Every coin has its flip side, and so too does this. If we covered the top five most viewed posts yesterday, then it must be time to look now at the least viewed. Certainly that’s what the originator of this now blogger meme — SDWeasel — thought.

The first four are all tied for first equal with a whopping 3 views. Yep. These are all rookie numbers. And in fact, scanning through the bottom posts, I could equally have labelled this post ‘Things that I wrote when I was new’. For context to the dates below, Time to Loot was born Jan 20th, 2019 into a frenzy of hype, hope, and bold text.

Top Five Least Viewed Posts

  1. What do??? (3 views)
    Three views and seven comments? How does that work? Oh — it was a back and forth between Isey and I. Chances are high all three of those views are in fact, Isey. (My views don’t count.) In terms of the post itself; I needed to fill in a whopping nine days between the point in time of that post and Anthem’s early access, and I wondered what I might fill that time with. It was published February 6th, 2019, so a very early post for me indeed. :)
  2. Iteration within the Tomb Raider Series (3 views)
    April 20th, 2019 for this one — it came rather hot on the heels of my finishing Tomb Raider (2013) as a commentary on just how much had changed in the sequel, while still maintaining the core gameplay experience they’d set out to create with the 2013 reboot from just 2-years earlier.
  3. Wild Speculation Time: Anthem will have an NPC Mission System (3 views)
    ….Hahahaha. Oh boy. No… No this wasn’t the case. I still wonder whether it might have been the intent though, then their development hell on the title lead to it being cut. In any case, this one was posted Feb 3rd, 2019 — and in it I say, “Yet, surely there will be some surprises that BioWare has been keeping close to their chest?” Oh boy was there ever… Just not the kind we expected. ;)
  4. A New Anthem Demo Approaches (3 views)
    Less than a day stood between this post — Feb 1st, 2019 — and the second and final demo weekend of Anthem prior to the early access launch on Feb 15th. It’s interesting to see just how far interest in this post dropped even relative to the first demo weekend (with an at the time, whopping 17 views!) — at the time I put this down to the fact with the first demo we still had a great deal of uncertainty as to what would be included, what we would have access to, how Javelin unlocks would work, etc. So a collection of fact with sources from Dev tweets etc was a much more useful prospect. That’s probably still actually correct; but I wonder if there was some ‘walk away’ effect even after the first go-round?
  5. The Time for Talk is Over (6 views)
    You know — sometimes you just get attached to some of your own posts more than others. They’re not like Children, I think it’s OK to openly have favourites. I wouldn’t call these early Elder Scrolls Online posts my most favourite posts ever but they are amongst the earliest I have. They have stuck with me, and unlike some posts whereupon rediscovery I’m surprised to see them — these ones I’ve remembered.

    They were simply a chronicling of my time heading back to ESO on a fresh character, and I ended up getting three parts done before Anthem came in and took over. This particular one was the second part of the three and was published Feb 15th, 2019.

    Reading over it again, I think the reason I loved this set of posts so much was that it is (possibly still to date!) the closest I’ve come to recapturing the essence of the writer’s voice I had developed on earlier blogging projects.

    The series in full was:

Wrapping Up

So that’s me! My five least viewed posts (plus a few other bits here and there).

I could happily let most of these posts sit where they are as the lowest viewed five; finding your footing with a new blog is just something that takes time. Early on, any post that had 20 or more views was fantastic to my eye. That number has since lifted to 50 and my hope is that one day I’ll be able to raise that expectation to 100. For now though, I would say less than a quarter of my posts have met that 50+ mark — despite what a look at the top five most viewed might suggest.

I think part of the trick to my continued motivation here with Time to Loot is that there is less weight put on external metrics like this. Not none. I definitely look at my stats. I couldn’t pretend for a moment that I “don’t care” about them, because I do.

But far more important to me is the chronicling aspect; the ability to look back on times past. The successes and the follies. Heck, even just to see what might’ve interested me at some time or another.

I will still absolutely experiment around with making posts entertaining and bringing people in; but this is sort of a side goal. Luckily; it isn’t mutually exclusive with my own goal by any stretch. :)

If I might leave you with a request though? If you have even a passing interest in ESO — take a look at the three ESO posts linked under #5 above? I’m curious whether that sort of posting and story telling is of interest to you.

Thanks, and take care all! We’re certainly living in interesting times at the moment, that’s for sure.


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Jeromai · May 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm

It’s fun to re-read early posts. Sometimes there’s an essence of rawness, emotion or sheer muse-like inspiration that one can’t seem to recapture, sometimes it’s nice to see how far one has moved on since then. Either way, there’s change and it’s been recorded in writing.

I had a look at the ESO posts, even though I don’t play ESO. I love Let’s Plays and game chronicles of all sorts, it gives a window onto a world which one doesn’t have time for. If you want to experiment with more first-person storytelling, it could be a fun variation in styles too. The only thing I’d note is that is that I felt a little lost when reading the linked posts, possibly because I don’t play ESO and that particular style seems to zig zag rather abruptly with game-specific terms and topics. It’s probably just early writing, I get the distinct sense your voice was developing, the Naithin-style humor is evident for sure. :)

For what it’s worth, I think it’s always worth experimenting and changing things up from time to time, so that most importantly, the blog writer doesn’t get bored with themselves. The readers can cope, or at worst, just not read if they don’t care to.

    Naithin · May 3, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to go back and look Jeromai, I really appreciate it. :)

    Aye, very early writing indeed. And I think that’s still the case even now in the grand scheme of things.

    And like you say, it is really quite the thing to be able to go back and see early posts, where you’ve come from and what stylistic and content changes you’ve made over time. Some make me laugh, some cringe a little — some things I’m glad to have moved on from, others I might try to bring back again.

    Anywho, thank-you again for looking and the feedback. I remember (in the first post, at least) trying to keep it fairly accessible even to those who may not have played — but reviewing now in light of your feedback, I can certainly see a few spots that could have been better in that regard.

    MMOs tend to lend themselves best to this sort of narrative story-telling I think. And even then, only some. Or maybe more in the play style? I’m playing WoW again at the moment for instance — and I could potentially see that sort of story telling working again for leveling. But in terms of gearing up? Raiding? Dungeoning? Might be a bit of a stretch. Not that posts aren’t possible — just possibly not of that style.

Paeroka · May 3, 2020 at 10:24 pm

I especially liked the first ESO post there. A light-hearted and witty look at the game, very entertaining to read. :)

    Naithin · May 3, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks Pae, glad you enjoyed it. :)

Bhagpuss · May 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

I just read (or probably re-read, although I don’t clearly remember them) the ESO posts and I agree with everything jeromai said. I love reading playthroughs, especially when they’re written with some wit. Now that Tipa’s back in the blogging fold we have a shining example of how to do it right. I like writing them, too, but mine tend to be spradic and usually they underpin some point I’m trying to make rather than just existing for themselves.

I just wish I liked ESO more. You make it sound a lot more interesting than it ever seems to be when I actually play it. Every time i read something like this I feel the urge to patch the game up and give it another go but then i remember how tedious I found it the last time and the urge goes away.

On the subject of blog stats and their importance, I am in two minds. I think that if I had data I trusted, as most WordPress bloggers seem to, I’d pay it a lot of attention. I used to look at my Blogger stats closely when they made sense but they’ve been incomprehensible for so long now, I can genuinely say I scarcely even look at them any more. For the last three years or so really my only “stat” has been how many comments i get on each post. I watch that like a hawk and get quite miffed if I go three or four posts with no feedback.

Even comments, though, aren’t a reliable guide becuase I’ve had plenty of comments about how hard it is to comment, something I experience frequently on other blogs. It’s not uncommon for me to write a whole comment and then find I can’t post it to some blog or other, even after re-trying several times and there are blogs where I’ve had to make new accounts with social media just to get them to recognize me so I can comment. It’s entirely possible to have avid readers hanging on your every post and for them to be completely invisible, inaudible and uncountable. Best just to ignore it all and post as and when you want, I think.

    Naithin · May 3, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    I swear, comment (and more generally, feedback) issues are my bane it seems. Had report of another issue come through recently, where even though commenting via WordPress.com account is possible here; if you comment directly via my page any replies I make are not notified back to the commentor.

    If they drop the comment instead via WordPress Reader everything seems fine. I don’t know how long this has been an issue for, but I wonder if it kicked in after I finally managed to fix the issue of the like button just not showing up intermittently.

    In any case! Thank-you for taking a look at the ESO posts and your feedback. I guess in terms of its combat, I think it certainly starts to feel better a few upgrades for skills in. You start getting more interesting skill interactions going on and the like. But certainly it isn’t… the best combat system ever. I think the limitations imposed on the game by power of the fact they want it playable via a controller show through. Although there are more issues than just that, too!

screenstreams · May 4, 2020 at 5:40 am

I’m learning to be less obsessed with counting views because it’s just not healthy, and posts like these really help!

    Naithin · May 4, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Glad it helps, Jack. :)

    At the risk of spawning a blog post in the comments, something that has me curious here — how are you finding tying your blog identity and blogger identity so closely together?

    It strikes me as less a blog thing and more a magazine publication style thing to do, but then with the content you cover this might be for the best. Entirely unsure, but very curious how you’ve been finding it. :)

      screenstreams · May 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

      I find it so much more organic and I couldn’t imagine writing any other way now, oddly enough!

      When I started out I wrote without an identity or a face, as though I were a broad spanning media website. And I kinda hated it. I decided to inject a bit of my personality into my posts and it’s just so refreshing and a hell of a lot more fun.

      Odd that you think it’s less of a blog thing to do (in my opinion), I find blogs are usually tied to the writer behind them!

        Naithin · May 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

        Sorry, my query wasn’t very clearly worded — I meant it struck me as more a magazine style thing to do to put less of the personal identity forward. But you know what I’d missed entirely?

        The Author blurb you have on the sidebar where you DO have a lot of info about you, name etc.

        At first I looked around the posts themselves, and then even on the About page where there is a sense of the identity being the blog first and foremost, and you as a person second (if at all).

        Perhaps a remnant of the original way you started out though?

        In any case, I think we’re actually saying the same thing on how much more organic it is to do this as a ‘person’ rather than a ‘place’. :)

          screenstreams · May 4, 2020 at 9:23 pm

          Ah right, I totally get you! Sorry I was too tired last night, haha!

          Yes, you’re right – I get that vibe! Looks as though I’ll need to update my ‘About’ page a bit today, haha! Definitely a remnant of times long since past. I’m aiming to write more personal update posts, but they always fall into the less-viewed part of my blog. But hey, I guess it doesn’t truly matter, right?

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