So this weekend I decided to test out a little theory of mine to see what the read/review ratio was on my fic. I've always wondered how many people actually read a fic, as compared to how many review - I know for a fact that I'm terribly guilty at times of failing to review, though I'm trying to improve, and I assume this counts for everyone else.
The reason I'm posting my findings is not because I want to make a big stink or anything, but because I thought other people might be interested too. Certainly my peeps at merlinmeet
expressed an interest at the weekend, so here we are :)
On Sunday, four days after the fic was first posted, I placed a non-obtrusive hit-counting script on the fic page so that I could see how many people opened the webpage. (If you're interested, I used Statcounter.com
to do this.) Since Sunday, I have received something like six reviews; however, the page has received 248 hits at last count.
So in three days, that means that only 2.41% of those accessing the page reviewed.
Of course, some of these may have disliked the fic, or the summary, or the pairing, and hit the back button, not read the fic at all; some may have finished it, but not liked it enough to review; others may have internet arrangements which mean they cannot review for whatever reason. Like I said, I'm not trying to stir up shit, I just think it's interesting.
It's an ego boost, anyway, seeing how many people have clicked over to my fic. And I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't like it if that percentage was higher, but what fic writer wouldn't?
I think I'll do the same on future fics to see if that percentage holds true if you take into account all the hits from the first posting of the fic, and get a more averaged result. Would people be interested in seeing the results? If so, I'll post them, but maybe I'm just a statistics geek.
ETA: HTML-fail fixed.