Sholio (sholio) wrote,

That AO3 top-tags meme

Because I've seen it in a bunch of places now, and because I love stats!

Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!

1. What’s your first and second most common work ratings? Any surprises?

Teen And Up Audiences (231)
General Audiences (164)
Mature (8)
Explicit (3)
Not Rated (1)

Sholio Does Not Write Sex Often but I think we all knew this already. (I wrote more sex scenes in my first 3 months of writing tropey romance for sale than probably my previous 10 years of writing fanfic.) Pretty sure the "not rated" one is due to accidentally failing to click a ticky box when posting a fic.

2. What’s your most common archive warning? Least common? Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?

No Archive Warnings Apply (368)
Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings (24)
Major Character Death (8)
Graphic Depictions Of Violence (7)

A biiiig factor in all the "choose not to warn" is Guardians of the Galaxy fandom, where you are caught between having to warn for Major Character Death in every fic that touches upon the second movie, or punching readers unexpectedly in the feels ... or just ticking "choose not to warn". Like many writers in the fandom, I've been going for the latter.

Adventurous writer? hahaha. No. Well, I do like to push myself outside my comfort zone a little now and then; there are very few things (pairings, tropes, etc) I won't at least try to write. In theory. But in general, I'm in fanfic for a few particular things, and I like writing and do them reasonably well, so those are mostly the things I write.

3. How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?

Gen (329)
F/M (62)
Multi (23)
M/M (17)
F/F (5)
Other (5)


The relatively high proportion of F/M is mostly just due to many of my fandoms having canon het pairings. I mean, I DO ship various het pairings, don't get me wrong, but as far as fics actually focused on those pairings, I think there aren't as many as it looks like, since there are a number of fandoms (e.g. Agent Carter) where it's hard to write gen without needing to include enough of the main canon pairing to tag for it. In equal fairness, most of the M/M and F/F, as well as some of the F/M, was written for exchanges. The Multi tag though - i.e. poly fic - that's pretty much all by me, for me. XD "Other" is stuff like Ancillary Justice (I wrote it for Yuletide one year) or fic that doesn't easily fall into any category like my oddball soulmates one for AC or the one where all the LoT characters accidentally got married to people in various time periods.

4. What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?

White Collar (147)
Agent Carter (TV) (63)
Captain America (Movies) (29)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies) (26)

Here's where me not having my SGA fic on AO3 is going to start skewing the stats, because I'm fairly sure SGA is right up there with White Collar for Most Fic Written, and the character/relationship stats would reflect that as well, except I never put most of it on AO3. The gap between the top-tier fandoms and the next ones down is really extreme, though.

Two of these are currently active fandoms for me (Agent Carter and GotG).

I used to be pretty strictly a serial fandom monogamist. I'd get into things, write a bunch of fic there, and then move on when something new caught my attention. I almost never went back. I'm not sure why this has changed over the years, but it has. Right now I'm actively writing fic in an uprecedented four different fandoms -- Agent Carter, GotG, Stranger Things, and Dark Matter. And I fall in and out of fandoms now in a way I never used to. So yeah, idk.

5. What are your top character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?

Peter Burke (136)
Neal Caffrey (130)
Elizabeth Burke (62)
Peggy Carter (52)
Jack Thompson (51)
Daniel Sousa (44)

I think the only surprise is that I've tagged Jack in about as many fics as I've tagged Peggy in, which I would not have expected. (I mean, I know I write him a lot; it's just that I do write Peggy without Jack -- I SWEAR, lol -- so I wasn't expecting it to balance that closely.) Also, again, if the SGA fic was in here, there'd probably be as much John and Rodney as Peter and Neal.

6. What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2? What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?

Hurt/Comfort (125)
Friendship (124)
Case Fic (11)
Fluff (11)

... so basically you'd get a typical Sholio fic, then. XD

7. How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?

In the sense of unfinished fics, I don't really have any right now -- just the "scraps" collections of Tumblr promptfic, which are always going to be open-ended. As for unfinished series, I have several of those (e.g. the Psychic Neal one, the Fallen London/White Collar series Frith and I were co-writing for awhile, the Wolf Peter one ...). I don't know what the odds are that I'll ever go back to those. A lot of them are designed to not have an end anyway (e.g. the Wolf Peter stories are never really going to have an endpoint, just more little pieces of White-Collar-with-werewolves). I still kind of feel bad about leaving the Psychic Neal series hanging, especially since people still ask me about it occasionally (I got an ask about it on Tumblr just the other day) but I don't know what the odds are that I'll get enough into WC again to write as much as I'd need to write to bring it to some kind of conclusion.

This entry is also posted at with comment count unavailable comments.
Tags: meme
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.