avengers: pepper

The AO3 Hits Meme

Why yes, I do look forward to posting this all year!


1. Six Scenes from the Life of a Bad Ass, Bald Navigation Officer - STXI, Ensign Darwin - 20,582 hits
How does a story about a non-speaking character climb to the top of my hit list? I hope it's because fandom likes ladies of color, and not because some weird spam bot keeps clicking on my story.

2. The Pregnancy Scare - MCU, Tony/Pepper - 13,989 hits
Does anyone else write random commentfic and wonder how it shoots up to the top of your hit list while stories you slave on for months stick stubborningly at, like, 100 hits?

3. Dating Older Men and Other Adventures in Growing Up - MCU, Darcy/Bruce - 8614 hits
It took me two years to write this so I'm really glad people read it.

4. Congratulations on an Excellent Kill - MCU, Natasha -7356 hits
Oh hai, more commentfic in my top ten list

5. The Right Thing in the Wrong way - MCU, Tony/Pepper - 5431 hits
This is my favorite Tony/Pepper story, and actually one of my favorite stories I've ever written. Finishing it took the better part of a year. I guess I lied when I said stuff I worked hard on never makes the top 10 list.

6. Introduction to Western Literature - MCU, Clint/Natasha - 5233 hits
Aw, I like this story! When I wrote it, it was the first story I'd written just for myself in a really long time. I'm happy people like it.

7. Someone I Used to Know - MCU, Tony/Pepper - 4907 hits
Oh look! More commentfic! I really like this one though.

8. Six Cities That Aren't Budapest - MCU, Clint/Natasha - 4590 hits
Yet more comment fic.

9. How to Win Friends and Influence People - MCU, Maria Hill - 4216 hits
Yay! Maria Hill is popular enough to be on the top 10 list. This isn't commentfic exactly, but I did write it in 3 hours, so it sort of is.

10. Logic Demands That You Take Off that Ridiculous Hat, Get Naked, and Come to Bed - STXI, Amanda/Sarek - 3866 hits
The lone holdout from my early STXI days. I suspect its days on the top 10 list are numbered.
I think that the 'hits' meme is kind of dead for me. There appear to be a couple of bots pointing to several of my fics, since they gained thousands of hits in the last couple of years, and not a single kudos or comment out of it. (And they weren't my best, but they weren't that bad.)

Plus one of 'my' top ten is a story that I only did the art for, but the actual author included me on the author list, so it's on my list.
You could always do a top 10 kudos meme instead, if you wanted to. I like this meme at least 50% because I like making lists of things.
Right now, my issue is writing out all the stats and such. No time!

(so tired...)
*beams a you*

AH, popularity. I know what you mean, how the randomest things can be so popular.
Aw, I love this meme too! I'm sad I can't do it any longer because it isn't accurate, bots got hold of several of my fics and keep adding fake hits to the hit count, increasing them by literally thousands. I suppose I could remove those fics completely from the list, though it makes me sad I'll never know their true stats. Actually I might do that just because I have so much fondness for this meme! *g*

I'm always bemused by what fics are received better, sometimes it's things I'm proud of and sometimes it's completely random ones!