@t4nky : It seems to me that you're aiming for more feedback and comments, versus views...? (Though I know you said you wanted discussion in comments too, and I've been wrong before.) Granted, if we assume that commenters are maybe 0.1% of all viewers, then it's logical to assume that increasing views will increase comments. However, in terms of "not having anything to compare it to" - compare it to yourself. Speaking mostly as a teacher, it's more constructive to compare your skills NOW to your skills a MONTH ago, versus the skills of your classmates, or some arbitrary benchmark that exists out there. (Especially if it's not even a benchmark, but rather an outlier, as some serials are.)
If I compared my T&T stats to the majority of serials out there, I would probably remain terminally depressed, and give up. So instead I compare against (1) my first online serial, which after 6 months and 50 posts had only about 5 views per post and (2) the status of that serial after 4 years, which is a webcomic and getting me about 60 views per post. I'm still technically on track for that here which (in theory) means I'm no WORSE. (T&T won't be a webcomic though.) I can also compare it to Wattpad, where I literally have no views. None. I'm ahead of myself there. The other thing I've noticed is that feedback on things like site design or publicity are easier to pull out of people. I often get comments on THOSE posts, because everyone has an opinion. ("So if I do this, will you read the fiction too?" "Well, no, but maybe other people will." "Okee dokee.") So maybe if you split off part of the post-mortem as a suggestion poll or something?
Either way, I think you probably should pull out a focus, or a goal - not so much because you're trying to do too much (though maybe you are?) but because you do need something to measure yourself against. Basically, if you feel like "it's not enough", but you never define "enough"... you'll never get there. Simple as that. (I think this is why some people never feel like they have "enough" money - define a budget, guys.) Now, that doesn't mean your definition of "enough" can't change over time, but you can at least celebrate a victory before stretching yourself again (or reel yourself in, if you set your expectations too high too soon). Don't underestimate the value of those little achievements - I totally felt like it was a victory when someone actually looked at Part 2 of my story last month (as it had been the first time since May).
Though if you (or anyone) DOES want to compare yourself against me (and I suspect at least 90% of you will feel better about yourselves!), I posted about where my serial site was at after 365 days here: https://mathtans.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/ttc-commentary-11/ And summed up all my websites back in January here: http://mathiex.blogspot.ca/2015/01/four-webpages-one-post.html
By the way, how long have you been working with Tuesday Serial? I'm as curious as Billy.
@ClearMadness: I'm guessing your SEO work is paying off there, congrats. As to my art, the reason I started illustrating was because posting on social media (FB and Twitter in particular) is more visible when there's an image... plus I didn't feel like messing with copywrite, plus I needed practice for the webcomic. Before the webcomic, I was told I draw like a 3 year old. So I'm gonna call "amateur art" a step up. Maybe not to "headlining" status yet, but I figured I'd try something new, and you're the first to say anything. (Aside: That is not the best picture of Julie, which was intentional - she just celebrated her 16th birthday by shooting her best friend, so she's in a bad place.)
@Billy: Glad you prefaced "quirky and personal" with "I like"... seeing as being unique is not necessarily a good thing. Frankly my goal is to get more than a single comment every few months, but I recognize that increasing views would need to come first. (And as I've said in other threads, the thing's been rewritten to hell and back, so I'm not changing part 1 for the sake of views - making part 48 into the new part 1, maybe.) Now, design hadn't occurred - and since most of what I know simply comes from poking my head into other blogs, your suggestion is well advised. Thanks.