Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday to Flying Houses

It took you 15 months to get any kind of serious views.
Nobody came to visit you between April 2008 and July 2009
But then somehow, a bump happened.

That bump may have been my review of the Beautiful and Damned
by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Published May 6, 2009
This is the most popular post on Flying Houses by far at 821 views.

Here are the rankings:

#1: The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald (821 views)
#2: Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Continued (453 views)
#3: Lost...and Never Found - Anita Gustafson (358 views)

Well for some reason now I'm having difficulty typing.  

1 comment:

JK said...

I just wanted to say, I was having trouble typing in the post box for some reasons--those links were giving me problems...

So, I additionally wanted to point out what I think are some of the more overlooked post on Flying Houses in an attempt to show you arbitrary SEO can be:

Antichrist - Dir. Lars von Trier (16 views) (8/16/2010) (Written immediately after moving to Brooklyn)

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening (17 views) (5/30/2010) (A few possible reasons for this--#1 there were a million reviews of this online; #2 it might not have been that good of a review.)

J.D. Salinger - 1919-2010 (5 views) (1/28/2010) (Another example of the above--I was crowded out of the search engines...)

The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club (16 views) (1/18/10) (I think this is one of the overlooked posts on Flying Houses - I really do feel this is one of my best, and I am surprised it is so unpopular given the popularity of the Fall's Your Future Our Clutter review, which was not very well written, from what I recall...)

Franny and Zooey (29 views) (9/7/2009) (Another overlooked post, and another post on this list involving J.D. Salinger! Maybe there are too many other crazed fans writing about him to get any outside interest--but I do feel I bring a unique perspective to my reviews, and that this was one of my better ones.)

The Hurt Locker (2 views) (6/26/2009) (Okay, I'll admit I recall this one being poorly written as well--but you have to admit it's pretty amazing that the one movie I would review all year that I had actually seen advance at a premiere would go on to win Best Picture.)

Outliers (4 views) (5/15/2009) (Another example potentially of being crowded out - but ironic in light of its title.)

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks...(4 views) (1/31/2009)(I am very surprised about this one--but here it is important to start keeping this in mind: the blog did not get any hits, seriously, until July 2009--therefore all posts prior to then are much lower for some reason that I can't quite figure out...)

David Foster Wallace (1962-2008)(0 views)(9/16/2008)(Obituaries of writers are exceedingly unpopular I guess.)

Crossing California (3 views) (9/9/2008)(I spent a lot of time working on this from what I recall. And it was a popular book in Chicago. I guess I came too late to the party? Also I seem to recall this being one of my gayest reviews for some reason...)

Try (9 views) (5/15/2008) (For being listed as one of my favorite books on my profile, I am surprised it has gotten so few views--I thought I did a pretty good job on this review.)

Pale Fire (6 views)(4/3/2008)(Ditto for the above. The only Nabokov review with a pathetic total--though Annotated Lolita only has 22...)

This Side of Paradise (6 views) (4/4/2008)(Maybe I was writing poor reviews because I was spitting them out a day at a time, reviewing books I had recently gone through before starting Flying Houses...but I don't think this is a bad review at all...and it's especially shocking in light of the fact that FSF's follow-up to this volume holds the #1 spot in views, by a long shot.)