Began posting on February 23rd with Part 1a. At the end of the month (6 days later), February 28th, I was ranked #8430 with no followers or ratings.
-March 2nd: First rating (5 stars) which ranked me #4250.
-March 26th: Over a month in. Third rating, which overall ranked me #2213. Average Rating 4.83.
-April 6th: Having briefly peaked at 12 followers, dropped back to 10. A poll on Part 23b managed 3 votes (one came via Fantasia).
-April 16th: Into T&T Book 2. Still only 3 ratings, rank down to #2275. Only one person commenting semi-regularly. I had never posted much in the forums, soon stopped monitoring altogether.
-April 25th: Two months of daily posts. Rank #2328, with no new ratings or favourites for April.
-May 1st: An existing rating was revised higher, jumped to #1942.
-May 2nd: A second full review, jumped to #1230.
-May 15th: Fifth rating, jumped to #1155.
-May 31st: Into T&T Book 3, halfway (three months) produces A SECOND favourite, now 17 followers. Average Rating 4.9.
-June 9th: A THIRD and FOURTH favourite, rank having slid down to #1208.
-June 14th: Sixth rating, jumped to #1004.
-June 19th: Third full review, jumped to #611.
-July 8th: Existing rating revised back down, slid to #676.
-July 16th: Into T&T Book 4. Ninth rating, boosted back up to #599.
-Aug 8th: Tenth rating, rank back to #605. Average Rating 4.9.
-NOW, Aug 24th, Six Month Mark (183 posts):
Cannot seem to maintain 30 followers, keeps sliding to 29. Rank #624. Only 1 comment in the last 30+ posts/days, on an early entry; nothing about Book 4. The post from Aug 1st has 36 views. Most recent poll (July 12) has only 1 vote. Twelve days worth of posts remain. Sorely tempted to stop, just to see if anyone truly is reading.
Ratings/Rankings do seem to spawn more of the same, it happened three times that two consecutive days saw feedback in that way. By the same token, if nothing is happening, nothing will continue happening (aside from a slow march down the rankings). June seems to be a good month, for whatever reason (some high schools end?). I wouldn't draw any data regarding the guest post, because I never seem to have luck with those, and I'm the common denominator there. In fact, the "Mathtans Paradox"* may be in full effect for the entirety of this. I did get a couple new critical comments going forwards, though I think my next plan is to go full webcomic and take a whack at Tapas. As per usual, feels like there's nowhere to go but up.
*: Term coined by grishnax on Discord for a writer who produces decent, consistent content, but for whatever reason (genre, poor narrative style, horrible marketing) fails to gain an audience. The term amused me. ^^