Hi there, I'm Lore, one of the Admins here at Otome Jikan. Aside from helping out with general upkeep and editing, I'm the person who tinkers with the site layout/webhosting and, well, installs plug-ins. Lots of plug-ins. Anyway, the reason I'm the one making this post is purely because I'm the person who handles the analytics and statistics. This is not my website. To paraphrase another staff member, "Otome Jikan belongs to everyone." This site simply wouldn't exist without the massive support we've received over the last 48 hours—support we never imagined we'd get, especially not so quickly. The site has exploded beyond our wildest dreams so far and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we're looking forward to seeing OJ grow even more from here on out.
So where do we stand now, a mere 48 hours after the site came into existence?
- Visits: 2,464
- Unique Visitors: 1,500
- Pageviews: 13,195
- Pages / Visit: 5.36
- Avg. Visit Duration: 00:08:54
What I like about these numbers is not just the fact that we have had a lot of visitors, but that a lot of them are coming back. They have found something at Otome Jikan that they enjoy and are returning here to read and explore more. An average of five pages per visit means that people aren't just glancing at the front page and leaving. They want to stay and come back again. An average visit duration of about 9 minutes means that people are taking their time to read every time they visit—this means they are interested in the content. There's no better news than that. Not only that, but our visitors have been from a whopping 65 different countries and territories. Otome fans truly come from all over the world. That's just amazing and incredibly humbling."Otome Jikan belongs to everyone."When I brought up the idea of an otome news website on my Twitter and started throwing plans back and forth with friends and acquaintances in the fandom, I don't think any of us really expected for the site to take off like this. Of course, deep down we hoped that it would. We hoped that others would be as passionate about the idea as we were and that a lot of people would want to participate. Still, it wasn't until the original plug post on Tumblr started getting a whole bunch of notes and the messages of support and interest started pouring in that we realized that we had something really great brewing. As of right now, Otome Jikan already has 45 people on staff—almost 50 volunteers who all have something to share with the otome community. We have more than 25 articles posted to the site now, with a lot of content that is pretty much unique to this site. More and more, this site is growing into a real news and information source. We can't wait to see what all of the current and future contributors have to post later down the line, what comments the readers might have, and what kinds of discussions and other events might spark from all this.
Now for some not-quite-so-exciting things. As this site continues to grow, we will probably need to start considering getting better hosting. At the moment, this domain is piggybacking off the webhosting I have for my personal websites. Page load times even now are starting to slow as more people flock to the site and that will probably worsen as traffic increases. Better hosting means more expenditures, so we will need to start thinking about donation drives and ad space and all that fun stuff. Things haven't quite reached that point yet, but I'm sure that they will in the rather near future, so it's worth bringing up.
For now, though, things are pretty happy in Otome Jikan land. There are posts in the drafts that contributors are working on, the otome community is starting to come together, our mascots are being designed, and more people are finding their way to this site. Just in the short time it's taken me to type up this post, the number of visits has increased to 2,579.
To all visitors, new and old, hello and welcome. We're glad you could make it.
To our supporters and contributors: from the bottom of my heart, thank you for such an amazing 48 hours. I sincerely hope that we get to share even more hours together from now on. よろしくね！
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