Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have recently passed my one year anniversary of blogging. My, how time skitters. But, as it skittered away, time took with it my trepidation of the whole whatever-will-I-write-about worries. I simply write whatever interests me that particular week. I try to keep the theme of books and writing because ultimately, that is why I started the blog in the first place, to bring focus on my upcoming novels. But dogs have a way of nosing into my posts, and also anything that strikes me as funny. This blog is mine to control and once a blogger realizes they can’t please everyone, and if the blog at least pleases you it will probably please a few others, it really becomes quite an easy and entertaining way to communicate with people from all over the world with like-minded interests. Oh, and speaking of dogs…
My first post was dated July 18, 2012 and was a rant about Tom Cruise being selected as Jack Reacher for the movie adapted from a Lee Child novel, the name of which I don’t even remember because I refused to see it. Jack Reacher is over six feet. Tom Cruise isn’t.
I have created 54 posts, one a week, the goal I set for myself when I decided a webpage was necessary to get my name out into the world. I’m impressed with my dedication, if I may pat my own back for a moment. I’m not usually so disciplined. But, if this last year has taught me anything, it has shown me what I can accomplish if I just shut up talking about what I want to do, and actually do it.
54 posts, generating 390 comments, 96 of which were spam. WordPress very nicely snags the spam for me so I can delete them. That leaves me with 294 legitimate comments. 294 divided by 54…where’s my phone…equals 5.4444 comments per post. An average of around 5 comments per post, though in reality I could have 20 comments for one post and none for others. Depends on the post, I guess, and if any visitors feel like chatting.
Best day I had was in August of 2012 with 121 visits. February 2013 was my best month, I had 462 people check in. Over the year, I’ve had 3757 views, which equals out to an average of slightly over 10 a day. May not seem like a lot, but I’m happy with the numbers so far. My new goal is to increase the number of visitors to this site and I believe in order to do this, I better get some books on the market.
So, that’s my goal for the next twelve months. Query a different publisher every week for the next couple months and if I haven’t received a bite from any of them, I will self-publish in time for Christmas. Then have another book ready for March, and another one by June.
For my faithful followers, a heart-felt and sincere thank you for taking the time to visit with me once a week. I appreciate it, and will reward you with a signed copy of my first novel, which won’t get you anything when you try to sell it on e-bay, but will make a delightful door stop. Cheers.