Finally, we have hit 2021 and many people are glad to see the back of 2020 for all sorts of reasons. However, its time to take a look at a review of what happened on the ‘Downport in 2020 with a bit of statistical analysis and what articles were the most popular and some trends, compared to 2019.
In 2019, there were a total of 8079 page views from 3872 visitors. In 2020, there were a total of 13405 page views from 5410 visitors. This is an increase of 5326 page views and 1538 visitors, respectively. This is the largest number of views / visitors per year ever on the ‘Downport, for which I would like to pass on a huge ‘thank you!’ to all my visitors from around the world! In addition, there were a total of 83 likes and 50 comments, up again from 44 / 33.
Trends and Analysis
The last six months of the year (June to December 2020) there has been a noticeable and consistent increase in visitors which are easily over a thousand per month. The average for the year was 1117 per month, an increase even on the previous best year 2018 at 990.
Despite family matters having to take a priority at the start of 2020 (which were successfully managed and mainly resolved, thankfully) I was able to increase the number of articles I wrote, to 26, up from 15 in 2019.
The Top Ten Articles
Middle-popular reviews were made up from Independence Games / Stellagama Publishing / Zozer Games reviews plus old-school gaming features such as the ‘Sorcerers Cave 1978’, ‘Top Five Issues of White Dwarf’ or Laserburn scenarios.
My focus has certainly been on Cepheus Engine last year and this is reflected in the number of reviews and new products released by the aforementioned publishers. My prediction last year that the ‘Sword of Cepheus’ would be popular (due to the ‘Fantasy Traveller’ being top post) was borne out by this years results and was the front runner for the top post, until it was pipped to the post at the end of the year by the review of ‘Hostile’. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to write another CE ‘Fantasy Traveller’ article, nor add to my ongoing writing project and Classic Traveller didn’t get as much love as I would have liked.
Focus for the Coming Year
If the past year is anything to go by, again I’m not going to set targets, but just list a few areas that I would like to write at least one article for:-
Something for the ‘Fantasy Traveller’ series, either CE or CT.
Something for Classic Traveller.
A couple of articles for the Cepheus Journal (I’ve got at least one planned).
It will also be ten years since I launched this blog in March 2011, so I ought to do something to celebrate…
To round off then I would like to express my appreciation for all the support and feedback that visitors send in. I would also like to thank all the publishers and friends that support this blog by sending in products to review – it is very much appreciated. You have certainly helped me keep my marbles with everything going on in the world at the moment.
2021 certainly looks to be a challenge still due to COVID-19 so whatever you do or wherever you are in the world, please keep safe, look after yourselves and your family. Here’s to hoping that things will get better in the coming months.
My Vargr crewmate Luna has settled into shipborne life and has become a trusted member of the crew. She does like a little drop of the ‘grog however and can often be found spark out on a Saturday night at a starport bar.