The little counter on my user page at FIMFiction was showing this startling statistic yesterday. At least, I think it’s startling, considering (1) I started from scratch, like everyone else, but perhaps not like everyone else, I didn’t expect to rise much above that point; and (2) I have not exactly been rushing to embrace the most popular story concepts in a desperate attempt to grab an audience. (I have never once enjoyed Featured status.)
What does that number mean, anyway? From the site FAQ:
The total story views number on your profile page is actually just the sum of the most viewed chapter on each of your stories. For example, if you had a story whose highest-viewed chapter had 300 views, and another with 200 views, your Total Story Views would be 500.
In most cases, I would expect this to be Chapter 1, since most readers start there, and if they don’t like it, they don’t go on to Chapter 2.
I am decidedly uncomfortable with bragging about this, but hey, you should see what I did when I got my two millionth visitor to this place.