March Sets a New Record

February set a new record for most views per day in a calendar month, and now March has set the record for most Likes in a calendar month. March was actually on a record-setting pace for most of the month, but then slowed down a bit. Let’s take a look. Previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 31 (31)

Likes: 837 (714)

Comments: 839 (2121)

Followers: 2582

Books Read: 0

Poems Posted: 2

Very recently I reached 700 Likes for a calendar month for the first time (January) and now I’ve gone ahead and reached 800. Go, me! But I know what you’re thinking when you read those numbers. You’re thinking about the donut next to the number of books I read. It’s okay. I’m not worried about it. Everything else looks fine to me. Now for some posts.

Top Post

2500 WordPress Followers and Surprise!

Favorite Post

Saturday Selects #13: Love has no labels

Post you may Have Missed

20 Years ago Today…

Everyone has always loved it when people write about how great their blog is doing, so I fully expected the top post this month to be the top post. After a quarter of the calendar year I’m well on my way to posting the number of poems I’d like to post and reaching my other blog-related goals. AND I’ve now posted each day in February and March. I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up with my trip and just being sleepy most days, but I’ll go as long as I can.

Tell me about your March. My favorite part was that Spring finally arrived here in Texas!

February Sets a New Standard

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No. I wasn’t my best month ever in terms of site views. Mostly because there were only 28 days in the month. BUT it did break the record for average views per day! So that’s exciting. It did better than last May, which is pretty remarkable. Let’s get into some stats. As always, previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 28 (31)

Likes: 693 (714)

Comments: 820 (2121)

Followers: 2,439

Books Read: 0

Poems Posted: 1

Uh oh. My goal of reading 50 books this year took a little hit and I’ve only posted three poems since the start of the new year. But I’m not worried. One can accomplish many things in ten months. Now for some posts.

Top Post

Do Your Books Have a Prologue?

Favorite Post

Stop Smelling Your Books

Post you may Have Missed

#WCW Bookish Edition

I almost had one of my guest posts take the top spot for the month. I think it ultimately finished third. And I’m not forgetting about that. The week of guest posts (last week) had my single best day of the year, and then followed it up with my second best day of the year immediately after. But for whatever reason there weren’t as many comments on the guest posts as I’d have hoped. I’d had three consecutive weeks of 240+ comments until I didn’t come anywhere close to that number last week. But it’s okay! Overall, February was a great month with a number of great posts. Definitely looking forward to March, and I’ll have a surprise for all of you soon. Stay tuned!

How was your month?

 

January’s Great Start to 2015

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I didn’t know what to expect in January. Last year when my blog was still a baby, the entire month of January had a grand total of 38 views. I hadn’t yet adopted my new posting philosophy and I think I still had some posts about my own writing. But last month turned out quite well. It became my third best month ever, only eleven views from taking the second spot. So it was a nice month. Anyway, let’s get on with some stats from the month. I’m changing it up just a bit for the new year. And as always, previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 29 (31)

Likes: 714 (689) New record!

Comments: 604 (2121)

Followers: 2325

Books Read: 4

Poems Posted: 1

Nothing special here. This was actually the first month I ever hit 700 Likes. That’s exciting, but it would be more so if those people would comment instead of just hit Like and move on. Eh. But if you’ve read my previous monthly recaps then you know I’ve added two new categories. I’m going to start including the number of books I read and the number of poems I post in my monthly recaps. It’ll be an easy way to see how close I am to reaching my goal of reading 50 books and posting 25 poems in 2015. Now for some posts.

Top Post

How Helpful are Writing Books?

Favorite Post

Writers, Stop Saying You’re OCD

Post you may Have Missed

Amazon’s List of 100 Books Everyone Should Read: #44 Moneyball by Michael Lewis

And just a quick announcement. I’ll be posting everyday in February. Woo! Cause I know you’re so happy to hear that. I typically only miss one or two days a month anyway, but February is such a short month that I don’t see why I can’t just go ahead and post each day. So I will. AND I’m going to be asking y’all an important question in the coming days. Stay tuned!

How was your January?

October Continues the Trend

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Okay guys, I have some pretty good news. First, in my September recap post I  said I wanted to try to post every day of October. I did it! There were a few days on which I almost didn’t post for whatever reason, but I always did. I’ve now posted each day since September 29. That’s a lot of bookish posts with some poems mixed in along the way. Now let me get into the stats for the month. The previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 31 (26) New Record! Obviously, considering I’ve never tried posting everyday.

Likes: 547 (584) This is just not an easy number to reach.

Followers: 1866 Rather than saying how many I added this month, I’ve decided to just put the total number from now on.

I don’t have the number of comments because I sparingly replied to comments this month. So I have a million that are still pending. I’m going to go back and read them all and I’ll reply if I catch a few that were really good. But mostly, I’ll just be approving the comments and moving on.

Some more good news. The trend that the title of this post is referring to is that it appears I’m back on the right track. I have a number in mind in terms of site views that I try to reach each month that I hadn’t reached since June, until October. It ended up being the second best month of the year. And by far the best month in terms of unique visitors. Both good signs. Now for posts.

Top Post

Autumn (poem)

Favorite Post

A New Writing Project?

Post you may Have Missed

BTK to Help Write Book

Well look at that! My top post for the entire month was a poem I wrote! I am under no impression that I write some enlightened poetry, but I think that’s kind of cool. Actually, the second best post of the month was Do you Read Poetry?. So my top two posts were about poetry. Woo to that!

Last thing, I’ve got a question for you all. I kind of like this posting everyday thing. But what do you think about the weekdays being about books, writing, and all that stuff and Saturday and Sundays being about other things? This would essentially end my Saturday Selects series of posts. I know from experience that you guys read my non-bookish posts less than my regular ones, but it’s just a thought. Or maybe I can post poems on the weekends? Tell me what you think and about your October.

September Recap and October Surprise

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Oh the dreaded monthly recap post. Last month a number of you all were telling me how sad I seemed or upset or I don’t even know, and it was just really me not being into blogging. I like blogging, but it has no impact whatsoever on my actual life. I mean, you guys can’t take this stuff that seriously. Anyway, September finally stopped the downward trend of my blog. Wasn’t an incredible month, but it was a step in the right direction. Let me break down the stats and then I’ll share a little surprise that I’m going to have for you all during the month of October. The previous monthly record will be in italics.

Posts: 22 (26)

Likes: 411 (584)

Comments: 557 (2158)

New Followers: 253 (511)

Nothing jumps off the page when I see those numbers, but the two parts of the equation that I don’t show you did manage to exceed my expectations this month. Ever since the month of May I’d seen each month garner a less number of site views and essentially the same number of unique visitors to the site. That changed in September. As for site views, well September was only my fifth best month of the year. But it improved upon August. And as for unique visitors, September actually had nearly 300 more unique visitors than my best previous month. What this tells me is that I have a growing constant readership, but new readers aren’t always sticking around like I’d want them to be. But I’m not complaining. Maybe I’ll start sharing the number of site views and visitors with you all. Hm. My reasoning for not doing so is that I don’t write these recap posts so you can compare your numbers to mine and realize how much smaller your blog is or how “popular” mine is, and I’m afraid that might happen if I share those two things. Although I’m positive that some of your blogs with fewer posts and less followers are able to far exceed the numbers I share with you all, and I have no issue with that. Okay, now for some posts.

Top Post

Give me a Typewriter

Favorite Post

Inked (poem)

Post you may Have Missed

Writing by Candlelight

That’s it. My blogging month of September in a nutshell. Now for my little surprise. I’ve decided to post every single day during the month of October. And also that every post (excluding my Saturday Selects post) will be about books or writing or something that fits with the theme of this blog. That’s going to take a lot of time, but I think I can make it happen. I think. My one question for you today is whether you’d like for me to share with you the number of site views and unique visitors my blog receives each month in these recap posts. Not to put those two things in your face, but perhaps to paint a greater picture and give a better perspective. Let me know.

PS: the top post this month was actually published on a Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen. Forget all this downward stuff, we’re going to make October the best month in the short history of Write me a Book, John! Yep. How was your month?

Let the Downward Spiral Known as my Blog Continue

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I didn’t feel like writing my monthly recap post this time around. Why? Because August amounts to what I consider a joke. I wrote some okay posts and read about two the whole month. I first started writing these monthly recap posts earlier this year because I was excited to see how well I’d done the previous month compared to others. But over the course of summer that excitement has all but faded. I’m not excited to write new posts. I rarely read posts on blogs I follow. And either read and ignore comments, or reply 12 hours later even though I saw it within minutes of it being written. Most of the time, sometimes I actually see it way later. Anyway, then I figured that I’m either going to write the recap posts every month or I’m not going to write them at all. I guess I’m still writing them. For now.

Monthly stats. Previous monthly record will be in italics.

Posts: 21 (26)

Likes: 383 (584)

Comments: 1198 (2158)

New followers 109 (511)

And now for some posts.

Top Post

Writing as a Hobby

Favorite Post

Need Some Motivation to get back to Writing?

Post you may Have Missed

If you Could Jump Into any Story

That’s it. I’m not going to pretend that September is going to be better. Cause it likely will be worse. But eh, what’s it matter? How was your blogging month?

In other news, I hit 1500 WordPress followers during August. This should have happened about three months ago but whatever.

July: A month to forget

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Okay guys, July was a terrible month. Since I started the everyday posting schedule back in February, this was my worst month. But whatever. I thought I wrote some great posts and for whatever reason you guys just didn’t enjoy them. Interaction with me was down across the board and I really don’t know why. Okay, yes I do. I failed as a blogger this month. I never felt like reading other blogs and I often times woke up from a nap or from sleep with a barrage of comments and I just didn’t feel like responding a good chunk of the time. Eh. No worries. I can’t help it if I like my sleep and I had some other stuff going on during the month.

Let’s just get into the stats. My previous record is in parenthesis.

Posts: 24 (26)

Likes: 469 (584)

Comments: 2158 (2121) NEW RECORD!

New followers: 214 (511)

You’re probably wondering how the heck I could get over 2000 comments and call it a bad month. Well let me tell you. One person, hey Jess, had a huge chunk of the total number of comments for the month. So this wasn’t a great month in which dozens of bloggers commented on posts, this was a case of one blogger blowing up my blog! Ha!

Top Post

Why I Think NaNo Anything is Dumb

Favorite Post

A Recommendation!

Post you may Have Missed

Why I Don’t Write Book Reviews

That’s all, guys. I’m trying to be better, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. To next month!