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It's that time of year again. :)

Here are the results from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, for comparison purposes.

I currently have 479 stories posted on AO3, which is 44 more than last year. The 'new' fics are a combination of backdated crossposts and things that were genuinely written within the past year.

Anyway, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 20,463 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck: Make Her Pay - 5,540 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. I Must Increase My Bust - 5,104 [Homestuck]
4. With a Vengeance - 4,766 [Naruto]
5. More Sins than Condemnation - 4,522 [Naruto]
6. Four by Four - 4,482 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
7. Of Stone and of Sky - 4,257 [Homestuck, Ladystuck]
8. Dreamers of the Day - 4,140 [Inception]
9. Problems and Solutions (All Things in Time) - 4,116 [Chronicles of Narnia/Stargate: SG-1, remix]
10. The Way of the Apartment Manager - 3,485 [Naruto, chaptered]

This is largely the same as last year, barring a few internal rearrangements and "The Way of the Apartment Manager" kicking "Weregild" off the list. I am pleased that my most popular story on other sites is finally picking up steam over here, too, despite its age and backdating. :)

"What Isn't Broken" continues to absolutely crush everything else I've ever written, at least on this particular site. I am still unsure why, but hey, if people like it I'm not going to complain. *wry* It also drags its two companion ficlets ("With a Vengeance" and "More Sins than Condemnation") up the rankings... at least in terms of hit count. Their kudos count is more variable.

Anyway, moving on!

Here are my top ten stories by number of kudos )

The bookmark list continues to share a lot of commonalities with the hit and kudos lists (particularly if you go by the top twenty rather than just the top ten), and the comment list continues to be noticeably different from those three, largely thanks to Yuletide and the Narnia Fic Exchange. :)
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Let's bring this one around again. :) Here are the results from 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, for comparison purposes.

I currently have 435 stories posted on AO3, which is about 80 more than last year. I still have not cross-posted all my back-catalogue, for various and sundry reasons, so most of those 'new' fics were genuinely written within the past year.

With that said, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 16,527 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck: Make Her Pay - 5,325 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. I Must Increase My Bust - 4,438 [Homestuck]
4. Of Stone and of Sky - 4,164 [Homestuck, Ladystuck]
5. Four by Four - 4,045 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
6. With a Vengeance - 3,940 [Naruto]
7. Dreamers of the Day - 3,872 [Inception]
8. More Sins than Condemnation - 3,766 [Naruto]
9. Problems and Solutions (All Things in Time) - 3,424 [Chronicles of Narnia/Stargate: SG-1, remix]
10. Weregild - 3,170 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]

This is largely the same as last year, barring a few internal rearrangements and "Problems and Solutions" kicking "A History of Handcrafts" down to #11 and therefore off the list. (I believe "Problems and Solutions" was #12 by hit count last year.)

"What Isn't Broken" continues to absolutely crush everything else I've ever written, at least on this particular site. I am not entirely sure why. I mean, it's a good story! But I think several of my other stories are just as good, if not better. Perhaps it's simply that AO3 leans toward slash and that fic is both one of my actual attempts at slash romance and a sort of retroactive 'fix-it' for the way Naruto canon ended.

(By way of comparison, over on ff.net "What Isn't Broken" is only at #12 [19,472], despite having "With a Vengeance" and "More Sins Than Condemnation" tacked on as 'chapters' to increase its hit count. It is completely flattened by "The Way of the Apartment Manager" [448,511], "The Guardian in Spite of Herself" [256,698], "An Ounce of Prevention" [143,109], and "Lemonade" [114,282].)

Anyway, moving on!

Here are my top ten stories by number of kudos )

The bookmark list continues to share a lot of commonalities with the hit and kudos lists (particularly if you go by the top twenty rather than just the top ten), and the comment list continues to be noticeably different from those three, largely thanks to Yuletide and the Narnia Fic Exchange. :)
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Oh hey, looks like this one is going around again. :-)

I currently have 387 works archived on AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 387 (the first thing I posted*), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it!

*Technically this is not true, because backdating, but it is the oldest work which is the relevant point.

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#187: "Blueprints" [Inception]

#259 and #144: "What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed)" [Naruto] and "Narutostuck: The Mother of Necessity" [Homestuck/Naruto fusion]

#227 and #27: "Bluebell" [fairy-tale retelling] and "Mycophilia" [Homestuck]

#167: "Dreams From My Mother" [Black Jewels]

#184: "Lives by Mending" [Darkangel Trilogy]

#66: "Small Favors" [Naruto, specifically the 'Apartment Manager' AU]

#221: "Everything Ends" [Doctor Who with elements from Ender's Game]

#198: "Sparkly Rainbow Blood" [Homestuck]
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Oh right, it's that time of year again. :-) Here are the results from 2014, 2013 and 2012, for comparison purposes.

I currently have 359 stories posted on AO3, which is over twice as many as last year, about six times as many as in 2013, and about ten times as many as in 2012. As you can see, I finally got around to cross-posting a lot of my back-catalog. (I still haven't put up the Angel Sanctuary fics, nor the longer chaptered WIPs, but hey. Progress is progress!) I backdate all those old stories, so their hit and kudos counts remain relatively low.

With that said, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 12,707 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck - 4,910 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. Of Stone and of Sky - 3,923 [Homestuck, Ladystuck]
4. I Must Increase My Bust - 3,830 [Homestuck]
5. Four by Four - 3,507 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
6. Dreamers of the Day - 3,438 [Inception]
7. With a Vengeance - 3,026 [Naruto]
8. Weregild - 3,021 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]
9. More Sins than Condemnation - 2,919 [Naruto]
10. A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) - 2,848 [Star Trek: AOS, remix]

This is noticeably different from last year. "Of Stone and of Sky," posted January 2014, climbed all the way to number 3! (I am still not sure what's going on there.) "Four by Four" moved up because I posted a third chapter in December, and the two sidefics to "What Isn't Broken" rode their parent story's coattails back up the rankings, shoving a couple Homestuck fics down and off the list.

Meanwhile, "What Isn't Broken" has become even more disproportionately better-read than all my other stories on AO3. I've been tracking it with sort of bemused curiosity, and for the record, it passed 10,000 hits last October, and 12,000 hits on my birthday in February, which was a nice but trivial additional gift. *wry* It also dominates the kudos and bookmark lists.

On that note, here are my top ten stories by number of kudos )

I'm not going to do lists by number of bookmarks or comment threads, but I will say for the record that the bookmark list is pretty similar to the two lists I did write out in full. (The major difference there is the inclusion of The Way of the Apartment Manager at number 4, though backdating means that fic still languishes low on the hit count and kudos lists.) The comment list, on the other hand, pulls up some very different stories. That is entirely because of the Yuletide effect -- Yuletide being a fest with a culture of active commenting, perhaps as a holdover from its pre-kudos-button years, or perhaps because tiny fandoms of the heart inspire greater enthusiasm and a wish to communicate with others who also love your particular tiny and obscure sources of joy.
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Oh right, it's that time of year again. :-) Here are the results from 2013 and 2012, for comparison purposes.

I currently have 142 stories posted on AO3, which is a bit more than twice as many as last year, and not quite four times as many as in 2012. Also, I have gotten further on posting some of my back-catalog, as it were, so while the collection is still overweighted in favor of my recent Homestuck fics, it's a bit less utterly misleading than it used to be. On the other hand, I have been backdating all those old stories, so their count of hits, kudos, and comments remains relatively low. (In some cases, the stories in question would have had low response levels no matter when I posted them. In other cases, well, let's just say some of my works are popular on other sites and leave it at that. *wry*)

With that said, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 8,099 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck - 4,089 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. I Must Increase My Bust - 3,028 [Homestuck]
4. Weregild - 2,566 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]
5. A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) - 2,407 [Star Trek: AOS, remix]
6. Four by Four - 2,241 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
7. Sparkly Rainbow Blood - 2,224 [Homestuck]
8. An Intricate Courtship Process - 2,212 [Homestuck]
9. Ass O'Clock in Dusseldorf - 2,121 [Homestuck]
10. Dreamers of the Day - 2,004 [Inception]

This is exactly the same 10 fics as last year. They have simply rearranged themselves a bit -- "Four by Four" and "A History of Handcrafts" have moved up while "Sparkly Rainbow Blood," "An Intricate Courtship Process," and "Ass O'Clock in Dusseldorf" have moved down. The top four and "Dreamers of the Day" have stayed put.

It never ceases to fascinate me that "What Isn't Broken" is so disproportionately popular compared to the rest of my work on AO3. It has nearly twice as many hits as the next-most-read story, and also twice as many bookmarks (99) as my next-most-bookmarked story. (That would be Giant Robot Mayhem Doesn't Happen in a Day, at 50, but that fic has only been posted for a month so things may change by next year.) And while "What Isn't Broken" is not quite winning the kudos race, I'm sure that's only because the kudos button wasn't implemented until after Remix Redux 2010.

On that note, here are the top ten by number of kudos )

I'm not going to do lists by number of bookmarks or comment threads, but I will say for the record that the bookmark list would be pretty similar to the two lists I did write out in full. The comment list, on the other hand, would pull up some very different stories. That is entirely because of what I call the Yuletide effect -- Yuletide being a fest with a culture of active commenting instead of (or in addition to) merely leaving kudos, perhaps as a holdover from its pre-kudos-button years, or perhaps because tiny fandoms of the heart inspire greater enthusiasm and a wish to communicate with others who also love your particular tiny and obscure sources of joy.
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I'm a couple weeks behind on this meme, but whatever.

Here are last year's results, for comparison purposes. This year I have 66 stories up on AO3 -- not quite twice as many, but close. The additional fics are almost all new stories, since the furthest I got with crossposting old work was tossing up "Five Years Is an Awful Lot of Later" and "First You Have To Get There," which are, respectively, the first fanfic I ever wrote and its direct sequel.

This means that my AO3 catalogue of works is still disproportionately weighted toward Homestuck, remixes, and tiny Yuletide fandoms, and away from the huge backlog of my Harry Potter, Naruto, and Chronicles of Narnia stories.

With that said, here are my top ten stories on AO3, by hit count:

1. What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 5,109 [Naruto, remix]
2. Trollstuck - 2,289 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
3. I Must Increase My Bust - 2,237 [Homestuck]
4. Weregild - 1,912 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]
5. Sparkly Rainbow Blood - 1,736 [Homestuck]
6. An Intricate Courtship Process - 1,665 [Homestuck]
7. A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) - 1,664 [Star Trek 2009, remix]
8. Ass O'Clock in Dusseldorf - 1,564 [Homestuck]
9. Four by Four - 1,459 [Homestuck, chaptered, WIP]
10. Dreamers of the Day - 1,436 [Inception]

The changes between this year and last year basically reflect my headlong descent into Homestuck fandom, which is not surprising! I am also not surprised that "What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed)" remained far and away my most popular story, for the same reasons I wasn't surprised at its popularity last year.

top ten by kudos count and some further thoughts )

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And now I am going to take a nap, because I came down with a vicious cold on Thursday and didn't notice until I woke up Friday morning, because my seasonal allergies did a spectacular job of masking the initial symptoms. I managed to get my Friday shift trimmed by two hours, and I slept about twelve hours each Thursday night and Friday night and have been carefully doing nothing today, but I am still tired and stuffy and generally cruddy feeling. So yeah, sleep.

It is the best medicine, after all. Not even laughter works better. *wry*
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The thing you have to realize about this is that mostly I don't post to the AO3, so there are only 37 fics to choose from and the majority of them were written either for Yuletide or Remix Redux. (Also Homestuck, more recently, mostly for chatlog coding reasons.) So the selection is weird compared to the general history of my work. If I did this on ff.net, for instance, I would get a completely different list, and if I had a way to count hits on DW and LJ, I'd probably get a different answer yet again.

But with that caveat, here are my top ten stories on AO3 by hit count:

What Isn't Broken (Can Still Be Fixed) - 2,652 [Naruto, remix]
Weregild - 1,493 [Inception/Anita Blake, chaptered, WIP]
A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) - 1,062 [Star Trek 2009, remix]
I Must Increase My Bust - 945 [Homestuck]
The Geographic Cure - 797 [American Gods, Yuletide]
Dreamers of the Day - 720 [Inception]
Princess no Go - 681 [Enchanted Forest Chronicles/Hikaru no Go, Yuletide]
Postcards from Naxos (You Don't Have To Go Home, but You Can't Stay Here) - 635 [Inception, remix]
More Sins Than Condemnation - 622 [Naruto, sidefic for "What Isn't Broken"]
Sparkly Rainbow Blood - 594 [Homestuck]

I am not in the least surprised that "What Isn't Broken" is far and away my story with the most hits -- it's in a popular fandom, it was written for a festival with some guaranteed readership, it's long, it's been up for almost two years, and it includes a popular pairing (NaruSasu). On a related note, I am even less surprised that of the two sidefics I wrote, it's the one with Iruka and Kakashi being ambiguous that made it into the top ten rather than the one with Naruto and Sakura being friends. I do not and never have understood the appeal of KakaIru, but it's a big fandom Thing, so. *shrug*

The two Homestuck fics that made it are, respectively, the cute and silly porn fic and the ridiculous humor fic. Again, not surprising. The Inception and Star Trek fics are likewise not surprising.

What does surprise me is how popular "The Geographic Cure" is. "Princess no Go" is an even weirder thing to have on a top ten list. I mean, it's awfully cute, but it's also awfully short, and it's anything but an intuitive set of fandoms to fuse. Those probably benefit from age as much as anything -- they are both Yuletide 2009 fics and therefore have simply had more time to gather hits than more recent stories.

...

I should probably import more of my fics someday.

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