Hello again! For those of you who are interested in such things, here is my annual round-up of some of my blog’s more interesting stats for the past year.
I’ve been writing this blog since August of 2011. When I began it, my intention was to post once a week. That worked for a while, until it didn’t because I was busy writing books and also raising kids who weren’t all that tiny anymore. Life got more busy with my day job and my family and my manuscripts and my author appearances. No complaints, but of course it meant I wasn’t producing as much new content on the blog as I would have liked.
Still, I persisted.
I have found over the years that series are especially popular here, and the most popular by far has always been the Poem-A-Day I curate in April for National Poetry Month. Other most viewed posts this year included my review of my Moss Wood Writing Retreat experience and Witchy Weekends — which this year saw a new format for me, an ongoing story told in weekly installments.
Most people found my blog this past year (as has probably always been the case) through Google searches, but a whole lot of readers come via WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter. This year I’m going to experiment more with Instagram and see if that can become a place where readers can find the blog as well.
Readers in 2019 came from dozens of countries, but the biggest audience is in the US. No surprise there, since that’s where I’m based, too, and I’m writing this blog in English. Usually the next biggest audience is either in UK or Canada, but this year India beat them both out! I think that’s because in I included a poem by Kabir Das in my aforementioned Poem-A-Day series this year, and that post gets a lot of traffic on a regular basis.
My views in 2019 were way more than in 2018. In 2018, the site had almost 6,000 hits, and in 2019, I enjoyed closer to 10,000. I like that trend. I will continue to write more here if more people are reading the posts — and especially commenting on them. One way this will help shape the content here is by telling me which of the three dozen books I completed on my 2019 Reading Year in Review list you want commentary on.
Another way is to just post in the comments something you’d like me to write about. I’m open to most topics, if I know (or can learn) anything about them. What are you interested in reading about here?
Thank you, as always, for reading this blog and being part of the emerging community here. Sappho’s Torque is gaining new subscribers regularly, and I never take that for granted.
Have a wonderful new year!
Want to read more of my writing that’s already published? Click here for poetry, click here for urban fantasy, and click here for realistic flash fiction. You can also buy my books in Houston at Blue Willow Bookshop, and I hope you will! 🙂