First Year Blogging Anniversary & May Recap

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Let’s first start with a quick recap of the month of May. April had been what I could only describe as a ridiculous month for me in terms of the amount of interaction that took place on this here blog of mine. And guess what? For the third month in a row I’ve set records for Likes, comments, and site views. Of course, it isn’t all about those things, but I don’t think a blog can be successful without a real audience, and I feel I definitely have that now. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers before I discuss my thoughts about my first year of blogging. The previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 25 (26)

Likes: 584 (500)

Comments: 2121 (1092)

New followers: 365 (511)

Let me take a deep breath. Okay. 2121 comments?!?!?! Last month I thought 1092 was a stupidly high number and then BAM the number doubled. Holy mother of all things blogging. This is simply insanity. That is all.

Top Post

Reading Multiple Books at Once

Favorite Post

Help Wanted!

Post You May Have Missed

Introduction of my TBR Piggy!

I’d normally throw in a little commentary, but instead let’s just move on to talk about my first year of blogging.

I received the notification I knew was coming yesterday from WordPress telling me that I’d registered on the site exactly one year ago. This blog has been a huge delight since I first started it. I remember thinking how in the heck would I ever get people to read it. Then on my first ever blog post I think I got my first follower. She’s from Australia, but I checked recently and she hasn’t blogged in months. Oh well. No point in being sentimental about it.

Anyway, the major thing that’s happened during my first year of blogging has nothing to do with any of my 175 posts. I keep saying it, and I’ll keep saying it until you guys really realize it, but it’s all about the people I get to interact with everyday. Sure, many of you seem to disagree with me on just about every topic I write about, but that’s okay. Just don’t yell at me. I’m no good with that. I’ll just kick you in the shin and be done with you.

I’ve linked to this post a bunch in previous posts because it’s far and away my most popular post I’ve written. It has like five times the number of views as the second most popular, which was the top post from May. That’s crazy.

Print vs. E-Book: Which side are you on?

Thanks guys, for a great first year of blogging. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.

 

What Writers Should NOT Post on Their Blogs

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No I’m not talking about personal information that shouldn’t be posted anywhere on the internet. That’s just common sense. I’m talking specifically about writers. I’ll give you a second to think about it before I continue to see if you can go ahead and guess it.

Didn’t think of anything, okay. I’m talking about excerpts from their work.This rule does not apply to those who plan on self-publishing because CreateSpace or Lulu or whichever company you use does not care about this. BUT for those of us who are crazy enough to think we can actually secure an agent and publishing deal with a traditional publisher, I AM talking to you.

Now I’ve never started querying agents or anything like that yet, but it is my understanding that agents and publishers don’t care if it’s on your blog or self-published or what, published is published. If parts of your story can be read for free online or by reading your self-published book, then I can’t imagine either wanting to touch that story. Why? Because it’s been published already.

Just think about if J.K. Rowling or James Patterson or (insert well-known author here) were to release the first half of their books on their websites or blogs. What if their readers read the excerpt and decided against buying the rest. It’d be a bad deal for the author, right? Now think of an agent or publisher who is considering your manuscript for representation or publication. If parts of your story can be read, then parts of your story have likely been read, right? Which means some people would go ahead and buy the rest and others wouldn’t. Makes no sense for either of them to really consider the work if potential readers have already been lost.

Actually, Patterson usually does something like this, but I’ve only ever seen it on Amazon and it’s usually less than 20 pages. I think.

So tell me, have you gotten to the stage of querying agents and ever been asked about what has or hasn’t been posted on your blog or website?

Lastly, I wrote my first ever guest post yesterday! It’s over on Kathy’s blog and it pertains to author stigma. Give it a read!