Hundreds of Clicks and Views: A Small Victory

1279 people, all in all, have clicked on my 3 most popular articles at The people who actually read a good chunk of each of my 3 most popular articles: 668.

Every article I have ever written on this website adds up to 1408 clicks. Every thorough read I have gotten on this website: 771

These are small numbers by the internet or anyone’s standards, and a vine of Jenna Marbles burping would probably get more views. But this is the first time I have ever had my words read by hundreds of people, and as a normal 20 year old with a small circle of influence, that blows my mind. Hell, I’ve never had ANYTHING involving me affect hundreds of people. Even if that effect is something as small as 30 seconds reading material.

Most of these things were written quickly in one night (except for #1, which took 2 weeks of personally traumatizing, slow, excruciating research). The ratio of work to result amazes me, and gives me hope for my future career.

#1, to my surprise, is my story on the Langara assaults and offline security cameras, at 665 views . I was completely expecting this to become buried on the internet, no-one having read it. The stats seem to imply a balance between views on facebook through the langara hashtag, the vancouver subreddit, and even people emailing or sending the link to their friends on instant messaging. I’m glad people seemed to have cared about the importance of this unpleasant issue.

#2 Batman vs Superman movie attacked by hackers, 481 views. I was one of the first (maybe even THE first) to report on a twitter campaign of maybe hundreds of bot accounts insulting the Batman vs Superman movie, likely by pranking hackers. Thank you Jeff Asokan for tipping me off to it and doing the research. This article speaks to my mean side, as I’m glad I helped throw a wet fish in BatmanvSuperman director Zack Snyder’s incompetent face, however small.

#3: Walk Through Earthquakes Blindfolded, 133 views, a personal essay with a few journalistic facts about Vancouver area earthquakes from a UBC professor. I’m still amazed that 69 people read an overly long essay mostly meditating on the nature of my fear of earthquakes, the weird events that happened to me on the night the small earthquake hit, and stories from my personal history. Like, seriously, why would they do that? I know I’m a good writer, but come on.

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