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The Top 45 Black Gate Posts in October

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

conan-24-the-song-of-red-sonja-smallOctober was the most active month in the history of the Black Gate blog, breaking every traffic record on the books. The month’s top articles were accessed some 10,000 times each, and our new line of weekly Black Gate Online Fiction kept our webserver working overtime.

The most popular fiction posted at Black Gate in October was:

And the top articles of the month were:

  1. Art of the Genre: Top 10 Hawt Fantasy Artists
  2. Art and Argument in Arts of Dark and Light
  3. Teaching and Fantasy Literature: Hazards of Teaching Cool Stuff You Love in a Classroom
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs on to Return as Conan
  5. In Defense of Red Sonja: Not the Female Conan
  6. Popular Marketing Mistakes: Cannibalism
  7. Black Gate Online Fiction: “The Whoremaster of Pald
  8. In Defense of Red Sonja: The Chain Mail Bikini
  9. The Nightmare Men: “Master by Name Master by Number”
  10. Mystery 101: Books to Die For is a Complete Course in Mystery Fiction
  11. Melinda Snodgrass Discusses Android Slavery: Why Vampires Would be Lawyers and Dressage Riding an Audio Interview
  12. In Defense of Red Sonja: The Vow
  13. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
  14. Black Gate Online Fiction: “The Duelist
  15. Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter Scandal and New Album
  16. Adventures in Stealth Publishing: The Return of the Sorcerer
  17. Goth Chick News: Fear, Nudity, and More Seasonal Fun
  18. Black Isle Resurfaces
  19. Goth Chick News: Harry Potter gets Horny
  20. The Business of Writing: Joining the Community
  21. The Paris Fashion Week of Fantasy Games Part II
  22. Joyce Carol Oates Gothic Quintet Bellefleur
  23. Evangelizing for Pulp Fiction
  24. Joyce Carol Oates Gothic Quintet Part II: A Bloodsmoor Romance
  25. Black Gate Online Fiction: “The Quintessence of Absence”
  26. Hawkmoon Gets Some Respect with Tor Reprints
  27. Teaching and Fantasy Literature: Before They Even Get to the Invented Languages
  28. Win a Free Copy of A Magic Broken
  29. A Review of Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1950
  30. Goth Chick News: Disposing of Real Vampires: A Historical Tutorial
  31. Why I Stopped Reading Granta
  32. Rediscovering the Joy of the Boxed Adventure
  33. Weird Tales 360 Arrives This Week
  34. Black Gate Online Fiction: “A Phoenix in Darkness” by Donald S. Crankshaw
  35. New Treasures: Ashen Stars by Robin D Laws
  36. National Novel Writing Month a Five Year Veterans View
  37. Black Gate Online Fiction: Reviews of “The Duelist”
  38. Cover Your Naked Books Please
  39. The Paris Fashion Week of Fantasy Games
  40. Guardup Kickstarter
  41. Joyce Carol Oates: Gothic Quintet Part III: Mysteries of Winterthurn
  42. Vintage Treasures: Tales of Time and Space
  43. New Treasures: The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong.
  44. Arthur Machen and The Great God Pan
  45. Vintage Treasures: World of Wonder edited by Fletcher Pratt
  46. Vintage Treasures: Hong on the Range by William F. Wu
  47. Discover the Secret History of World War II in Achtung Cthulhu
  48. Black Gate Online Fiction: “The Daughter’s Dowry”

The Top 40 Black Gate blog posts in September are here.


  1. 10,000 times? Wow. I hadn’t guessed The disparity between the number of comments in each thread and the number of readers is mind-blowing. I had sort of gotten used to the idea of 50,000 people a month skimming over the opening paragraph of my post, pre-cut, but I’m not sure what to do with the idea that my best posts now get 65,000 skimmers plus 10,000 clickers.

    Did you know that, when a Poet Laureate of the United States publishes a new volume of poetry with a major house such as, say, Farrar Strauss Giroux, the book is considered a roaring commercial success if it sells out a print run of 6,000 copies? Okay, it surely matters that nobody has to pay hardcover book prices to read a blog. Even so, I’m disoriented.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - December 1, 2012 11:08 pm

  2. Sarah,

    Yeah, there’s a definite disparity between viewers and commenters. For example, our top September article was read 11,895 times, and received only 11 comments.

    There’s also a fair gap between the very top articles and the rest of those in the Top 10. In October, for example, the top article was read 8,174 times; number 2 was 7,403; number 3 was only 5,511.

    Also remember that for security purposes, you have to create a Black Gate log-in to comment. We had some 80,000 visits last month, yet only 13,178 total registered readers.

    That’s not really a bad number, but it gives you an idea of what you true core audience is – those who read and comment.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 2, 2012 5:23 pm

  3. That’s much less disorienting. My most-read blog post in any given month still has fewer readers than the latest volume by Billy Collins. Cosmic order is restored.

    Thank you for the number-crunching and general demystification. I’m still learning my way around.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - December 2, 2012 10:58 pm

  4. John – You should recruit Justin Bieber to blog here. That’d put the Poets Laureate in their places.

    Comment by markrigney - December 3, 2012 12:24 am

  5. Mark,

    Well, I dunno. Now that Bieber’s been surpassed by Gundam Style as the top YouTube video of all time, that seems a little behind the curve.

    I’ve put in a call to PSY’s people — I’ll let you know how that turns out.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 3, 2012 2:19 am

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