This post will be the 100th post of this blog. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve actually posted so many and that a year has already passed. It still seems so fresh and new to me.
I started this blog in March of 2009 to be an outlet for my writing. My original concept was to post episodes of serial fiction, two or three different story cycles at once. Occasionally I’d post reviews of things I read or my thoughts on writing, publishing, etc. Well, it turns out I’ve posted more reviews and have pontificated much more than I have added to the serial story bits.
Part of this is that my focus has shifted to being published in a professional outlet. Most of my fiction writing is geared toward publication and therefore won’t appear on this site unless (a) it has been rejected by professional outlets or (b) I deem it unsuitable for such outlets…not because it’s bad but because its unmarketable or just too weird or too personal.
Another part of this is that while I still dream and have made strides towards becoming a “real” writer, I have a hard time with my motivation and my discipline and, sometimes, real-life gets in the way. So it goes…
I’ve really enjoyed creating this blog and will continue adding to it, making it better. It has a very “modest” readership to say the least (at this time I average about 4 visits a day). While the blog is mostly “just for me”, I’d be a liar if I said I wouldn’t like to develop a bigger following. But, in the end, I think I’ve grown as a writer and as a blogger and that was the point of the exercise.
So, some interesting facts about this blog:
- The busiest day my blog has seen was May 28, 2009. This was the day after I posted my review of Wil Wheaton‘s Just A Geek. We got 760 total views that day, most of which were for that review. The previous day (the day I posted the review) that post got 607 views. Most of this was due to the fact that I posted a link to the review on Twitter and Wil-The-Man-Himself-Wheaton retweeted it. This is what I call the “Wheaton Bump”.
- Other than the anomaly of the Just a Geek post, the post that has gotten the most mileage has been “I’m a Conscientious Objector in the War on Science Fiction.” This one was a response to a particularly sexist article bemoaning the “feminization” of science fiction. Nearly every week or so I’ll see another visit to that post from other sources. I’m kind of proud of that one.
- Over the past year-and-a-quarter, this blog has gotten over 3900 views…that’s pretty cool. I often feel like I’m whistling in the dark over here (averaging 4 viewers a day will do that to you). Having nearly 4000 total views makes me feel much better about what I’m doing. While over 1300 of those occurred over the course of two days (the infamous Wheaton Bump), I’ll still take it…
- I’ve gotten over 64 comments from folks since we started this. Some of these are my own responses to comments and a few may be pingbacks, but the rest are all YOU. I’d love to see more!
So here is where we make the next 100 posts even better. Let me know what you like. What brought you here in the first place? What would you like see? Leave your comments with this post or on my “Contact” page.
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Anyway, thanks for reading (all four of you) and hopefully we’ll have a lot more to talk about when post 200 comes along.
Wow – some interesting stats. Sounds like it has been an eventuful year.
Yave you considered reaching out and asking people to write guest blogs – or have you asked anyone to guest blog on their site to try to generate traffic.
Wishing you the best on your next 100 posts.
Those are some good ideas that I hadn’t considered. I’m always shy about asking such things, but I need to get out of my box a little…
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