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!

The June Bug of Blogging

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Seriously, could I have come up with a worse title for this post? Don’t think so.

Anyway, this is my monthly recap in which I discuss the previous month’s posts and interactions with you guys. June was a bit of a let down. In March, April, and May I’d set records pretty much across the board for everything on here, but in June I didn’t set any. It was the first month of 2014 in which I did not improve on the previous month’s record of site views. Don’t go yelling at me that site views are not what blogging is about because I already know this. This month was just a little more work than usual is all I’m saying. Okay. Let’s see what I did. My monthly record will be in parenthesis next to what I did in June.

Posts: 22 (26)

Likes: 523 (584)

Comments: 1624 (2121)

New followers: 289 (511)

You see, no records were in any danger of being broken, but eh it happens that way sometimes. Maybe I need to come up with some better material? Or maybe I should just make this a food blog? Or maybe you guys need to open your eyes? Just kidding. A little.

Top Post

How Important is a Creative Writing Degree?

Favorite Post

Saturday Selects: The perfection we all know as Jennifer Lawrence

Post you may Have Missed

Something More Important than Books

That’s all guys. Feel free to tell me about your month of blogging or writing or whatever you want. Or don’t.

April Showers Bring More…Bloggers?

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The month of April was rather terrific for me. I’m not all about site stats, but I enjoy having an audience and having particular bloggers return to my blog each day to see my new posts. It’s a wonderful feeling. AND Texas weather finally decided that it was done playing games with us. Plenty of days with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. Can you say spring? Anyway, why don’t I stop talking about the weather and talk about the month that was.

In April I broke my previous record for posts in a single month. The previous record was set in March with 22. And I also shattered my records for interaction from other bloggers. I mean, you’ll see the numbers in just a bit. This is why I love you all. Seriously, y’all have no idea. I tell people about y’all all the time. Here’s my breakdown for the month. The previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 26 (22)

Likes: 500 (186)

Comments 1092 (327)

New Followers: 511 (260)

OH MY GOODNESS! How are those numbers even possible?! I knew this month was better than March based on my interaction with you guys each day, but when I sat down and calculated everything I was blown away. I love you guys. I don’t care if we’ll never meet face-to-face, I do. 1092 comments!? What the heck are y’all doing on here? Are y’all spamming me? Ha. The hilarious part of that is that one person accounted for 10% of the comments for the month. She’s great. I love her the most. Okay, not really. Yes I do.

Top Post

Books I Will NEVER Read

Favorite Post

15 Reasons to Read This Post!

Post you may Have Missed

Deciding What to Read Next

Well that’s it. April was by far my best month of blogging ever. Please keep coming back. I promise to always have something interesting for you. Promise!

Tell me about your month. What books did you read? Maybe you participated in National Poetry Month or the A to Z Challenge. Or you broke up with your boyfriend. Just tell me. This was my most revealing month ever, so now it’s your turn to tell me your life story.