500000 Hits

Killing Time Passes 500,000 Hits: The Most Popular Pieces in the Site’s History

Killing Time

On January 24, 2013, I started a blog on media to pass the time (you can click on About Killing Time if you want the entire dynamic origin story).  This morning, during the wee hours, that site passed half-a-million hits.  500,000 hits, baby!  That’s just on KT, not the social media pages, but if you had told me when I was starting out that we’d ever get to 1/2 a million hits, I’d have upped your thorazine.  I saw the number creeping toward the milestone a month ago, as I’ve noticed we’re also nearing 10k followers (you geeky legion, you).  I had no idea it was that high, and I just want to sincerely thank every one of you who makes this a fun site to write, manage, micromanage, rearrange and then re-micromanage, and for the comments, support, and sense of community that has-especially this year-made this such an awesome place to be.

No doubt the morning shows are all over this, but I thought I’d share just a few of the reader reactions to the news.  SO kind (thank you for the mic drop, Mr. President).  After the break check out the most read articles in the site’s history.


Killing Time

Over the past 4.75 years, I’ve written some really good stuff.  I’ve also written a lot of offal (this is post 3,451….you’re gonna get a mixed bag).  In examining the stats this morning and breaking down into the categories I use the most popular articles in the history of the site….you guys really like some reviews of horrible, horrible movies, don’t you?  Granted, content from further back has had more time to pile up numbers, but Let’s Be Cops is one of my five most read reviews?  I didn’t know that many people saw the film (I ONLY DID BECAUSE I GOT TICKETS TO A FREE SCREENING!!!).  It honestly kind of used to make me nuts, the baffling lack of logic behind what got hits and what didn’t, so I just had to let it go and write for me.  But here they are: the most popular (numbers-wise) things I’ve written.  Perhaps for the 10k reader special, I’ll just pick my favorite pieces.  Thank you, though, for reading, keep reading, and if this make it to a million, my mind will be well and truly boggled.

Top 5 Reviews:
1. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
2. The 5th Wave (2016)
3. Let’s Be Cops (2014)
4. Lucy (2014)
5. Divergent (2014)

Despicable Me 2 Poster

Top 5 Trailers
1. Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer #1
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer #2
3. The Lone Ranger Trailer #4
4. Stronger Trailer #1
5. Divergent Trailer #2

Game of Thrones Season 4 Poster

Top 5 ‘My Favorite Scenes’
1. Spider-Man (2002) “Upside-Down Kiss”
2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) “The Job Interview”
3. Braveheart (1995) “Freedom!”
4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) “The Birth of Sandman”
5. The Matrix Reloaded (2003) “Freeway Frenzy”

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man

Top 5 ‘IMDB Top 250 Profiles’
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. Schindler’s List
4. 12 Angry Men
5. Pulp Fiction

Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption

Top 5 Lists
1. Top 5 Star Wars Graphic Novels
2. Top 5 Spider-Man Graphic Novels
3. Top 5 Star Wars Episode VII Fan Made Posters
4. Top 5 Creatures from The Lord of the Rings
5. Top 10 Star Wars: Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels

Darth Vader

Top 5 ‘Their 10 Bests’
1. Michael Keaton
2. Scarlett Johansson
3. Matthew McConaughey
4. Charlize Theron
5. Tom Hardy

Michael Keaton

Top 5 ‘In Theaters This Weeks’
1. January 20, 2017 – xXx3
2. September 8, 2017 – IT
3. July 21, 2017 – Dunkirk
4. September 15, 2017 – American Assassin, mother!
5. July 28, 2017 – Atomic Blonde

Vin Diesel in xXx3

Top 5 Achievement Lists
1. NBA 2K16
2. FIFA 15
3. LEGO Jurassic World
4. Guitar Hero Live!
5. NBA 2K15

James hardin and Steph Curry in NBA 2K16

Top 5 Misc. Articles
1. Ben Affleck is the New Batman
2. Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. His Greatest 10 Movies
3. 2014-2015 TV Series Renewals/Cancellations
4. Fan-made Art Gallery for The Walking Dead Season 4
5. New Batman: Arkham Knight Photos

Ben Affleck, Batman, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

18 thoughts on “Killing Time Passes 500,000 Hits: The Most Popular Pieces in the Site’s History”

    1. Thank you so much. It just takes writing pretty much every day for nearly five years and gathering a private army of people deft at nerd trivia….so simple really, lol. Thanks so much for the follow. Welcome to the madness!


      1. That’s really a tough act to follow!I just admired you and your group for your collaborative efforts, and for painstakingly dealing with reviews.You deserve all that success.Cheers!

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      2. I will tell you a secret. Though I do have a guest columnist or two every now and again, I’ve written 99.9% of the articles for the site. I just make it seem like we have a team so I can pretend I supervise a news room full of crack reporters, but in reality, it’s pretty much just me and a lot of coffee.


    1. Ok, lol, these are not my BEST works; these are the ones with the MOST hits over the history of the site. It can make you nuts writing a really awesome review of a great film and The 5th Wave with Chloe Moretz Grace makes my top 5 lol. There’s no rhyme or reason to it that I’ve ever been able to tell. For the seemingly inevitable 10,000 followers piece, I think I’m going to pick my favorites from each category.

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      1. That’s interesting. So you think there’s no deep logic in which of your posts got more popular? Like big budget that everybody covers vs indie covered only by a small amount of reviewers?

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      2. Nope. I think it’s 100% Google’s ever shifting algorithm. Most of the biggest numbers I saw were in 2014, shortly after they changed their algorithm and my numbers have never gotten near there again. Every now and again I talk to a Word Press expert about anything that’s changed that I’m doing that might put me on Google’s hit list, but they have “author rankings” and they constantly shift the variables. For example, the 2 Episode VIII posts I did after the trailer did really well for two days and then disappeared. Why? I dunno. It’s not like people have calmed down. It helps if someone links to your article on their page or on Reddit or another source. It helps if your optimize each post for search engines, but at the end of the day…..I have 14 hits from New Caledonia today and I cannot tell you for the love of God why and why My Favorite Scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has popped up on my most read articles of the day while those SW posts aren’t in the top 20. So I just do the best I can, throw it down the chute, and write for my own enjoyment in the end. If others like it and it gets hits, splendid.

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      3. Yep! As an example, I’ve always read that Google prefers long articles with many links included. But from what I saw, it’s not necessarily true. Quality content doesn’t always prevail.

        Still, if you provide quality content for years and do some minimum effort to promote the website, your efforts will pay off (like in your case).

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