I’m Glad You’re Finally Over, April

April reminded me of months from the middle of last year in which I operated the blog exactly the same as I’d done before, and it just wasn’t producing as well as I’d like. This isn’t me complaining, this is a simple fact. I have no idea why, but April was the first month that actually went down in terms of site views compared to the same month in 2014. Which is going to be even worse because May is also going to see a decline in site views compared to last year. How do I know that? Because May of last year still holds the record for most views in a calendar month. BUT all of that is fine because there were some positives to come out of the month. Let’s take a look. As always, the previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 30 (31)

Likes: 765 (837)

Comments: 967 (2121)

Followers: 2712

Books Read: 0 (4) <- this is only for 2015.

Poems Posted: 1 (2) <- same as above.

Everything looks pretty normal from afar, but this was actually the second best month ever in terms of Likes. And it was the best month of 2015 for comments. I was on a pace to finally hit a thousand comments again for most of the month, but ultimately fell just short. With the extra day coming in May I fully expect to hit that number.

My reading is still stuck and I’ve hesitated to post any new poems because WordPress hasn’t been letting me format the text in those particular posts to my liking and each time I post one it’s just a big hassle that I don’t want to deal with. Here are some posts:

Top Post

I’m Going on Vacation!

Favorite Post

Stop Eating While Reading

Post you may Have Missed

If you Could Meet one Author, who Would it be?

Guys, I know I fooled a number of you with my vacation post. So now this is me telling you that it was indeed all a joke for April Fool’s Day. It’s been the top post of the month for every single day of April. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen before. Anyway, y’all were nice about it and I decided to let it play out. Eh. I’m not sorry. It was all in fun and no one got hurt.

So that’s it! My month of blogging in a nutshell. Tell me about yours, please.


On this day in 2014 I published An Open Invitation. Guys, I’d highly recommend taking a look at the posts I mention in this section this month because there has to be a reason last May was so much better than any other month. Perhaps the posts were just better.

 

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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?

I Don’t Have a Catchy Title for my November Recap

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November has a couple of holidays, the start of the holiday shopping season, and a new second best month of the year for your favorite blog! Yep. It’s kind of a big deal because toward the end of the month I noticed a lot less traffic right around the Thanksgiving holiday. And I STILL managed to best last month by a healthy margin. Now let’s get into some stats. The previous record will be in parenthesis.

Posts: 29 (31)

Likes: 417 (584) I’m fully convinced this record will never fall.

Followers: 2005 (1866)

Not much to say here. I had more unique visitors in November than any previous month, but still just barely fell short of a new record for overall site views. I’m just going to start considering the month of May as my blogging golden age. Cause nothing I’ve done since then has been able to match it. Oh well. I’m content with where I am right now. Now on to some posts.

Top Post

Do Reviews Really Influence Your Book Buying Decisions?

Favorite Post

What I Thought of Mockingjay Part 1

Post you may Have Missed

Which Authors Would you Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner?

So that’s it. The surprise of the month was the top post. I usually don’t check to see what’s leading the way until I write my recap and this one just narrowly had more views than one other.

Two things to tell y’all about December. First, I’m going to stop posting poems on the weekends. I feel like y’all don’t see them that way. So I’m just going to mix them in with my regular posts during the week. Second, I’m going to test out a new posting time of the day. I’ve tried posting at midnight before and it didn’t really do anything for me. But ever since I began blogging daily I’ve always posted at 9:40 a.m. Central time. And it’s worked. But now I’m going to try the afternoon. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I’m greedy and just want as many people to read my posts as possible. But really, who doesn’t want that?

So here’s to December!

And instead of reading this post on your WordPress app, read it on your computer or browser on your phone! Why? Cause it’s snowing on Write me a Book, John! It will be for the next month or so.

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?

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.