My one year stats.

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.

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18 Responses to My one year stats.

  1. steve capper says:

    We have about 5/8th of an inch missing off one table leg. This must equate to about 78 -85 pages of bound folio. Do you think you could limit the novel to something in this range please?

  2. Linda H says:

    1 year eh….. my how time flys.

  3. Barb Taub says:

    (Logging in from the wilds of Norfolk, where I’ve finally found a friendly wifi hotspot.) Congratulations on a year (!) of blogging. Your prolific posts put me to shame, as I’ve only managed 39 posts, of which several were reblogs. My resolve is to be more like you!

    • ajcap says:

      Hotspots are rare in Norfolk, are they? You should mention this problem to their Chamber of Commerce. Or do Norfolkians prefer to be wireless?

      Enough blather, thank you very much for your congrats, and your resolve is a good one. More people should be like me. I am a wonderful person and a helluva dancer, as I proved last night at the wedding of Adam, son of one of my BFF’s. Actually, early this morning. Not hung over yet, so must still be tipsy. Never drunk. Nice girls never get drunk. But apparently they do attempt to line dance when they don’t know their left from their right, or a stomp from a slide.

      Will not be getting any writing done today. I’ll Google Norfolk instead.

      • Danielle says:

        I lost my internet service at home yesterday. I tried rebooting the router and everything else I could think of, but nothing worked. After being on the phone with Verizon and their tech support trying various methods to reconnect me, they determined that a new router is the solution. Ugh! They told me it will take 1-3 business days, which means I could get it Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. In the meantime, since I have the capability to use my cell phone as a mobile hotspot and have an unlimited data plan, that’s what I’m doing. I keep my cell phone plugged in because I’m going to be online for a while. It’s a thought for when you’re in a pinch.

  4. Danielle says:

    I’m impressed with your ability to write a blog a week. I ‘m not even close to that. Are your books in March and June going to be part of a series with the same characters as the first book?

    Are you getting any requests for partials or full mss with your querying?

    • ajcap says:

      Thanks, Danielle, I’m kind of impressed with myself as well…at least, as far as blogging goes. If I missed a week, I posted two the next but that happened very seldom. I keep a notebook of blog ideas when they strike me and I find that helps quite a bit.

      Yes, Mabel is a series and since I’ve outlined the next two books, I’m hoping they’ll be quicker to write. I’ve learned a lot from this first book in the series so I’ll know what to look for in the next two. Like not so much back story. And not to get lost in my storytelling. I tend to ramble (I know, you’re surprised) which means there are parts that simply do not propel the story forward. I’ve had to kill quite a few darlings.

      No, no requests for full mss but I’ve only queried twice. I’m still not happy with my ending so I’m not pursuing publishers as enthusiastically as I should. But I’m close. Deadline is end of this month.

  5. Danielle says:

    Well, I can’t wait to read the first book! Good luck in whatever way you decide to get it published. But, hurry up! :-)

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