Hello everyone, so, here we are, the last day of year 2013. It’s time to look back a bit and to compare the positives and negatives, that happened this year to FTR. I hope you can indulge me for a while – this post will be a bit longer, because there is a lot on my mind I wanted to say. Positives - from somewhat problematic beginnings, For the Record grew to be probably (I will leave “probably” here, since we have no official sources for other blogs’ visits) the most visited non-Russian World of Tanks blog in the world. Even in Russian competition, I think we are doing fairly well. That of course couldn’t have happened without you, dear readers. It’s somewhat hard to actually say the exact number of the visitiors ever since its creation, since there was a hosting switch half-way through, but we are fairly stable reader-wise around 50k readers per day, with upper peaks of 100k (yea, I like to brag with the 100k, because I am really proud of that). While in October and November the numbers grew steadily, December was a bit stagnant. The peaks occur almost everytime on patch days (people waiting for patch info), the lows (of around 35k visits) occur on days when I don’t post anything new (not very often) and usually a few days after the test server info is released. None of this would be possible without your continued favour and support. - FTR is popular all over the world. Based on data from June to Yesterday, FTR gets the most visits from: 1. United States (14,62 percent) 2. Germany (14,33 percent) 3. Poland (8,68 percent) 4. United Kingdom (5,28 percent) 5. Finland (3,83 percent) 6. Canada (3,69 percent) 7. Czech Republic (3,63 percent) 8. Hungary (3,38 percent) 9. Netherlands (2,92 percent) 10. Romania (2,48 percent) 11. France (2,27 percent) 12. Sweden (2,14 percent) 13. Russia (2 percent) 14. Croatia (1,76 percent) 15. Australia (1,75 percent) Of the more exotic ones around 1 percent, Taiwan is number 19, Japan is 26, 30 are Philippines, 33 is Vietnam and 34 is mainland China, 38 is Brazil, 42 is Thailand (all of these still have tens of thousands of visits), South Korea is 45, 51 is Israel. Altogether, the readerbase of FTR is very diverse, FTR has been accessed from 198 countries, although I am pretty sure members from some of them accessed it only to sell me cheap viagra or to inform me about Saddam’s gold. Seriously though, there are FTR readers all over the world. This makes me very happy and proud, but it also proves that World of Tanks really is played almost everywhere, an amazing achievement by Wargaming. Some say that World of Tanks is “dying” and whatnot, but I don’t see it dying, I see it growing, despite the incompetence of some of the (especially EU) staff. - FTR managed to stay afloat even after the loss of income from ads (under circumstances still unclear – I did nothing wrong with ads placement or whatever, what we THINK happened was Edrard (who got banned from Adsense for unrelated reasons) logged on FTR gmail account in order to help me set up the banners and Google decided that FTR is a way for him to bypass the ban and banned us both). Thanks to your amazing support, not only FTR went on, but got rid of the ads in the first place. This is something that will be looked into next month, I think I found a way for the ads not to be intrusive, we’ll see. - FTR managed to stay afloat despite the fact I wanted to drop it several times. Let’s face it: the amount of time FTR takes to run on this level was only increasing ever since I started with it to the point it now takes practically the entire day of constant vigilance with a few hours of translations (or writing) themselves. That sort of forced me to drop things I wanted to do (other games, movies, learning to play better, maybe clanwars), but that’s okay, I don’t mind, since you readers do support FTR. I value your favor a lot. - FTR managed to stay afloat despite some technical difficulties. Edrard, the owner of the wot-news server has been amazingly helpful in providing me not only with a place on his server, but also technical support despite the fact he now has a lot happening in his own life. For his assistance I am very, very grateful – I can openly say that without him, FTR wouldn’t be here anymore. But not only that: when Wargaming EU and its French “chief” Quasar came moaning to him about FTR, he stood up for FTR, sending WG EU to hell. This is a favor I am and will keep on trying to return. - keeping the content the way it was – at one point I thought about limiting the amount of content on FTR in order to focus on other things in my life more, but I do feel bound and in debt to you because of your continued support – there have been and there will be no limitations whatsoever. - adding Rita’s stream to FTR – she is an amazingly cute, spontaneous and kind streamer, not the “AMAGAGCHECKMYBEWBS” type. I think this is EXACTLY what a blog, built around anger, sarcasm and mockery of Wargaming needs to mitigate the sourness. Whenever I feel somehow down by “christ, yet another WG fuckup”, I switch her stream on, kinda lifts my mood every time. - help from WG RU and WG NA – this is something that keeps somehow suprising some people, but no, I don’t hate Wargaming as such. People from Minsk and from the US server have been very, very helpful and I am glad to have talked to them. I would specifically like to thank The_Chieftain (even though we don’t agree always, I respect your opinion), “the one who doesn’t like to be mentioned”, but who helped a lot (talk to you on Skype, thank you for all your work), Cannoneer for the opportunity to pass the historical research, Storm, SerB and Veider for answering the FTR QA and Overlord (who, despite moving on towards WoT Blitz still keeps in touch with the WoT playerbase and is a great person to talk to). Overall I think WG RU and WG NA both do good jobs and are both every open and honest, something WG EU should take an example from - finding the WG Livejournal community – Russian livejournal forums are a world within a world, a Continue reading →

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