I’m sure a lot of people have probably wondered what actually happens to a story when it’s featured on one of the weekly shelves. IF you’re like me, you probably wonder how many reads they get each day or if the payments program magically unlocks. @FallenAngelNight13 even once did a graph showing the read growth for stories that were on the Love Yourself shelf here back in May last year, which I found really interesting to read.
Anyway, I was one of the lucky ones to be featured on the At Your Door shelf two weeks ago and I was also crazy enough to track all the reads of my story and the stories I shared the shelf with so that I could present you all with this.
On the first page, it’s broken up to show everyone’s read counts. I was trying to make a log of it every four hours, but sometimes I slept so there’s a few 3am and 5:30am’s in there instead of the 4am I was aiming for. There was also one day where I dreamed that I woke up and wrote it down, but when I checked in at 8am, the whole column was blank. I also missed the final hour because I was out getting dinner and was too lazy to search up each individual story now that they weren’t all in the same spot.
The second page is, like, graph frenzy! And it is also the reason I’m posting this a week later because building graphs is time consuming. I did do a couple of versions without one story as that particular story had over 2 millions reads to start with, so the massive outlier made it really hard to tell what had happened to the other stories because it made their bars tiny
The third page was more just a personal interest thing. I’ve always been really proud of the stories I recommend. I feel like the majority of you who will read this probably already know that by now haha. And for the week that I was on the shelf, my profile avatar was dedicated to my recommendation shelf, so I wanted to see if by being on the shelf, I’d have enough power to get other stories read too. So on that third page, you can see what all the stories on my own shelf started with before I was featured and what they ended with after the shelf was taken down. I added notes to some of them- mostly because I feel like I can’t take credit for the reads gained on stories that consistently update. For the ones that haven’t been updated in a while, well, yeah… I feel like I may have had some sway there? I also made notes of ones that I specifically mentioned in my fanmail as I had a few readers message me asking for story recommendations wanting a certain type of story.
Feel free to discuss my findings. I could have probably done a lot more different graphs, but I had to control myself. There’s still quite a few conclusions that can be made based on this information anyway.
If anyone else has been featured, you’re welcome to share your own experiences (or graphs! Love me some more graphs). And if anybody ever gets the “we’re considering featuring you” email and wants to track their reads, I can easily turn my spreadsheet into a template for you to do this too.