You think I was gone? No! I'm back with statistics on the current available BL projects on Novel Updates! Compared to my main thread, Novel Updates Analysis (Feb 2020), this thread contains data updated all the way to 28 February 2020. All time series chart will start from 23 June 2015, when Novel Updates was first released. I will be covering the following statistics: 1. BL Projects in General Increasing Chapter Uploads Increasing Number of New Projects Distribution of Completed BL Projects by Number of Chapters 2. BL Translators/Groups Increasing Number of New Groups Number of BL Projects Picked Up by Translators/Groups 3. Common Tags of BL Projects 4. Other Interesting Stats Longest Completed BL Projects Most Read BL Projects Most Recommended BL Projects Authors Whose Works are Most Translated Most Popular Authors Based on Readership _____________ 1. BL Projects in General As of 28 February 2020, we have a total of total of 828 BL projects. Out of these projects, 240 are completed. In total, we also have a whopping 34,963 individual chapters uploaded. Though, take note that this includes chapters that are split into several parts, and does not account for chapters uploaded together in a single post. For example, if a chapter is split into 3 parts, it's counted as 3 chapters. (There's simply too many variants of how translators name chapter parts - c1p1, c1part1, v1pt3, etc, that I don't even bother cleaning them at all.) Similarly, if multiple chapters are added at one go, i.e. c56-58, it's counted as a single upload. 1.1. Increasing Chapter Uploads Over the years, we have seen an increasing number of chapters being uploaded. As of right now, we have a stable average of about 60 chapters being uploaded daily. The occasional spikes seen in the chart above are due to one-shot chapter dumps onto the site. The day with the most uploads (223) was on 2 December 2018, when Joell55 uploaded 198 chapters of Feng Mang. Let's now sum up all the values by week for a more stable trend-line. It seems like within a range of a year, we can see more chapters uploaded near the end of the year, likely due school vacations and translators having more free time. 1.2. Increasing Number of New Projects Clearly we can see an increasing number of projects, especially Chinese projects being taken up over the years. The number of Japanese projects being taken up is increasing too, but at a much slower pace. 1.3. Distribution of Completed BL Projects by Number of Chapters Looking at the completed BL projects, most projects seem to be around 1-20 chapters in length, with a decent number around the 20-100 chapters range. _____________ 2. BL Translators/Groups In total, we have 439 translators/groups who have worked on BL projects, and 265 translators/groups who are still active. (Having at least a single chapter uploaded since 1 June 2019) 2.1. Increasing Number of New Groups We see an increasing number of new translators/groups every year. In the year 2019, we have a total of 151 new translators/groups. 2.2. Number of BL Projects Picked Up by Translators/Groups Chrysanthemum Garden seems to have the most number of projects taken up presently, but Exiled Rebel Scanlations have the most number of completed projects so far. _____________ 3. Common Tags of BL Projects It seems like we have a large number of Modern Day BL projects on NU. Though it's strange that Handsome Male Lead did not take the top spot. It's also interesting to see that R*pe is in the top 10... Well, I won't judge. I'm just happy seeing Mpreg up there. Here's a wordcloud of the top 100 common tags used. _____________ 4. Other Interesting Stats 4.1. Longest Completed BL Projects Currently, the longest BL project completed is The Legendary Master's Wife by Exiled Rebel Scanlations. 4.2. Most Read BL Projects Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil takes the top spot for the project with the most readers, followed Founder of Diabolism (MDZS) and Scum Villain. 4.3. Most Recommended BL Projects With the most number of readers, it's no surprise to see Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil being recommended the most. However, Reader and Protagonist is pretty close in the rankings too. 4.4. Authors Whose Works are Most Translated Priest seems to be the most popular author to go to for projects, followed by Long Qi and Mo Chen Huan. 4.5. Most Popular Authors The font is a little different here compared to the rest, because I had to change it otherwise the Chinese names wouldn't appear. Hahaha. In any case, the Chinese name is used if the first English equivalent cant be found in my sorted list. In order to determine the popularity of an author, I calculated the mean number of readers across all the author's works that have been/are being translated. As expected, MXTX is currently the most popular author presently among the readers. _____________ What are your thoughts on some of these findings? Do you all think we will see the same growth in the number of BL translators and projects this year? Are there anything else that you want to know? Let me know while I procrastinate on my school work! EDIT 1: Edited a few charts due to accuracy errors in section 2.2 and section 4.1. EDIT 2: Added section 4.5. Edited section 1.3 and 4.1. to reflect more accurate chapter count numbers. EDIT 3: Removed group names next to the project titles for section 4.1 due to inaccuracies.