First Annual Report

Hello,

It has now been a year since the launch of Star Wars PaperCraft. Albeit still an experimental portfolio website, Star Wars PaperCraft offers interesting insights on the past year thanks to WordPress’ statistics.

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Notably, Star Wars PaperCraft went from no visits to more than 6,000 page views and 1,000 visitors per month. These visitors came from 89 countries all around the world. This proliferation demonstrates the relevance of this experimental website and encourages further expansion.

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This map shows that the most-visiting countries are the following:

  1. United States of America
  2. Brazil
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. Mexico
  6. Spain
  7. Argentina
  8. Poland
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Japan

On first glance, we can observe that most of these countries do not include English in their official languages. In fact, only about a fourth of the page views are from English-native visitors. This shows the importance of using a standard and global English in order to be more generally understood, and in order to be better translated with tools such as Google Translate. Thus, I adapted the information on Star Wars PaperCraft in accordance to this observation.

About half of the page views come from search engines, roughly 100% of them consisting of Google Search. This shows the importance of being well ranked among search results, and this shows the effectiveness of the publishing style used by Star Wars PaperCraft. Indeed, Star Wars PaperCraft appears on the first page of Google Search results for queries such as “star wars papercraft,” “yoda papercraft,” “at-st papercraft,” “c3po papercraft,” “tie fighter papercraft,” “tie interceptor papercraft,” and “r2d2 papercraft.” This proves the effectiveness of regrouping paper models by subjects and of calling the website “Star Wars PaperCraft.”

Finally, the most popular pages were the Tie Fighter and the R2-D2 collections, followed by the home page. These two subjects are iconic elements of the Star Wars universe, which shows that there is a lot of interest to “paperify” the iconic, canon elements of this universe. This hypothesis will guide my selection of upcoming Star Wars PaperCraft collections.

In conclusion, the past year’s statistics are both interesting and valuable. Indeed, they have shown us that Star Wars PaperCraft is a relevant experiment, that it is enjoyed worldwide, that the publishing method is optimized for search engines and that iconic canon elements are the most prized subjects. I hope that these data will help me build an even better Star Wars PaperCraft for the years to come.

Thank you for your interest,

The Administration

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First Array Released

I’m getting started!

First of all, I set up a specific post layout to make the showcase the most consistent and clean possible over time. As you can see, I decided to regroup models per subject instead of publishing them individually. There are many reasons for that, notably:

  • Many models don’t have a big, gorgeous photograph to feature on the home page. If I packed models individually, I’d have to feature them with an official picture anyway.
  • As time will go, I think it will be a lot tidier to find models that way. It’ll be a lot more effective to find a single ‘TIE Fighter’ post when searching for ‘TIE Fighter’, than finding 10 TIEs. Similarly, I don’t want to overcrowd the homepage with Yoda models…

Getting Aboard, Laserbrains Are Xenial, Yay!

I’m currently setting things up and doing backups of all the Star Wars models I find on the Web. So far so good! Papercraft Museum, Paperkraft.net, Paper-Replika, Cubeecraft… Sources are abundant yet not a single one dedicates itself to the great series that is Star Wars. Especially with the new upcoming movies, it would be time for this science-fiction world to have the papercraft collection it deserves… therefore here it is: Star Wars Papercraft!

I’ve already found a few tens of models with great templates and good photos. They’re definitely models that you and me would be interested to build!

What’s getting me a little worried is copyright infringement. I know it’s ridiculous, being afraid that fan art might be flagged as counterfeit or something like that — especially since official, serious papercraft models actually don’t exist — but with the more and more strict Internet rules, it seems like that’s the new level of control that our society has reached. By browsing the Web I found lots of removed templates, allegedly because of copyright. Ironically the same authors often offer other Star Wars templates, which are apparently perfectly fine. I guess I’ll have to contact Lucasfilm to get more details. Or should I contact Disney now that it’s been acquired? I don’t even know how to reach them! I’m getting confused…