high value content, quality content, people will discover your work and read more of it. You’ll eventually get more followers on Twitter, become a Big Name Fan or even possibly leverage a book deal drawing on your fan base from your high quality fan fiction. CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT! This post on problogger Darren Rowse is just one of literally dozens that suggests that in social media. And in fan fiction communities, just go to almost any community and you’ll see people try to reaffirm that idea. Quality content is king! If you have high value, quality content, people will gravitate towards you! Content! Content! Content is king!

Except it is not. If you’re chasing numbers, quality matters very little. What actually matters is figuring out how to game the system in a way that is not black hat and that gets results. This is true both with fan fiction and with social media.

If you want readers for your fan fiction, don’t write Savage Garden hetfic or Wheel of Fortune Pat/Vanna White fan fiction. There isn’t an audience there. (If you do it right, there might be an audience for it that could be leveraged if you can get it to go viral. But there probably is not a large established audience for that.) You write something more popular like say… Twilight, Naruto, High School Musical. You then write popular ships. You feedback popular writers to get great name recognition and feedback lesser known authors to get niche attention. You create a LiveJournal account, a twitter account and possibly a mailing list dedicated to your work. You follow all the cool kids, join the biggest communities and post your stories there. You interact with your readers, participate heavily in meta-discussions, and generally become known for your activity as much if not more so than your fiction. All of that makes your content pretty secondary to what you’re doing story quality-wise. You find other ways to game the system to get readers. You write long serialized stories, which tend to draw more readers and help maintain an audience over an extended period of time. You make sure the story features popular pairings. You link to it in your sig everywhere. You submit it to sites like Fan History and FanworksFinder. You submit your personal fansite to sites like DMOZ, IMDB and FanPop. You find out what days to post to get more traffic. The content is secondary to what you do in order to get readers.

Social media is pretty much the same way, only with Twitter? It pretty takes much less work than fan fiction in order to get your numbers up. You want to get a lot of followers to the tune of 2,000+ so people will take you seriously as some one who knows what they are doing in social media? First, you find some one who is following a lot of people in a short period of time and then follow everyone who follows them. (Ideal ratio? They are following 4+ for every 1 following them.) Go to Twitterholic and following anyone with 1,000+ followers/following where there is an imbalance with more people the person is following them than people following them because those people are likely trying to inflate their follow count too and are likely to follow back. As you’re doing this, people will start to follow you who are meet those criteria. Follow them and followers who look like auto follows. Make sure you have some content on your account that isn’t obvious spam and update regularly so you don’t totally set off alarm bells. Try for some minimal interaction. You can easily get 2,000 followers a month after starting that. In ramping up those numbers, quality content matters little because the system is built in with a huge number of people also trying to game the system to get followers. Yeah, you can try to produce quality content on Twitter but if your goal is numbers, it isn’t the best and fasted way to improve your metrics at all. Quality content is again secondary to working the system.

The ideal of quality content leading to followers and readers is a myth. Yes, it can’t hurt… but that would lead to the conclusion that those who have the best talent and produce the highest quality results always come out on top but a quick look at the music, movie, television, acting and book publishing industries would tend to disprove that. Plenty of sub-par product succeeds where quality languishes in obscurity, and promotion tactics (or lack thereof) can often be the reason why. I think a lot of people putting forth this myth assume their content is quality, or they are part of a system that doesn’t want to be honest with how people get ahead with some of these metrics that people value: Follow counts and number of times your story was read.

Fandoms and their musical tastes & trends

January 23rd, 2009

So, I have recently fallen in crazy love with Last.Fm. Not only is it a great service for discovering new music, but also tracking my own listening habits, and now, I see, for examining fandom trends and looking at what connections there may be between certain anime, media fandoms and bandoms. This is possible as Last.fm allows users to create “groups” of any kind, and statistics will show what are the weekly top artists for that group.

So what are some popular musical artists within certain large fandom groups right now?

Let’s first look at Twilight. There are currently over 1,200 members of the Last.Fm Twilight group, and their Top 10 artists currently are:

1. Paramore
2. Muse
3. Linkin Park
4. Carter Burwell
5. Katy Perry
6. Coldplay
7. Britney Spears
8. The Black Ghosts
9. Iron & Wine
10. Blue Foundation

Not surprisingly, 7 of those 10 artists have material on the Twilight soundtrack cd, explaining their popularity.

Looking next at Harry Potter, which has a Last.Fm group of over 1,500 members and a fanbase with some similarities in age and makeup to Twilight, we discover some close similarities in musical taste:

1. Coldplay
2. Muse
3. Paramore
4. The Killers
5. The Beatles
6. Britney Spears
7. Linkin Park
8. Katy Perry
9. Radiohead
10. Fall Out Boy

6 of the Harry Potter Top 10 are the same as for Twilight, including artists such as Britney Spears and Katy Perry, not on the Twilight soundtrack but popular performers within the teenage/20-something age group. How exactly The Beatles and Radiohead fit in I’m not sure, unless they reflect some of the wider age-range and fannish make-up of Harry Potter fandom? I’ll be curious to keep comparing the data on these two fan groups in future weeks.

Let’s also look at Naruto, a popular anime which also has a large (1,400+ members) Last.Fm group. Here’s their current Top 10:

1. Linkin Park
2. System of a Down
3. Metallica
4. Muse
5. Coldplay
6. Toshiro Masuda (Naruto soundtrack composer)
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. The Killers
8. Rammstein
10. Nightwish

Again we see some familiar names, such as Linkin Park, Muse, Coldplay and The Killers, but there are also some more metal and hard rock acts such as Metallica, System of a Down and Rammstein. So is there a connection between Naruto and metal fandom? I’m curious to know! Has a lot of metal been used in Naruto songvids? Can anyone explain this more?

Finally, let’s look at the Top 10 artists this week for an older fandom: Star Trek. The Star Trek Last.Fm group is smaller than the others we’ve looked at so far–about 350 members, and the Top 10 artists are quite different from the other groups looked at so far:

1. The Beatles
2. Nine Inch Nails
3. U2
4. Pink Floyd
5. The Cure
6. Depeche Mode
7. Radiohead
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. The Rolling Stones
10. David Bowie

The skew is certainly towards much older musical acts from the 60s & 70s (Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie…), 80s & 90s (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, U2, The Cure…) Musical tastes for the fandom match quite closely with the time periods when Star Trek itself was perhaps at its most popular. Though there are The Beatles and Radiohead again. Maybe they’re just popular all across fandom? Will the release of the upcoming Star Trek movie bring in a younger fanbase and skew the musical taste of the group more towards currently popular acts?

Anyway, such are the things I find interesting to look at on Last.Fm currently, and what it may or may not say about the connections between different fandom communities.

We have LiveJournal stats! So what fandoms are hot on LJ?

January 14th, 2009

I’ll get to the title line after first explaining what we’re talking about with LiveJournal stats. If you haven’t figured it out, we love stats at Fan History. We love them a lot. Stats can back up your gut feeling about what is going on in fandom. We’ve been tracking the size of fandom on FanFiction.Net, FanWorks.Org, FicWad, SkyHawke, FanFikion.De and Freedom of Speech for a couple of months and we’re addicted. It showed us that Twilight fandom had a small post movie release bump but it really took about two, three weeks for the fandom to explode. (And the numbers haven’t gone down since.)

Given this love, we wanted to get more stats. And we wanted our stats to come from LiveJournal and its clones because we’ve always been told that LiveJournal is a hub of fandom activity. How busy is the fandom? How active? What fandoms are more active than others? How do we measure the level of fandom activity on LiveJournal and its clones?

The method that was chose was to manually create a list of LJ comms based on fandoms. We chose manual because interests don’t really work. You could pick up icon communities dedicated to 100 fandoms where the fandom is unlikely to be represented regularly. We then built a list which we sorted by fandom, by language and by service. Our final list for LiveJournal included 3,092 fandoms. We couldn’t really make it much bigger because we needed to be able to update all these articles in a single day AND the bot would need to access each profile once a day to get the stats we were looking for. The stats pick up total posts, total comments, total members, total watchers and that information is put onto an article about the community in question. All the communities for a fandom are then added together and put on article which measures the total activity in a fandom based on our list for that fandom. Example: Harry Potter LiveJournal community size. After that’s done, those columns are then added together based on language for the community and we get a beautiful list like this list.

What’s interesting is that Twilight is hot on LiveJournal and it clones AND hot with various fan fiction archives. Harry Potter, second on fan fiction archives, is only 18th on LiveJournal. (This could be because our LiveJournal sample is missing the more active HP communities but I some how doubt it.) Naruto is third with fan fiction archives but 15th on LiveJournal. This could be because anime communities are much better represented elsewhere on sites like CrunchyRoll, AnimeNewsNetwork, anime specific blogging sites, etc.

When you get out of English, Twilight fandom is well, active but not always active. It was tops on our Finnish sample. It was 8th in our French sample. It was 7th in our Italian sample. It was tops in Spanish. For the other languages, we couldn’t find communities for Twilight to even be included. That’s the case for most fandoms: Non-English representation is tiny. The fandom language communities just aren’t there, even if the language is. (There are half a dozen Slovak communities but none are fandom specific.)

So that all out of the way, below are the top 100 fandoms on LiveJournal, based on our sample, for yesterday:

Fandom movers and shakers for LiveJournal on January 14, 2009
Rank   ? Fandom   ? Total Activity   ? Previous rank   ?
1 Twilight 6665 1
2 Meta 1232 2
3 WWE 1077 25
4 House M.D. 951 3
5 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 833 7
6 Gossip Girls 735 9
7 Doctor Who 727 4
8 How I Met Your Mother 473 6
9 Merlin 381 5
10 Jonas Brothers 322 13
11 Bones 300 48
12 Top Gear 278 45
13 Darker than Black 221 31
14 As the World Turns 219 18
15 Naruto 184 16
16 30 Seconds to Mars 180 44
17 30 Rock 168 14
18 Harry Potter 167 10
19 Hanson 165 84
20 One Tree Hill 162 124
21 Slayers 150 47
22 My Chemical Romance 134 75
23 New Kids on the Block 130 156
24 David Tennant 130 19
25 NCIS 129 24
26 Laurell K. Hamilton 125 37
27 Britney Spears 124 34
28 Anita Blake 123 36
29 Life on Mars 118 26
30 High School Musical 118 12
31 Ugly Betty 115 33
32 Avatar: The Last Airbender 115 79
33 Neil Patrick Harris 113 8
34 Mystery Science Theater 3000 113 54
35 Bleach 112 15
36 Manchester United 111 11
37 Sports fan fiction 107 42
38 Soccer fan fiction 107 43
39 Sailor Moon 98 28
40 Transformers 94 40
41 The Office (US) 93 23
42 Grey’s Anatomy 87 50
43 Star Trek 83 21
44 Prince of Tennis 81 109
45 Torchwood 76 17
46 Stargate SG-1 76 29
47 An Cafe 76 20
48 Ben 10 74 108
49 Gackt 73 72
50 Pokemon 71 74
51 Alice Nine 67 128
52 Law and Order: SVU 65 71
53 America’s Next Top Model 62 22
54 Lost 57 68
55 24 56 112
56 West Wing 55 80
57 The Sentinel 52 46
58 Vancouver Islanders 51 52
59 The Big Bang Theory 51 117
60 The Mentalist 48 73
61 Saiyuki 48 39
62 Bob Dylan 48 253
63 Fullmetal Alchemist 47 69
64 Ewan McGregor 46 51
65 Ace Attorney 45 119
66 the GazettE 44 56
67 Veronica Mars 44 91
68 U2 44 162
69 The Young and the Restless 44 306
70 CSI: Miami 44 111
71 Atlanta Braves 44 228
72 One Piece 43 38
73 L Word 43 67
74 Dir en grey 43 30
75 Futurama 42 703
76 CSI 42 64
77 iCarly 40 27
78 Kingdom Hearts 40 107
79 Batman 40 78
80 Speed Racer 39 92
81 Beverly Hills 90210 39 127
82 X-Files 37 85
83 Drake & Josh 37 58
84 Phantom of the Opera 36 209
85 Mad Men 36 59
86 Lord of the Rings 36 101
87 Hellsing 34 187
88 Dancing with the Stars 34 131
89 Backstreet Boys 34 183
90 The Late Late Show 33 96
91 Craig Ferguson 33 99
92 Inuyasha 32 141
93 Boston Red Sox 29 104
94 Princess Tutu 27 65
95 David Bowie 27 110
96 Bandom 27 88
97 Sonic: The Hedgehog 25 208
98 Whose Line is it Anyway 24 95
99 Supernatural 24 60
100 Pushing Daises 24 32

What’s hot fandom wise for January 7, 2009 on Fan History

January 8th, 2009

Top fandom articles on Fan History for January 7. We’ll see how long I keep this up. :)

January 7

  1. Naruto
  2. Digimon
  3. Twilight
  4. Gundam Wing
  5. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments
  6. Dragon Ball Z
  7. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  8. Metallica
  9. Hey Arnold!
  10. Pride and Prejudice

Top fandoms for January 4, 5, 6 on Fan History

January 7th, 2009

This is just really interesting to see. The list of popular fandom articles on Fan History rarely seems to coordinate with top fan fiction fandoms, nor with what is on television. I would speculate that we won’t see that until we probably quadruple our traffic and have better links to Fan History from out visitors. :) At the moment, it probably very much relates to which fandom articles we plug.

January 4

  1. Twilight
  2. Naruto
  3. Digimon
  4. Blade
  5. ABBA
  6. X-Files
  7. Kim Possible
  8. Sailor Moon
  9. Supernatural
  10. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments

January 5

  1. Demon Ororon
  2. Twilight
  3. Gundam Wing
  4. Naruto
  5. Digimon
  6. Harry Potter
  7. Savage Garden
  8. D.Gray-Man
  9. Supernatural
  10. Bleach

January 6

  1. Twilight
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Naruto
  4. Anna Semenovich
  5. Alf
  6. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments
  7. Digimon
  8. Dragon Ball Z
  9. Gundam Wing
  10. Allison Stokke

Twilight fandom… so big! so active!

January 6th, 2009

I love data which helps paint a picture of fandom: How big is it? How active are the communities in it? So I was interested when I finally got some data from LiveJournal regarding the size of fandom on LiveJournal. We know it isn’t totally comprehensive but we have a list of 59 LiveJournal communities dedicated to the Twilight fandom.

Kicking off this year, between January 2 and January 4, these communities had 246 new posts. They had 7,425 additional comments. 278 new members joined these communities and 175 started watching them. That seems really, really high.   The average post is getting 30 comments.  That’s pretty big all things considered.  (Naruto for the sake of comparison is averaging around 6.9. D’espairs Ray is averaging 15.35 comments a post.) The communities are getting a whole lot of new members and are generating a whole lot of conversations, especially when compared to some other services like FanPop, FanFiction.Net and InsaneJournal. The size of Twilight fandom, at its current stage is thus just mind blowing. If there is any doubt that this is the new big fandom, all you need to do is compare it to Harry Potter, where the community list is has 73 total communities that it monitors.

I can’t wait to get more data to see what is going on in the Twilight fandom!

The following is a list of LiveJournal communities in our sample of 59 communities:

http://community.livejournal.com/crepusculito/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/crepusculoes/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/early_evening/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/edward_dazzles/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/edwardrosalie/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/emmett_rosalie/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/esmecarlisle/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/forks_high/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/forks_posse/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/jasperalice/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/just_cullen/

http://community.livejournal.com/lasirius/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/jacobleah/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/ily_taycob/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/latuacantate/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/lion_lamb/

http://community.livejournal.com/lionwolf/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/loveattwilight/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/modattack/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/musasenelclaro/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/read_twilight/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/sortofbeautiful/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/staytwilight/

http://community.livejournal.com/tm_switzerland/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twiconawards/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilicons/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_addict/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_adult/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_book/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_fics/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_film/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_italy/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_macros/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_santa/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_series/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_stamp/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_videos/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_t00bs/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight100/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightcien/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilighters_it/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightfan/

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightlims/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightmanips/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightxchange/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twi_ficrequest/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilightersanon/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/packnumbertwo/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/ecullendotorg/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/operationplaid/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/her_muse/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/newtonoutfitter/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twilight_fin/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twifin_mods/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/twstoryseek/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/vampires_et_cie/profile

http://community.livejournal.com/hpvamp/

http://community.livejournal.com/pattinson_daily/

http://community.livejournal.com/pattinsonlims/

49 of these communities are English language based. 2 are Finnish. 1 is French. 2 are Italian. 5 are Spanish. If you know of any communities not on this list which you think should be included, please let me know.

Most popular fandoms on Fan History for January 3!

January 4th, 2009

I kind of had a lot of fun with the top fandom lists for January 1 and 2 so here is the list of the most popular fandoms for January 3 on Fan History!

January 3

  1. Digimon
  2. Naruto
  3. Pride and Prejudice
  4. Twilight
  5. ABBA
  6. Supernatural
  7. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments
  8. Dragon Ball Z
  9. Prince of Tennis
  10. Lord of the Rings

Most popular fandoms on Fan History this year so far!

January 3rd, 2009

Most popular fandom articles so far this year! What is starting off hot on Fan History in 2009?

January 1

  1. Thundercats
  2. Dexter
  3. Digimon
  4. Naruto
  5. Thunderbirds
  6. Dragon Ball Z
  7. Pride and Prejudice
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh
  9. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
  10. Ouran High School Host Club

January 2

  1. Thundercats
  2. Digimon
  3. Naruto
  4. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments
  5. Thunderbirds
  6. Prison Break
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. CSI
  9. Pride and Prejudice
  10. Sailor Moon

Keyword peaks for fandoms and fansites on Fan History in 2008

December 31st, 2008

The following are when interest, based on keyword (not keyphrase), spiked in 2008 on Fan History according to Google Analytics…

January 5

January 11

January 13

January 14

January 27

February 22

February 27

March 2

March 8

March 13

March 18

April 17

April 29

May 22

May 27

June 10

June 13

July 6

July 20

July 24

July 29

August 3

August 11

August 12

August 13

August 21

August 22

August 23

September 12

September 27

September 29

October 6

October 15

October 16

October 17

October 20

October 21

October 31

November 6

November 9

November 9

November 11

November 22

November 23

November 28

December 1

December 6

December 9

December 11

December 28

December 29

FanFiction.Net vs. LiveJournal community size

December 6th, 2008

The bot isn’t finished running yet… but while still compiling, I thought it was worth looking at some of these fandoms and how the size of LJ fandom is beginning to look, how big fandoms look versus eachother and versus FanFiction.Net community size…

This isn’t yet complete as the bot continues to run. Some fandoms may not have had their communities looked at because they didn’t cross over much with communities the bot has already looked at. There might be some naming issues which still need to be resolved. (Which were corrected when I spotted a few of them.) Some fandoms just didn’t have communities about them in the sample community list. Some categories actually contracted as we did admin work such as deleting duplicate articles and handled Article Deletion Requests… so any fandom which didn’t have over 50 new articles for categories with over 650 articles in them were excluded.

But overall, this table begins to paint an interesting picture as to the biggest fandoms on LiveJournal. FanFiction.Net column is total articles from FanFiction.Net. LiveJournal column is FanFiction.Net + LiveJournal articles (or new total of articles in the category). Difference column equals total number of members from LiveJournal.

Compete.Com… Good but not always accurate

December 3rd, 2008

Compete, Alexa and Quantcast are the big three sites in terms of people trying to get a feel for your traffic. They all have varying degrees of accuracy.

In October 2008, Compete said we got 6,215 unique visitors which, um, no? So off. Quantcast had us at about 33,000. If you estimate just US based traffic (which Compete.Com might be doing), we still had 18,400 or so according to Quantcast. Google Analytics had us getting 34,690 unique visitors and 39,708 visitors during October 2008. Google Analytics said that 21,913 of those visits were from Americans. Both Google and Quantcast’s numbers make sense. (And both pull directly from our site.) Compete.Com just way off.

Even Alexa in terms of Rank fares better and more accurate when measured against Quantcast. It is off by about 40,000 compared to the 100,000+ that Compete.Com is off.

Compete continues to be off in other areas. Compete.Com says that the top five phrases driving traffic to Fan History are:

1. cincoflex
2. may chang
3. 373/111
4. sleeping with the enemy draco hermione
5. naomi novik astolat

Er. No. Google Analytics says those searches gave us the following hit totals for October 2008:

1. cincoflex – 3 visits
2. may chang – 0 visits
3. 373/111 – 0 visits
4. sleeping with the enemy draco hermione – 0 visits
5. naomi novik astolat – 1 visit

Google Analytics tells me that the top five search phrases leading to visits for October 2008 actually were:

1. dbz wiki – 220 visits
2. sakura lemon – 189 visits
3. naruto fanfiction – 131 visits
4. adult fanfiction - 120 visits
5. cassandra claire – 114 visits

Compete could mean total searches pulling up Fan History? Maybe? Really, that could be what they say when they talk about keywords driving traffic to our site, searches that people do which pull us up? Probably not but let’s compare to what Google Webmaster Tools says are the top searches pulling us up:

# % Query Position
1 11% dbz wiki 5
2 10% fandom history 2
3 9% bandflesh 7
4 8% fan history 2
5 8% fanhistory 2

Nope. Nothing on the list that Compete has and Webmaster stats make much more sense there.

Just not impressed with Compete’s October numbers as I’m waiting to see them update our November numbers.

Did Twilight get a post movie fan fiction total bounce?

November 25th, 2008

I have a love affair with numbers and what they say about fandom. I was thus curious if the release of the Twilight movie meant an uptick in the number of stories published. I checked the data (November 19, data not gathered. November 20 data derived by dividing total by two) and it looks like it may have.

Twilight story totals in days after the movie's release

The daily average is about 123. 185 stories is a new record for the fandom. The fandom also consistently outpaced Naruto and Harry Potter which the fandom hadn’t done done for that length of time previously. It will be interesting to see if this increase in total stories posted levels off or if the numbers drop back down to pre-movie levels in another week or two.

Fan History bot creation announcement: LiveJournal bot

October 29th, 2008

Fan History is happy to announce the launch of a new bot: LiveJournal Bot.

Back in 2007, Fan History faced criticism for not being inclusive enough, for the selection of people with articles about them being too random, for being too focused on fan fiction. In March of 2008, we took the steps to address that criticism by launching FanFictionNetBot, which created articles about FanFiction.Net users. More than 470,000 articles later, we’ve found that the response to this was really positive. For every article deletion request we had, there were at least ten people who edited articles about themselves, and who posted/commented about how it was cool that an article about them was on Fan History.

FanFictionNetBot also helped give us a really good picture of what was happening on FanFiction.Net. Did you know that only about a quarter of accounts created actually had stories posted to them? We were suprised too. Another cool facts we discovered: Harry Potter fan fiction writers on FanFiction.Net average three point three stories per author. (376,000 stories and 112,000 members of the fandom equals 3.3 stories average per author.) We were also were intrigued to discover that the Naruto, Inuyasha, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Kingdom Hearts fandoms were the next fandoms up when it came to participation by people in the fan fiction community. We were also intrigued to find that Twilight fandom had so many members; the fandom is quite new when compared to the amount of time that FanFiction.Net has been around.

It was with all this in mind that we created LiveJournal Bot. Prior to the creation of this bot, we had been adding a lot of this information by hand. This process was slow, tedious and wasn’t helping us to get a really good picture of what was happening in fandom and specifically on LiveJournal. It was also frustrating for us when people would talk about the size of fandom on LiveJournal. Obviously not everyone on LiveJournal is a member of fandom. If you’re trying get an accurate count of the number of users on LiveJournal who are members of fandom, well, the process can annoying. We are also intensely curious as to the size of comparative fan bases on LiveJournal. Is the fandom community for Harry Potter on LiveJournal bigger or smaller than the one on FanFiction.Net? Can we get a number which suggests that fandom actually has a bigger presence on LiveJournal than it does on the fan fiction-only FanFiction.Net?

After running this bot, we’ll not only begin to answer those questions, but we’ll also have a much bigger, much better, much more accurate and inclusive fandom directory. We’ll also have a better idea of what is going on in music, sports and actor fandoms that we didn’t have before because FanFiction.Net doesn’t allow fan fiction for those fan communities. We’re really excited about these additions.

Fan History is trying to take privacy concerns seriously. Users who have checked the box on their LiveJournal security settings that minimizes your inclusion in search engines won’t be picked up. The bot is compliant with Live Journal’s policies on search engine inclusion. We’re making a real effort to honor fans’ privacy wishes, so to avoid inclusion in the bot’s search, please make sure you’ve checked the appropriate box in your journal’s security settings. If an article is created about you, Fan History will be happy to delete it if you follow the steps outlined on the article deletion request page.

As we attempt this, Fan History knows that any numbers we generate are going to be problematic. For example, we’re not creating articles about everyone on LiveJournal. We’re only creating articles about people who belong to a list of roughly 1,600 fandom-based LiveJournal communities representing English, Spanish, Russian and Ukranian language communities. This is a pretty good sample but obviously limited as LiveJournal has a huge number of such communities. The numbers won’t be entirely accurate because Fan History is excluding any LiveJournal user who has decided to not allow bots to access their privacy settings. If an article with the same name as a person’s LiveJournal name already exists, the bot won’t create a separate article or edit the existing one. This means some people will be passed over.

These steps mean that many of members of LiveJournal’s fandom base will be excluded and our numbers won’t be 100% accurate. In the case of honoring your privacy though, this is something where we’re more than happy to not have the most accurate numbers ever.

If you have any questions not answered by this post or the LiveJournal bot user page, please feel free to ask them on our blog entry about the bot or by e-mailing support[@]fanhistory[.]com. We’ll be more than happy to answer them.

Twilight, Naruto, Harry Potter

September 23rd, 2008

I love to watch the fandom tracking article on Fan History.  What fandoms are the most active?  When do they become active?  (And if you’re watching, the bot runs at 01:01 every day at GMT.  Knowing that helps these numbers make a bit more sense.)   CSI: Miami has been making a lot of news in entertainment.  Is Horatio coming back or does he finally kick the bucket?  Its appearance on the list makes a lot of sense.   Some of the other ones appearing can be much less obvious or the result of some one unloading a bunch of new stories on the archive. The obvious ones kicking up with the new television season hasn’t done much to dethrone the big three fandoms: Twilight, Naruto and Harry Potter.

Rank of Harry Potter, Twilight, Naruto

They just don’t really change.  The story totals might go up and down but these three outpace the rest and do so consistently.  Naruto manages to stay on top most of them time.  I’m not surprised.  Harry Potter and Twilight consistently trade off.  The two have a lot in common: Both are book based fandoms that have a lot of room to play in their universe.  They have movies coming out based on the books.  The authors are out and talking which helps to continue to generate more interest.  The books are complete so canon won’t come in and play whack-a-mole with their stories.  (That’s unlike television where every week, your WIP could be in danger.  Or the story you wrote a year ago could be killed because of a throw away line in a new episode.)  They have fan bases that think that both books are the best books ever.  And they will defend their interest, their books, their canon.  Both fandoms are monolithic.

I’m eagerly watching to see what will happen.  Is it possible for these fandoms to be dethroned?  What will it take?  What medium and fan culture will the fandom that knocks one of them off come from?  It will be interesting to watch.

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