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A Sudden Spike

By Shamus
on Friday Jul 6, 2007
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I’d love to know where this came from:


My referrers is pretty much made up of the usual suspects. RPG.net. GitP. Home on the Strange. Den Beste. Also, Netvibes, Stumbleupon, et al.

I’ve gotten some visitors from Buzz.mn, which I think is mostly due to me leaving comments at Lilek’s new blog. The biggest referrer is Bloglines, but that is most likely people coming here via their RSS aggregate-o-tron. This means that Bloglines probably isn’t a source of new readers, but an entry point for existing ones. For reasons I can’t comprehend, Livejournal doesn’t even make the top 20. Over half my readers are from LJ, and they are more prone to share a link than just about anyone else. I can only assume the way LJ gives everyone a subdomain (someuser.livejournal.com) diffuses the apparent incoming links.

Anyway, I still can’t see a reason for the spike in traffic. I know no one person knows the answer, but if you’re a new reader (or, now that I think of it, not new) I’d love to know how you found me. I’m very curious what let to the above spike. (Note that the spike is more extreme than it seems – I took the image about five days from the end of June.)

Comments (135)

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  1. Robert says:

    I forget where I saw your comic referred to, but I think it was linked by one of my LiveJournal friends. It’s bookmarked now, so I just go there in the morning before reading the news.

  2. phlux says:

    I would bet that someone started a “forward this funny email” thread with one of your comics and a link attached. It’s amazing how fast and far those things travel.

    Your direct link might also have ended up on geek email newsletters or something, also.

  3. João says:

    I think I followed a link from another blog… it’s been a while so I don’t remember. These days I come here from the RSS feed, I have that in Google Reader.

    Came for the Comic, stayed for your posts :D

    PS: By the way, my name will probably test your blog’s hability to handle foreign characters :-P

  4. Renacier says:

    I ran into a friend on the street and he said “Hey check out this web page.” Sort of an analog link, if you will.

  5. Matt Goodman says:

    I saw several refs to DMotR in Live Journal in May, and then I told a bunch of my non-LJ friends who also then read the whole thing.

  6. Vegedus says:

    I remember quite clearly. I was visiting the official Bioware website, which isn’t something I do often to begin with, if ever, and they had a poll that went something like “What is your favorite webcomic?”. I choose one, and then looked at the other, since I figured they had to be pretty good webcomics to appear in a poll like that. DM of the Rings were in it, for whatever reason and being a DnD nerd, the name caught my eye. So I checked it out. Read through the archives, checked for updates, and began reading the rest of the blog.

  7. Fickle says:

    I was linked to DMotR over at JournalFen, then posted a Link of the Day entry over at my journal that featured DMotR, then my flist started to spread it on as well. Viral!

    Currently, I’ve got a syndicated feed of your blog on my livejournal flist, so I just click that to get here. I think you’re probably right about the subdomains killing the impact of the livejournal users.

  8. Zikkurat says:

    Found you some weeks ago through a LotRO-Europe thread, where one of your tremendously funny DMotR comix was linked.

    Well, next thing I know is that your side was in my RSS feed and I spend hours and hours reading the archive. I really like your rants and thoughts and DMotR never failed to make me grin.

  9. Cheesemaster says:

    Like probably most of your current readers, I got in through DMotR, which I found through a comic search site, can’t remember which one.

  10. Shinjin says:

    Someone posted a link a few months back at http://www.octopusoverlords.com (a primarily PC gaming forum) and I followed.

  11. AdaMM says:

    google reader now – and the original post with the link was in the beginning of may on a czech blog. when i bookmarked it on delicious, i saw i’m surely among a huge crowd :)

  12. Jonny says:

    I’m a new reader, and I came via the Fear the Boot tabletop RPG podcast. And like some other readers, I came for the comic and stayed for the posts.

  13. Christopher says:

    It was your Fear the Boot interview for me. They were getting such a kick out of DMotR, I thought I’d check it out. Been here ever since.

  14. Jonny says:

    Apparently their forwarding is down, so my link to Fear the Boot didn’t work. So here’s a working link: http://feartheboot.libsyn.com/

  15. Anonymous Botch says:

    Word of mouth for me. A friend sent me a link to DMotR. Been a regular visitor for comic and in general for a couple of months.

  16. JB says:

    I found you through StumbeUpon…I think.

    I’ve been reading for a while. Love the site! The comic, the writings, the old campaign….pretty much inclusive really! Keep up the good work so I’ll have something to read.

  17. Craig says:

    Google Reader now, originally I think it was one of your programming links (the elevation one perhaps) I saw on digg, or somewhere else, or it might have just searching through google.

  18. Al says:

    I like OOTS. And a Co-worker told me that that this comic was similarly funny last may. So I hooked it up to my RSS feed and have been keeping track ever since.

  19. Jason says:

    Word of mouth… I was referrerd by one of my friends, and through the Majikqal Powers of Google, I tracked the site down.

  20. Maxie Zeus says:

    I’m one of the guys who followed a link you left at buzz.mn. Pure serendipity. I rarely read comments, and I think this might only be the third time in five years that I’ve followed a link someone left in a comment section. I’m very glad I did, though. I’ve got you bookmarked now, and I hit your site every time I open my daily bookmark folder in tabs.

  21. Knastymike says:

    Another one through LiveJournal.

  22. James says:

    Referral from a friend a couple weeks back. Went through the archives, and have been checking the site daily since.

  23. Jeremiah says:

    There’s a forum for local gamers I visit a lot. A while ago someone made a post talking about webcomics, and eventually someone posted a link to DMoTR. Now, I read everything you post.

  24. David says:

    I first came here when DM of the Rings was featured on Attack of the Show. Then I discovered the section on the D&D campaign, got hooked and bookmarked the page. I’m still stuck on the comic, but I love reading the posts on RPGs.

  25. Mordaedil says:

    I actually came here through the Neverwinter Nights 2 forums. But that was mostly someone using one of your blogs as an example of why she/he didn’t like NWN2.

  26. Elentir says:

    I found your link on our LOTRO Kinship forum.

  27. Dan says:

    Word of mouth, and I subscribe to your feed now. I’ve gone through your archives and “Best of” posts. Of course, also have read each comic.

  28. MOM says:

    You told me about it.

  29. DB says:

    I think I must have seen it in a forum post, but I can’t recall which.

  30. asterismW says:

    I was referred to it by the wonderful people over at Rinkworks. I found the comic hilarious, even though I’ve never played a single roleplaying game in my life, and once I got caught up, I started reading your other posts. Love the site!

  31. nerdpride says:

    Ummm. At least a couple months ago. There was probably a thread about this in the giantitp.com forums. I went there for Erfworld.

  32. Matt says:

    Through stumbleupon, months ago. As far as stories go, stumbleupon is kind of a boring one.

  33. Joe says:

    Hmmm… April 4th was a good day for RPG comics. A friend from college sent a link ([url]http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=1061[/url]) to a mailing list I’m on (it’s a very niche list: People who had user accounts on the UF VAX during the ’90s or so) saying “I swear I’ve gamed with these guys before” The same day, xkcd had a very funny RPG-related comic ([url]http://xkcd.com/c244.html[/url]. I haven’t entirely gone through the DMotR archive yet, but I have been a regular reader of the blog ever since.

  34. GuardianLurker says:

    I was referred by a friend. But your DMotR is mentioned prominently over on the WotC forums (Redegar’s Repository) in a thread about running a 3e LotR campaign. I believe I’ve also seen it pop up on ENWorld. Those may be your usual suspects though.

  35. Otus says:

    I ran across it from (I think) one of your comments on a James Lileks article on buzz.mn.

  36. clodia says:

    I’m pretty sure I got here off of a Ferrett recommendation.

  37. julie says:

    I “discovered” DMoR in December and told a bunch of friends about it at that time. Once I was all caught up, I stopped reading for a few months, then came back in late May to catch up again. (I like to read a lot at a time, rather than just one every few days.) At that time, I told all those original friends about it again, plus a few more people. I was even more enthusiastic the second time because I was amazed that the quality hadn’t suffered at all and you hadn’t run out of ideas. I also started reading the rest of your blog around that time too and was recommending the whole thing, not just the strip.

  38. Jimmie says:

    I found your site thanks to the mind control rays from the satellite you have in orbit…err…was I not supposed to say that?

    Nodwick! I’m pretty sure I found you through a link from Aaron Williams.

    That or the atellite-say. *wink wink*

  39. Strangeite says:

    I found your website about nine months ago after a referral for the DM of the Rings on the Castlemolds forum. If you haven’t checked out Bruce’s molds, you really should. They are of excellent quality, the mold community is very active and you can make amazing scenery for role playing games.

    Since that time, I have been sending more and more people your way. Thanks for helping make the internet an even more additive place.

  40. Word of mouth (well, over messenger, but same thing) for me, but then I started reading about a month and a half ago

  41. Kristin says:

    Older brothers are wonderful people. They share hilarious webcomics.

  42. lynn says:

    I think I found you through a posting at rec.arts.comics.strips in March.

  43. TheRedTide says:

    I’m another one of those guys who saw you on Attack of the Show.

  44. Matt says:

    I found your site through journalfen a few months back. I’ve also seen it mentioned elsewhere.

  45. Templar says:

    I wandered over because someone i play “Lord of the Rings Online” with, posted a link to our Kinship/guild forums.

    As i recall, i think i’ve also seen a link posted to the official Turbine forums for the game too… but it could have just been the Euro-forums as another reader posted above.

  46. mos says:

    I came here from Sensible Erection (totally not worksafe, but a great community blog nontheless). Your entry.

  47. Eric J says:

    I think I found you from a DenBeste link, though I’m not sure because I don’t read him very often.

  48. Jag Dell says:

    Heck Shamus, the creators of D&D 3.0 read your comic and have talked about it on their message boards.

  49. milw770 says:

    I got my link in email from a friend, and I…CAN’T…STOP…READING…TOO…MUCH…FUNNY.

    As for your post about others not doing the same scheme for other movies…it’s because your loyal readers are dreaming of what you’ll do when this movie ends. I’m thinking Arby’s…no something else entirely. Indiana Jones maybe? Diehard? Oh, so many cheesy movies for Shamus to GM.

  50. Stargazer88 says:

    The husband-to-be implied that reading Twenty Sided was a prerequisite … I’ve been ready daily ever since! That would have been March 2007. I’m loving it!

  51. LethalSpoon says:

    Well, I have bee reading here for a long time….but I’m pretty sure I got here through StumbleUpon.

  52. cdi says:

    On June 7th one of the rec.games.roguelike.nethack (r.g.r.n.) regulars posted a YANR (yet another nethack reference) article linking to the comic strip titled “Hack, and also Slash”.

    For what it’s worth, r.g.r.n gets a great deal of traffic. Google groups lists 1,325 subscribers, and that’s probably a small fraction of the audience. As far as I can tell, most regulars access r.g.r.n. via a more traditional usenet newsfeed.

    There’s also been some DMotR chatter in various nethack-related IRC channels.


  53. Ian says:

    wildweasel posted a link to DMotR on his Blaugh! a while back and, well, here I am. Originally, I just checked this site for the comic, but sometime around April or May-ish I mainly checked it to read the blog itself.

  54. Gary says:

    I found out about this place from a good friend that I work with. I then spread the word to all my friends. Then I posted a link on a fantasy writer’s forum I visit at Runboard.com, then at least one of those people I told put it on their blog as so on and so forth. (I posted the link at the end of May or beginning of June)

  55. Morpheus says:

    I followed a link from Den Beste a looooong time ago.

  56. I’m a new reader this month, and I got referred to DM of the Rings by a gaming friend. I liked it, so I read the rest of it and stuck around. I doubt I’m single-handedly responsible for the spike, but I’ve been pretty much working my way through the entire archive.

  57. trigear says:

    I was searching for help with campaign building. That led me to your documented campaign, which then led me to your general blog, and your comic.

  58. Dagrim says:

    I don’t remember exactly where I came to your site from, but I read Home on the Strange, so that seems likely.

  59. John says:

    ENWorld and LiveJournal here. I have a link to DMotR in my .sig for ENWorld and in my favorite links on LJ.

  60. Dave says:

    I came to the site when it was posted in chat regarding DMotR. There’s about 3-5 of us at least that now follow the comic regularly. While checking for updates I’ve read some of the other blogs that have cought my eye and now I find myself checking the site just about every day.

  61. Sammi says:

    I got the link from my husband, then promptly pointed nearly everyone I knew to it ;)

  62. BlueFaeMoon says:

    I got here through one of your posts at buzz.mn. I immediately emailed the link to my son (who was sitting at the computer next to me) and he immediately emailed it to his dad (who uses the same computer). I’m pretty sure my husband emailed it to all of his D&D buddies. I have no idea who they have emailed it to. It has fanned out a bit though!

    This was about a month ago. So yeah, it fits in with your stats. :)

  63. phraktyl says:

    I found this comic through a geeky comics thread on SuicideGirls.com a few months ago.

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