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Month in Review – January 2017

The first month of the year was a decent one. But it wasn’t what I expected. What was supposed to be a two post a day month turned into a post a day again. But despite that, the numbers have increased. And the blog reached a major milestone. January ended with 1,686 followers, an increase of 27.

January Stats

January’s numbers saw an improvement over the previous three months. That was nice to see. The average number of views per day was 78, which was better than the last three months of the year. Only 5 out of 31 days reached 100 views, which is better than December. The best day was January 4th with 127 views. The total number of views in January was 2,426, the 28th month in a row over 2,000. January ended with 100,243 views, passing 100,000 views. There were 34 posts in January, bringing it to a total of 2,206.

In December, there were 198 comments, which was slightly higher than December. That brings it to a total of 16,884.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,285 views)
  2. Canada (220 views)
  3. United Kingdom (124 views)
  4. India (110 views)
  5. Australia (105 views)
  6. Japan (94 views)
  7. Germany (42 views)
  8. France (30 views)
  9. Jamaica (26 views)
  10. Netherlands (24 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of January were:

  1. Authors Answer 116 – Writing the Opposite Sex (54 views)
  2. Hit By the YouTube Subscriber Glitch (51 views)
  3. Authors Answer 115 – Common Mistakes by New Authors (35 views)
  4. Authors Answer 114 – 2017 Writing Plans (29 views)
  5. Authors Answer 117 – Difficult and Easy Scenes to Write (26 views)

The most popular post written before January was once again, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality. It had 122 views.

Older posts remain popular, especially reviews of Shakespearean plays. The newer posts were slow again, thanks to my inability to keep up on social media again. My fault. The beginning of the month was actually quite strong, but it slowed down as I fell behind. As a result, several posts had fewer views than normal. Here are the ones which underperformed and I think you should check out.

Reviews

Nothing, except movie and TV reviews. Must get the book reviews done!

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,671 followers, which is a decrease of 3.  I follow 3,684, which is unchanged from last month. I haven’t been particularly active with following on Twitter. I finished with 10,180 tweets, with 149 coming in January. I was actually most active in the second half of the month.

On YouTube, I uploaded 12 videos in January. Very slow month. I have 366 subscribers, which is an increase of 24 from last month.  The month ended with 24,627 views, which is an increase of 1,912, despite the lower number of videos. Some of my older videos are actually remaining popular and ranking well in searches.

On Facebook, my author page has 84 followers, which is unchanged

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to February

I expect a better month in terms of blog posts, social media, and videos. I felt less motivation during the weeks after Christmas. I’ve been feeling a lot more motivation recently, so I’m hoping to get a lot done, including:

  • World Building posts and videos
  • Keeping up on social media
  • Keeping up with comments
  • New channel trailers for both of my videos
  • Science videos coming up!
  • Book reviews
  • More movie and TV reviews
  • More Star Trek!

There’s a lot to do, but I think I can do it. I’m looking forward to seeing what February brings!

Month in Review – December 2016

Happy New Year!

December slowed down. That was expected. I wasn’t planning on keeping the twice a day posting schedule I stopped doing three months ago. I even missed a day! However, the numbers aren’t that bad. With the holidays at the end of the month, a slowdown was expected. December ended with 1,659 followers, an increase of 26.

December Stats

December ended up being the second slowest month of the year in terms of views. It was better than October, but worse than November. The average number of views per day was 73, which is the second worst of the year. Only 3 out of 31 days reached 100 views, which is the same as November. The best day was December 29th with 121 views. The total number of views in December was 2,254, the 27th month in a row over 2,000. December ended with 97,817 views. There were 30 posts in December, bringing it to a total of 2,172.

In December, there were 187 comments, which was the worst in a while. That brings it to a total of 16,686.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,126 views)
  2. Canada (250 views)
  3. Japan (142 views)
  4. United Kingdom (140 views)
  5. Australia (81 views)
  6. India (71 views)
  7. Germany (31 views)
  8. Philippines (28 views)
  9. Croatia (23 views)
  10. Argentina (22 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of December were:

  1. WordPress Changes Things Again (55 views)
  2. Authors Answer 111 – Killing Off Main Characters (37 views)
  3. Authors Answer 113 – Writing in 2016 (28 views)
  4. Authors Answer 112 – Characters Celebrating Christmas (24 views)
  5. The Multilingual Desire (23 views)

The most popular post written before December was an old favourite, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality. It had 109 views.

Following the same trend from last month, older posts are remaining popular. That’s a good thing. However, since I’ve been falling behind on social media again, it the newer posts haven’t been receiving the benefits of publicizing. Despite that, there were some good performances. As for posts that didn’t perform well, and I think deserve a look, check out these:

Reviews

Nothing, despite what I promised. Next week, I have a lot of free time. Expect several reviews.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,674 followers, which is a decrease of 10.  I follow 3,684, which is a decrease of 3. I actually followed a lot. I think Twitter did a big purge of dead accounts. I finished with 10,031 tweets, with 159 coming in December. That’s less, but I was busier last month.

On YouTube, I uploaded 30 videos in December.  I have 342 subscribers, which is an increase of 40 from last month.  The month ended with 22,715 views, which is an increase of 2,052. It was another improved performance. The channel is growing.

On Facebook, my author page has 84 followers, which is a decrease of 1.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to January

With a new year comes new goals. I have plans to improve not only the blog, but also my booktube channel, get the science channel going, and have a stronger presence on social media. My specific goals are:

  • Resume twice a day posts on the blog.
  • Read other blogs for 15 minutes a day, including commenting and following.
  • Keep up on comments on this blog.
  • Post book reviews!
  • Keep up to date on social media regarding this blog.
  • Maintain a 5-7 video a week schedule for my booktube channel
  • Start my science channel and post 2 videos a week.
  • Make a new channel trailer for my booktube channel and another for the science channel.
  • Speed up my viewing of Star Trek and finish watching Attack on Titan, ending with a review.
  • Write at least 15 minutes a day.

As you can see, there’s plenty to do this month. There are other things I want to do, and I hope to get these things done. I really need to make sure I’ve got social media up to date and am active on it. I’m looking forward to the new year, because it has to be better than 2016!

Month in Review – November 2016

What a strange month. The numbers were not what I expected. I continued with posting once a day, but that didn’t hurt the numbers at all. In fact, this month had the third highest number of visitors for the year, but the second lowest in terms of views. But that’s not where the strangeness ends. November ended with 1,633 followers, a respectable increase of 59.

November Stats

November was the second slowest month of the year in terms of views. That was not unexpected. But it was still better than October. The average number of views per day was 76, which is the second worst of the year. Only 3 out of 30 days reached 100 views, which is a slight improvement. The best day was November 2nd with 112 views. The total number of views in November was 2,290, the 26th month in a row over 2,000. November ended with 95,563 views. There were 32 posts in November, bringing it to a total of 2,142.

In November, there were 221 comments, which was very low. That brings it to a total of 16,499.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,029 views)
  2. Canada (256 views)
  3. India (176 views)
  4. United Kingdom (146 views)
  5. Japan (83 views)
  6. Australia (73 views)
  7. Germany (39 views)
  8. Netherlands (34 views)
  9. Sweden (27 views)
  10. Philippines (21 views)

Top Posts

The top five (six) posts of November were:

  1. Authors Answer 108 – Bad Advice for Writers (35 views)
  2. International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (34 views)
  3. Really, Americans? (32 views)
  4. Authors Answer 107 – Our Works in Progress (31 views)
  5. Authors Answer 106 – What Authors Learn (29 views)
  6. Authors Answer 105 – New Knowledge Wishlist (29 views)

The most popular post written before November was Authors Answer 104 – Best Advice for Authors, which had a whopping 183 views.

For the first time ever, the majority of views on the blog were from older posts. This means that the older content is now enough to carry the blog. What concerns me is that my posts from this month didn’t gain many views. This is partly my fault, again with the lack of engagement in social media, delays in responding to comments, timing of my posts, and too many generic posts. December is going to be different. Let’s take a look at the posts that didn’t do well, and I feel they deserve another look:

Reviews

Nothing done. Need to get on this in December.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,684 followers, which is a very small increase of 26.  I follow 3,687, which is up by 76. I finished with 9,872 tweets, with 203 coming in November. I need to manage Twitter better.

On YouTube, I uploaded 30 videos in November.  I have 302 subscribers, which is an increase of 34 from last month.  The month ended with 20,663 views, which is an increase of 1,751. It was a better month, an improvement on October.

On Facebook, my author page has 85 followers, which is an increase of 3.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to December

I’m taking a completely different approach to December. This is the month I return to what worked well before. I will be trying to move away from video digests (I’ll still have the weekly one, which does reasonably well) and back to what I used to do a lot of. This includes:

  • Book reviews done in a timely manner
  • Worldbuilding posts, which tended to be fairly popular
  • Quick Facts posts, focusing on the moons of the solar system again
  • An author interview

Something I plan on expanding is the TV reviews. I already do Star Trek episode reviews, but I also plan on doing other science fiction and fantasy TV and movie reviews. But not episode by episode, just season or series reviews for TV.

As for social media, I’m going to do a big cleanup on Twitter for people who I follow, but don’t follow me. There are a lot who follow me only to get followers, then immediately unfollow as soon as I follow. I’ll be weeding those people out. I don’t appreciate people who do that. When I follow someone on Twitter, it’s because I have an interest in following them. If they follow me first, and I return the follow, I expect they want to follow me. However, if they unfollow me immediately, I unfollow them. I really don’t like those tactics. Follow because you want to follow, not because you want followers.

Another thing I need to do is comment on other blogs. I need to get back to doing that.

Month in Review – October 2016

It was an odd month. It was also the first month in a while that I failed to make two posts a day. I scaled back to once a day, but it was for a few reasons. I needed a bit of a breather. I needed to concentrate on some other things. And it’s going to continue into November because I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. October ended with 1574 followers, which is a very good increase of 64.

October Stats

October was the slowest month since November 2014. The average number of views per day was 70, which is the worst of the year. Only 2 out of 31 days reached 100 views, which is not good at all. The best day was October 28th with 199 views. The total number of views in October was 2,180, the 25th month in a row over 2,000. October ended with 93,277 views. There were 41 posts in October, bringing it to a total of 2,110.

In October, there were 246 comments, which was very low. That brings it to a total of 16,278.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,008 views)
  2. Canada (289 views)
  3. United Kingdom (209 views)
  4. India (84 views)
  5. Australia (79 views)
  6. Japan (76 views)
  7. Spain (40 views)
  8. Germany (27 views)
  9. Turkey (27 views)
  10. Netherlands (18 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of October were:

  1. Authors Answer 104 – Best Advice for Authors (158 views)
  2. An Introvert’s Life (47 views)
  3. Snow and Books! The Jay Dee Show 1 (32 views)
  4. Authors Answer 103 – Top Influencing Books (30 views)
  5. Authors Answer 101 – Books That Make Us Laugh (29 views)

Authors Answer 104 did incredibly well. That was a big one. The most popular post written before October was YouTube’s New End Card Feature with 141 views.

Underperformance was the theme for the entire month, except for a couple posts. Again, the issue was poor social media usage and responding to comments very late. Therefore, there were a few posts that didn’t do well. So, check out these posts, because they do deserve a look!

Reviews

I’d planned on doing these, but never did get around to them. Timing has been terrible.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,658 followers, which is a very small increase of 16.  I follow 3,611, which is up by 45. I finished with 9,669 tweets, with 203 coming in October. A good number of tweets, but a very small increase in followers.

On YouTube, I uploaded 29 videos in October.  I have 268 subscribers, which is an increase of 39 from last month.  The month ended with 18,912 views, which is an increase of 1,576. It was a decent month, but a bit down from the previous month.

On Facebook, my author page has 82 followers, which is an increase of 1.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to November

I’m pretty disappointed in October. More with myself, actually. Things I’d wanted to do at the beginning of October I never did. What I need to do are the following:

  • Use social media to promote the blog as soon as I’ve made the posts.
  • Schedule posts for late afternoon so they appear at times when people are reading blogs.
  • Schedule videos for late afternoon, as well.
  • Respond to comments within two days.
  • And probably most importantly, the thing that drives new readers and viewers to my blog and YouTube channels, go out and post comments on other blogs and videos! I need to spend time doing that.

I’m also going to work on getting those reviews up within the next couple weeks. There are four to do! And this is also the month in which I concentrate on writing. I’m doing NaNoWriMo, so I hope to get some good work done.

November, definitely the month to refocus.

Month in Review – September 2016

One step forward, one step back. September turned out to be the worst month in a long time, though not by much. Actually, the last four months have been pretty consistent. And I know why. More of that later. September ended with 1510 followers, an increase of 44.

September Stats

September was another slow month. The average number of views per day was 87, which equals July as the worst for the year. Only 6 out of 30 days reached 100 views, which is pretty bad. The best day was September 2nd with 130 views. The total number of views in September was 2,612, the 24th month in a row over 2,000. August ended with 91,097 views. There were 60 posts in September, bringing it to a total of 2,069.

In July, there were 287 comments, which was very low. That brings it to a total of 16,032.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,287 views)
  2. Canada (346 views)
  3. United Kingdom (247 views)
  4. Australia (115 views)
  5. India (112 views)
  6. Japan (69 views)
  7. Spain (34 views)
  8. Germany (28 views)
  9. France (24 views)
  10. Singapore (24 views)

Top Posts

The top five (six) posts of September were:

  1. What’s Going on With YouTube Demonetization? (73 views)
  2. Authors Answer 96 – Required Reading in English Class (64 views)
  3. Authors Answer 97 – Memorable School Reads (42 views)
  4. Authors Answer 98 – Why Did We Have to Read That in School? (40 views)
  5. Authors Answer 99 – That Annoying English Class Question (38 views)
  6. Goodbye, Old Friend (38 views)

This was the month of Authors Answer. All of them performed very well, though #100 was just posted yesterday. The most popular post written before September was YouTube’s New End Card Feature, which was also the most popular post in the month with 93 views.

A lot of posts underperformed. Again, this is a symptom of something I’m doing wrong. And I know what I’m doing wrong. I haven’t been keeping up with social media, I haven’t been replying to comments in a timely manner, and I’ve been posting far too many video posts. I’m going to change that, and I’ll talk about that at the end of the post. Here are the posts that didn’t perform well, but should be checked out:

That’s a lot. Must fix this.

Reviews

Again, none. I must get that backlog done. And that’s one of my goals this month.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,642 followers, which is a moderate increase of 56.  I follow 3,611, which is up by 75. I finished with 9,466 tweets, with 213 coming in September. I’ve been working on using Twitter more recently.

On YouTube, I uploaded 32 videos in September.  I have 229 subscribers, which is an increase of 58 from last month.  The month ended with 17,336 views, which is an increase of 1,866. It was a pretty good month, and it only seems to keep improving.

On Facebook, my author page has 81 followers, which is unchanged

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to October

With the poor performance over the last four months, I have some things I’m going to do.

First of all, keep up with social media. I will post each blog post on social media as soon as it’s done.

Second, I will start doing weekly digests for my videos. The video posts tend to perform poorly, so if you want to see the videos, then either subscribe to my channel or watch for the digest every week. I think they’ll come every Saturday. However, if the video is important and I have a post that’s relevant, it’ll be in that post.

Third, back to what I was doing before. More interesting, in depth posts in text form. That’s what blogs are for, reading. Not videos.

And finally, I have some reviews to post. They will be done!

So, October is the month to get back on track.

Month in Review – August 2016

Slight recovery for August. The numbers were better than July and April, but not so great. However, the second half of the month was looking much better! August ended with 1466 followers, an increase of 56.

August Stats

August was pretty slow. The average number of views per day was 88, the second worst of the year. Only 9 out of 31 days reached 100 views, though it improved toward the second half of the month. The best day was August 7th with 142 views. The total number of views in August was 2,733, the 23rd month in a row over 2,000. August ended with 88,485 views. There were 62 posts in August, bringing it to a total of 2,009.

In July, there were 364 comments, which was pretty low again. That brings it to a total of 15,745.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,334 views)
  2. Canada (346 views)
  3. United Kingdom (261 views)
  4. Japan (141 views)
  5. India (114 views)
  6. Australia (97 views)
  7. Belgium (46 views)
  8. Germany (28 views)
  9. Spain (25 views)
  10. France (22 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of August were:

  1. YouTube’s End Card Feature (62 views)
  2. Authors Answer 93 – The Practicality Engine (58 views)
  3. Authors Answer 92 – Lemons and Steel (55 views)
  4. Proxima Centauri b – Our Newest Neighbour (42 views)
  5. No Man’s Sky – First Impressions (41 views)

Authors Answer did quite well in August. The format for the month was popular. The most popular post written before August was one of the old popular posts, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality. It had 65 views.

With the improved use of social media in the second half of the month, I noticed an increase in views. But there were still several posts that underperformed. They were not promoted enough. These are the ones that didn’t do so well, but I think deserve a second look:

Quite a lot again. I noticed most are from the first half of the month. Bad social media promotion is to blame, I think.

Reviews

I’ve done a few of my old reviews on video. Check out my YouTube channel below.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,586 followers, which is a small increase of 36.  I follow 3,536, which is up by 58. I finished with 9,253 tweets, with 125 coming in August. That’s not so many.

On YouTube, I uploaded 28 videos in August.  I have 171 subscribers, which is an increase of 35 from last month.  The month ended with 15,470 views, which is an increase of 2,160. Very good month, though helped by the two viral videos I had. September should be lower again.

On Facebook, my author page has 81 followers, which is up by 1.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to September

Something big is happening in September, and that’s new Authors Answer contributors! We’ll also have our 100th Authors Answer at the end of the month. Hard to believe it’s been that many editions.

Hopefully, I’ll have some reviews up, as well as finishing a book or two. That would be nice to get over my reading slump.

On YouTube, I’ll continue as before, but hoping for some improvements, such as end cards. I’ve seen some improvement in subscriptions recently, and that coincides with better editing and more creative videos. I hope the trend continues.

I slowed down a bit with The Star Trek Project in the last couple weeks, but I hope to get back at it.

Basically, I feel that September is a month in which I try to improve many aspects: the blog, videos, and social media.

So, let’s look forward to September!

Month in Review – July 2016

Rather disappointing numbers this month. While it wasn’t the lowest in terms of views for the year, it was the slowest on average. July was slow last year, but not like this. On the other hand, I had a really big month on YouTube. July ended with 1410 followers, a rather decent increase of 46.

July Stats

July was slow. Really, really slow. The average number of views per day was 87, the lowest since December 2014. Only 9 out of 31 days reached 100 views, though there was a high in the middle and end of the month. The best day July 11th with 134 views. The total number of views in July was 2,698, the 22nd month in a row over 2,000. July ended with 85,752 views. There were 67 posts in July, bringing it to a total of 1,947.

In July, there were 375 comments, which was rather low. That brings it to a total of 15,381.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,076 views)
  2. Canada (494 views)
  3. United Kingdom (246 views)
  4. Japan (229 views)
  5. Australia (101 views)
  6. Belgium (84 views)
  7. India (62 views)
  8. Germany (30 views)
  9. South Korea (26 views)
  10. Ireland (25 views)

Top Posts

The top five (seven) posts of July were:

  1. My Selfish Wishlist of Things I Want to Do (41 views)
  2. 25 Facts About Me (40 views)
  3. Pokemon WENT (38 views)
  4. The Star Trek Project (33 views)
  5. Severe Thunderstorm Here Right Now! (Edmonton) (32 views)
  6. Authors Answer 91 – An Amazon Nightmare (32 views)
  7. Pokemon GO Available in Canada (32 views)

The most popular post written before July was one that went viral earlier this year. It was To Those Who Blame Justin Trudeau for CPP Investment in Mumbai with 162 views.

It was another slow month with no stand-out post. I think a lot of it has to do with my poor usage of social media recently. Here are the posts I think could have done better and deserve another look.

That’s a lot. And not all vlog posts this time. I’d just chalk it up to a slow summer.

Reviews

Nothing new.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,550 followers, which is an increase of 81.  I follow 3,478, which is up by 87. I finished with 9,128 tweets, with 143 coming in July.

On YouTube, I uploaded a huge 31 videos in July.  I have 136 subscribers, which is a big increase of 47 from last month.  The month ended with 13,310 views, which is an increase of 2,887. Best month ever, and better than the blog! However, there were a couple semi-viral videos, and I expect August to be lower.

On Facebook, my author page has 80 followers, which is up by 2.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I just started it, so it’s bound to have nothing at first.

Looking Ahead to August

July was disappointing on the blog, but amazing on YouTube. I expect August to continue with a lot of videos and the usual blog posts. However, there’s something new: The Star Trek Project. I will be reviewing every single Star Trek episode from every series, as well as every movie. This is a big project. It’ll be available both on my blog and on YouTube.

Authors Answer will be incredibly interesting this month. We’re doing something completely new, so look forward to this week’s.

Reviews need to be done, as well. I have three to do to get caught up, and I have my current books to finish reading. I haven’t done enough.

On social media, I will attempt to be all caught up this week, then stay caught up. This may help the numbers, too.

So, let’s have a great month in August! See improvements in social media, commenting, and more!