Friday, May 31, 2013

May 2013 End Of The Month Report

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After a very slow start and exceptionally low productivity (work and preparations for my wife’s birthday ate up so much of my time this month!), the Blog rallied at the end of the month! Near the end of the month, we had a tremendous boost including the very best single day of the blog (we had more hits on May 29th than we did for the first two months of the blog combined!) and we almost duplicated that success today! The result is that May became the best month of hits for the blog so far and we outstripped the prior top month by several thousand hits here at the end! Very cool!

With Summer Blockbuster Season upon us, we have to hope that it keeps getting better!

This month at W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, there were three additions to the Top Ten Of All Time and a lot of movement in some of the others in the Top Ten and around them! This month, we put special emphasis on movie and television reviews, when we actually had the time to review, in addition to the new cinematic releases! Thanks for all the "likes" for those posts! As predicted, that meant that one of my favorite reviews, the concept piece on Star Trek: Machinations Of Doomsday did fall out of the Top Ten Of All Time listing!

Last month, we picked up a new subscriber! Thanks so much! We're thrilled to have more regular readers and we hope very much to keep growing that! We are always trying to get people to become regular readers and subscribe, so if you enjoy what you're reading, please subscribe by clicking on the right side of the blog to get updates with each posting. As well, if you read a review that really affects you, be sure to "share" it! PLEASE share a link to the blog, not the content of the article; this keeps people coming to the site and, hopefully, liking what they find once they are here! We're really looking to grow our readership this year, so sharing and subscribing to the blog is an important way you can help! If you’re subscribing, please tell your friends about the blog!

In May, the index pages were updated sporadically. Sorry about that, but with my new rhythm, I should be much more regular in June! The primary Index Page, which we try to update daily, lets you know what the featured review is and has an up-to-the-day tally of how many reviews have been reviewed in each category! Check it out!

If you enjoy the reviews, please consider clicking on the links in the reviews and purchasing items. Despite having so many more hits this month, revenues were down from those clicking through the links and making purchases. We really appreciate all the purchases made through the blog as that keeps us going. Thank you so much! By purchasing items through the links on the blog, you sponsor my ability to continue reviewing. Summer is a very slow time for online shopping through blogs, but I have a number of very cool annual events coming up that could use your support, from Summer Blockbuster Season to the Hallmark Ornament Release (which nets dozens of reviews and is a popular feature of this blog!). Please check out our sponsored links and thank you so much for that support!

At the end of May, I have reviewed the following:
450 - Book Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Star Trek Books
Graphic Novels
792 - Music (Album and Singles) Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Music Reviews By Rating (Best To Worst)
Music Reviews In Alphabetical Order
2266 - Movie and Television Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Movies By Rating (Best Movie to Worst)
Movies In Alphabetical Order
Best Picture Oscar Winner Film Reviews
Television Reviews
The Star Trek Review Index Page (All Star Trek Reviews In Order)!
The Star Trek Review Index Page (All Star Trek Reviews From The Best Of The Franchise To The Worst!)!
194 - Trading and Gaming Card Reviews
Gaming Cards Reviews
Star Trek Gaming Cards Reviews
Star Wars Gaming Cards Reviews
The Lord Of The Rings Trading Card Game Reviews
Other Gaming Cards Reviews
Trading Cards Reviews
659 - Toy and Christmas Ornament Reviews
with specialized pages for:
Ornament Reviews
Star Trek Toys
Star Wars Toys
Lord Of The Rings Toys
Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel Toys
Comic Book, Movie, Television Toys
Plush and Other Toys
675 - Food, Drink, And Restaurant Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Cheese and Meats
Ice Cream
Other Food
188 - Pet Product Reviews
Cat Product Reviews
Dog Product Reviews
Rabbit Product Reviews
107 - Travel Reviews
Destinations Reviews
Hotels Reviews
144 - Health And Beauty Product Reviews
155 - Home, Garden, Appliance and Tool Reviews
88 - Electronics, Computers, Computer Games and Software Reviews
28 - Other Product Reviews

The Featured Review For The Month for May is: Game Of Thrones Season Two!
Check it out!

The month of May had a lot of movement within the month and from some interesting prior reviews that made the list. For May, the Top Ten Reviews of the month were:
10. Star Trek: Machinations Of Doomsday< 9. Arrested Development - Season 4
8. Finish Quantum Powerball Dishwashing Blocks
7. The Top Ten Episodes Of Star Trek: Voyager
6. Superman Returns
5. The Dark Night Rises
4. Iron Man 3
3. Star Trek Into Darkness
2. Man Of Steel
1. Now You See Me

I pride myself on being an exceptionally fair reviewer, but one who is very discriminating. I believe that most reviewers are far too biased toward both what is current and toward unduly praising things. I tend to believe most things actually are average and they ought to follows something around a Bell Curve. Mine is a little lopsided, but not as lopsided as most reviewers I know (who would probably have peak numbers between ten and seven!

For my reviews, the current count is:
10s - 278 reviews
9s - 395 reviews
8s - 721 reviews
7s - 808 reviews
6s - 727 reviews
5s - 965 reviews
4s - 683 reviews
3s - 555 reviews
2s - 248 reviews
1s - 167 reviews
0s - 84 reviews
No rating - 43 articles/postings

There was a decent amount of movement this month, despite only one new entry into the Top Ten, and at the end of May, the most popular reviews/articles I have written are:
10. Prometheus
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
8. Man Of Steel
7. Beautiful Creatures
6. Iron Man 3
5. Now You See Me
4. Safe Haven
3. Oz The Great And Powerful
2. Warm Bodies
1. Tyler Perry's Temptation

Thank you again, so much, for reading! Please share links to the blog with friends and spread the word!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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