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Week in Review – February 5, 2017

Caught a cold. One that has resulted in a lack of motivation. That’s what happened this past week. I had so many plans put off by this cold. Mostly videos, that is. So, what happened this week?

Reading

I finished Animal Farm, by George Orwell! And then I started Theft of Swords, by Michael J. Sullivan. I’m now at 4% finished. It’s a big book.

Writing

Nothing, but then, I can’t really concentrate when I have a cold like this.

Videos

This is where the cold really reduced my productivity. I ended up uploading only 1 video to my main channel. Even the ones I’d completed the week before, I never got around to editing and uploading. Wow.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

I need to get back to work on languages.

The Blog

January turned out to be the best month in stats in four months. But really, I haven’t done anything major in the past week. Again, creativity is difficult when you’re sick.

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

Get over this cold! And I’ll see if I can record a video tomorrow and some on Wednesday. And blog posts will continue as usual. Wish me luck!

How was your week?

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!

Week in Review – January 29, 2017

The past week has been busy. Not so much online, but there was a lot in my personal life. This includes my daughter’s birthday in the middle of the week and her birthday party today. And this blog had a huge milestone.

Reading

I almost finished Animal Farm, by George Orwell. I’m at 92% done, and I’ll easily finish it tomorrow. Then it’s on to a new book, Theft of Swords, by Michael J. Sullivan.

Writing

I didn’t get anything done, unfortunately.

Videos

It was an odd week for videos. I actually recorded 6 videos for my main channel, but only uploaded 3. I will be uploading the remaining 3 this week, as wel as recording new ones. I still haven’t done the new channel trailers, though.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

I need to get back to work on languages.

The Blog

100,000 views! I reached that huge milestone today, actually. It’s hard to imagine that number of people. Of course, it’s the number of views, not number of people who read my posts. But still, amazing!

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

Get back on track with everything, especially since the month is ending and another is beginning. I need to get caught up with comments and social media. I want February to get off to a great start in all aspects.

How was your week?

Week in Review – January 22, 2017

Another slow week in some respects, but I felt pretty busy. It was back to school for my daughter, and she’s started doing something: reading! She’s now learning to read words, rather than just letters. And she’s learning quickly. I’m impressed. I can’t wait until she can read a book all by herself. So, what else happened?

Reading

I finally started reading Animal Farm by George Orwell, and I was able to finish 47% of it in one day. I think I’ll finish it this week easily. With two books finished this year, I’ll be ahead of my monthly goal by one.

Writing

Although not writing, I’ve been preparing to work on some world building.

Videos

I only uploaded three videos on my main channel, but I’ve returned to my normal video-making pace this weekend. I’ve also announced that I’ll be working on world building videos. I’m still trying to figure out the new video editor.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Nothing, but feeling motivated to work on Japanese, French, and Norwegian. Yes, Norwegian.

The Blog

Nothing special in the past week, but continuing with once a day posting. I’m also keeping a very close eye on my stats. You see, I’m approaching a huge milestone. I may achieve it before the end of the month. However, when I resumed twice a day posting, my stats returned to what they were before. Back to once a day, and it’s slowed down again. It’s all about the number of posts, it seems. But also how much I use social media and comment on other blogs. Must get back to work on that!

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

Catch up on social media for both videos and the blog. Keep up to date on comments, and comment on other blogs. I need to do that all again. Also, I intend on doing a Star Trek Project post, as well as the Argentina book post. And more!

How was your week?

Hit By the YouTube Subscriber Glitch

Have you heard of the subscriber glitch on YouTube? In a nutshell, what happens is that the moment you upload a video, you lose subscribers. Many big YouTubers have been complaining about this for months. I didn’t complain about it, because it didn’t seem to affect me at all. I had solid subscriber growth. Until about a month ago, that is.

It seems that I lose subscribers as fast as I gain them, and the losses are almost always the very moment I upload a video. You think it may be because someone just didn’t like my video? That may be possible, but it’s happening to far too many people, and the decrease in subs happens the very moment videos are uploaded.

A couple weeks ago, another booktuber sent me a message, saying that she was no longer subscribed to my channel. However, she never unsubscribed from me. She was just suddenly unsubscribed. She subscribed again, and everything is fine. However, many of the people who are unsubscribed never notice it, especially if they watch videos from many different channels.

I personally haven’t noticed being unsubscribed from other channels. However, it’s very possible that I have been unsubscribed. I watch so many channels that it’s easy to miss just one or two.

This problem is something that YouTube seems to be just pushing aside and not properly addressing it. They’ve even commented that they don’t unsubscribe people from other channels. They say that if you’re subscribed, your subscription won’t be removed. But the thing is, people are being unsubscribed without their consent all the time! This is a problem for those who use YouTube for their main income. If they lose subscribers, they lose views. That lowers their revenue. Not good.

If you make YouTube videos, have you been noticing a sudden drop in subscribers when you upload videos? Let me know in the comments below.

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.