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Veteran Member - Level 11
A few of the natives are getting restless, demanding I post the annual
blogging statistics report. The truth is there is a lot of data to trudge
through and its taking longer than expected. Playing a couple hours of Secret
of Mana last night didn't help the cause any. So, I thought I'd throw y'all a
bone and post a portion of the statistics I collected throughout the year.
Besides, the main report is already too long as it is, and the people featured
in this report certainly deserve a little recognition.
So, let me explain what all of this means before I recognize a handful of
the individuals. It is, after all, conceivable if you're reading this you could
be unaware of such things as Blog Herding or the fact that Game Informer even
has a newsletter.
Blog Herding - Blog Herding is a
weekly feature posted every Thursday that highlights some of the best blogs
posted by the community during a given period of time. It is curated by me
(just a regular ole gamer and community member) and reviewed by a Game Informer
staffer (99% of the time it is Jeff Marchiafava). It is an important feature
because it provides front page exposure and potentially a much bigger audience
for the bloggers highlighted each week. Blog Herding has evolved to include
user reviews, podcasts and community events.
Game Informer Newsletter - The
Game Informer newsletter is a weekly email disseminated to thousands of subscribers,
typically late Friday or early Saturday. A copy of the newsletter is posted on
the website and is updated each week. You can find it here. The newsletter is
created by the staff. I'm not familiar with the internal process used to
develop and disseminate the newsletter. It could be created by monkeys sitting
behind typewriters or it could be reviewed and approved by Andy McNamara. I'm
guessing the duty is entrusted to Jeff Marchiafava as I do know Jeff
Marchiafava has a role in its creation. Beyond that, I am unaware of the
specifics. Monkeys using typewriters would be kind of cool though. The
newsletter is a recap of the top stories and best articles from the week. At
the end of the newsletter there is typically a section reserved for the
community blogs from the week and it almost always includes three blogs picked
from the ones featured in Blog Herding.
If you didn't read all of that because you thought it was too long - here is
I post blog herding every week.
The GI staff picks three blogs out of blog herding and put them in the
You can see why getting featured in the newsletter is kind of a big deal.
Something you wrote is getting emailed to thousands and thousands of potential
readers. Sure, some people get the newsletter emailed to them and delete it
without opening it. Others may skim the content and not click on a single link.
Some may only read the articles and news stories posted by the staff. A few may
even look at the community blogs featured at the end of the newsletter. For
every person who saw your blog listed in the newsletter and clicked the link
that is another reader you wouldn't have gotten unless you were featured.
Sure, that's one way of looking at it.
Or, you could realize that...
A) An actual member of the Game Informer staff read your blog and...
B) Liked it enough to feature it in the official Game Informer newsletter.
Well, when you look at it like that, you should be proud to be featured in
the newsletter. It's quite an accomplishment.
We all know there are 52 weeks in a year and if the newsletter was indeed
sent out weekly then there would 52 newsletters to pull data from. But when you
take into consideration the holidays and a few technical difficulties
experienced earlier in the year, there were actually only 48 newsletters sent
out. We also know I said there were always three blogs featured in each
episode, so if you multiply 48 times 3, you get 144.
That's right - 144 community blogs were featured in the newsletter. Some
members (a majority of members) were only featured once while others were
featured multiple times. If you examine the 144 times members were featured in
the newsletter, you would discover that 73 different bloggers were featured in
The breakout looks something like this:
Featured one time: 49 members
Featured two times: 9 members
Featured three times: 7 members
Featured four times: 2 members
Featured five times: 1 member
Featured six times: 1 member
Featured seven times: 0 members
Featured eight times: 3 members
Now, if you took the time to add all of those numbers up,
you would see it only totals 72; and you know I just said there were 73
different bloggers featured in the newsletter. Well, the one person that is
missing is the one person who was featured the most...the one and only person to
be featured in double digits. But I'll come back to that in a minute. First, I'd
like to share who the members that were featured four times or more.
It probably won't be a surprise, but they are...
8 - Marco Polo
8 - thegodofwine7
8 - Tim Gruver
6 - Josh Straub
5 - Cameron Koch
4 - markus1142
4 - Theora Craft
And now the winner, weighing in at an astounding 13 blogs featured
in the Game Informer newsletter for calendar year 2013, its none other than
You can find all of LetMeGetToACheckpoint's blogs right here.
I remember the days of being featured in the newsletter, so
I know what a great feeling it is...a real sense of accomplishment. For those of
us who enjoy writing, it might not be the same as actually being published but
it is certainly a step in that direction. I congratulate all my fellow bloggers
on a productive year and a job well done.