Superior Realities Top Ten Posts

Four years ago today, I launched Superior Realities as a way to show off my writing and share my love of all things nerdy. Since then, it’s been a fixture of my life, and while coming up with a new post every third day sometimes feels like a bit of a chore, I find it’s an experience that I have enjoyed on the whole, and I am surprised by how much I miss blogging when real life prevents me from posting.

Rather than a traditional anniversary post, I’ve decided to do a top ten list of the blog’s most popular posts over the last few years. This is based on the traffic stats WordPress provides.

10: Transmog Addiction, the Dire State of Raiding, and Becoming a Real Writer

My rogue in her first transmog setFrom what I’ve seen, most of this post’s popularity can be attributed to people looking up inspiration for transmog sets. I don’t really consider this a particularly memorable post myself.

9: TSW Solo Tips: Crafting Is Your Friend

The assembly window in The Secret WorldYou’ll soon notice a pattern in this list: My guides for the Secret World consistently rank among my most popular posts.

I am a little surprised this one doesn’t rank higher, as I think this is one of my better and more comprehensive guides, but I suppose crafting is a pretty small part of the game, so probably not too many people are looking for info on it.

8: The Secret World: Scenario Survival Guide + New Article

Caught in a dust storm during the Hotel scenario in The Secret WorldAnd again.

7: Review: “Sanctuary for None, Part Two” (Season Finale) + New Writing

Sanctuary logoThis is one post whose popularity I really don’t understand. It’s finally dropped off in the last year or so, but for most of my blog’s history, it’s been one of my top-performing posts almost every single day.

But I don’t know why. Sanctuary was never a very popular show — hence why this turned out to be its last ever episode — and I’m sure there are bigger sites doing reviews of it. Maybe I just accidentally hit on some perfect SEO formula?

It’s a mystery.

6: Blizzard 2011 Writing Contest Finalist: The Future of Lordaeron

Cover art for my fan fiction "The Future of Lordaeron"Long time readers of this blog may remember that I was one of the runner up prize winners in what turned out to be Blizzard’s last fan fiction contest.

If I may toot my own horn for a moment (get your mind out of the gutter), my story wound up getting far more attention than the actual winner — at least from what I saw. Certainly it got a lot more attention on the official forums, and I know my story went somewhat viral across the Warcraft community for a while.

This was not entirely happenstance. I deliberately chose a controversial topic — Sylvanas — and while most of the feedback was positive, I did succeed in badly upsetting a few fanatical Alliance fans, and I had no issues debating them endlessly to keep my story in the public eye.

I am an attention whore, and I feel no shame.

5: Is World of Warcraft Going Buy to Play?

Dance, cow, dance!This one’s popularity is mostly just down to good luck. I found it odd there was little discussion over this rather intriguing rumour (which turned out to not really be true, but it was fun while it lasted), so I sent Massively-that-was a tip about it, and they did an article on the topic with this post listed as a source.

Not sure why they bothered. MMO-Champion was the one who initially reported it.

But regardless, I’m glad they did, as their article — including the link to my post — went majorly viral, and I had the biggest traffic spike in this blog’s history. At the peak, I was getting nearly two thousand hits per day.

4: Review: The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

A map of Middle EarthThis is another one whose popularity I can’t explain. Obviously it was a very big movie, but I’m sure there are thousands of reviews on it across the web, many of them on better known sites than mine. Again, maybe I just hit on some magic formula of SEO without realizing it.

3: Female Armour: Just Say No to the Platekini (+ New Writing)

Anjali and Katarina show off their gear in Dungeon Siege IIII’d like to think this post’s popularity is due to a groundswell of feminist ideals and support for the dignity of female characters, but based on my analytics, most of its hits seem to come from people looking for pictures of scantily clad Blood Elves.

I don’t know why they don’t just go to a Rule 34 site like a normal person.

2: The Secret World: Solo Tips and Ugly Vampires

My Templar posing in The Secret World's Blue Mountain zoneAnd once again, we see the popularity of my TSW guides. My theory is that this is because TSW is just popular enough for there to be a lot of people looking for guides, but not a lot of places offering guides. It’s an under-served niche.

1: TSW Solo Tips: My Builds + New Article

My Dragon blasting zmeu with his quantum BRACE in The Secret WorldIt’s a bit of a shame that this is my all-time most popular post. Even among my various TSW guides, I think this is probably my least useful. Still has some value, of course, but my builds likely aren’t the best of the best, and even if they were, it would only be a drop in the bucket of what the game’s ability wheel can offer.

Also, I really need to get around to updating my Templar’s build in that post. She doesn’t even use hammers anymore.

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Here’s to four more years of ranting about Warcraft and reviewing obscure sci-fi shows.

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