At the end of the year I like to take stock of where Retrospace is at and where I'd like it to go over the next year. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how things are going. Although, I've recently suffered a few setbacks: both my record player and scanner broke. I've got stacks of records that demand ripping and piles of magazines that demand scanning, but all will have to wait till I get things fixed.
That is perhaps my biggest goal for '13 - to get to scanning. You would be surprised to know the amount of catalogs, TV Guides, magazines, and other ephemera that is just rife for the scanning. It pains me that I have a stack of National Lampoons and Sears Catalogs that have yet to lie face down on a scanner - a tragedy of epic scale. And don't get me started on the records that are waiting in the queue - a goldmine of vinyl begging to be released to the masses. 2013 will be their year, I feel confident.
I try not to spend too much time looking at this site's analytics. For those non-bloggers out there, that means analyzing the traffic that comes to Retrospace. Google provides a pretty detailed account of traffic sources, keywords, number of pageviews, etc. All in all, I suppose it's helpful, but I think my time is better spent actually creating posts rather than analyzing them.
Plus, it's pretty damn depressing.
Don't get me wrong - Retrospace gets a lot of traffic, and for that I am grateful. In fact, I probably don't want this site getting any 'bigger' than it is, lest I start to feel the pressure of a million eyes per day. No, I'm actually happy right where it's at.
So, why bitch about the analytics? Because you'll quickly learn that for every 1,000 readers coming to Retrospace for its content, there's 20,000 looking for boobs.
This is something I've whined about before, so I won't belabor the point. However, I would like to indulge those readers for a moment (albeit patronizingly) and provide an illustrated list of some of the top key words for 2012. In other words, here's the most popular search terms that brought folks to Retrospace this past year..... and, no, "intelligent historical and sociological commentary" is not one of them.
#13 - Spanking Comics
#54 - Spanking Cartoons
#61 - Spanking Comic
#3 - Spanking
#14 - Spanking Women
#19 - Spanked Women
#46 - Men Spanking Women
#64 - Spanking In The Movies
#70 - Spanking In Movies
I'm biting my tongue. I've bitched about this enough for one lifetime.
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#29 - Easy Rider Magazine Models
#50 - Biker Babes
#66 - Easyriders Magazine Girls
I got a notice from the publisher of Easyriders that I had to provide the copyright caption or remove the images. Seems totally fair. In fact, I've got to hand it to Easyriders for not being dicks about it and making me take them down outright.
#7 - Mini Skirt Monday
#12 - Miniskirt Monday
#49 - 70's Mini Dresses
#62 - Miniskirt Mondays
#84 - Mini-Skirt Monday
#94 - Miniskirt
#97 - Mini Skirt
#18 - Detective Magazine Covers
#56 - Detective Magazines
#45 - Eddie Mack Album Cover
#47 - Live At The Open Face Sandwich Club Eddie Mack
I've done a lot of cheesecake album cover posts. Odd that my biggest link is via Eddie Mack. Go figure.
#26 - Betty and Veronica Nude
#38 - Betty and Veronica Naked
Damn. I don't know whether to laugh or bow my head in shame.
#30 - Benny Hill Girls
#63 - Benny Hill
I haven't posted much on Hill's Angels; so, I find it a bit strange that its a top keyword. Then again, I haven't posted much on spanking, and you see how that turned out.
#44 - Porn Fashion
Then next bunch are searches of famous females. There's a ton. I probably could significantly increase my readership if I just did posts on hot actresses.....but that would get old in a hurry. Among the top searches were Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Emily Peden (The New Zoo Review), Erin Grey, and the following...
#25 - Barbara Eden
#39 - Heidi Saha
A very short post, but there's not a lot out there on Saha. So, I guess I ended up a common reference point.
#51 - Linda Thorson
#92 - Eve Plum Hot
Google links this search to a Wonder Woman episode post.
#24 - Anitra Ford
Interestingly, Anitra, herself, sent me a comment. I've contemplated doing interviews on Retrospace; If I did I'd probably start with Anitra.
#87 - Kelly Bundy
#91 - Landers Sisters
I'm actually pretty proud of this one. It actually took a lot of work, and isn't just about eye candy.
For those curious, the top keywords were pretty boring. Things like "My Retrospace", "My Retro Blog", "Retro Blog", "Retrospace", "Retro Space", etc.