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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!

Month in Review – June 2016

Yoyo. That describes the last four months. High, low, high, low. April was the lowest month of the year statistically. June was the second lowest. But maybe that’s because of summer. Maybe it’s also because of my focus on YouTube. I’ll talk about that later. June ended with 1,364 followers, and increase of only 25.

June Stats

June had some really slow days. It started off on a really strong day, so I thought it would continue. But it didn’t. The average number of views per day was 94, which is the second lowest this year. Only 11 out of 30 days were over 100 views. The best day of the month was June 13th with 139 views. That’s not really that high. The total number of views in June was 2,807. It was the 21st month in a row over 2,000 views. The month ended with 83,054 views. There were 63 posts in June, bringing it to a total of 1,880.

In June, there were 414 comments, which was a bit slower than usual lately, bringing it to a total of 15,006 comments.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,242 views)
  2. Canada (370 views)
  3. United Kingdom (335 views)
  4. Japan (212 views)
  5. India (108 views)
  6. Australia (71 views)
  7. Spain (35 views)
  8. Brazil (32 views)
  9. Germany (31 views)
  10. Philippines (28 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of June were:

  1. How Do You Pronounce That? (50 views)
  2. Authors Answer 84 – Unusual Author Talents (47 views)
  3. My Daughter Loves My Little Pony (47 views)
  4. Romeo Peed on the Floor! (45 views)
  5. WordPress Now Difficult to Use With Firefox (45 views)

The most popular post written before June was a book review! It’s Book Review – Macbeth with 95 views. This is one of my posts that remains popular after so long.

My top posts didn’t exactly produce much interest. Not like usual. Here are some posts that under-performed, and I think they deserve another look.

That’s a long list. I’m thinking the problem is that blog readers aren’t as interested in vlogs, and I haven’t been keeping up with social media or comments as I usually have been. I must catch up and keep caught up, interact more, and be more active.

Reviews

Still behind on these. I need to get caught up with this.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,469 followers, which is an increase of 91.  I follow 3,391, which is up by 99. I finished with 8,985 tweets, with a big 170 coming in June.

On YouTube, I uploaded a whopping 19 videos in June.  I have 89 subscribers, which is a big increase of 34 from last month.  The month ended with 10,423 views, which is an increase of 625. Best month ever! This trend should continue, and possibly improve.

On Facebook, my author page has 78 followers, which is up by 3.

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 July

I need to regroup after having such a slow month. There are a few things I need to do.

While I will still post my YouTube videos on the blog, I plan on writing more in-depth posts along with the videos. Authors Answer is also much more interesting this month.

I need to focus on the reviews, as well. I need to get some things updated on the blog, and I’m thinking about doing a lot more writing-related posts. And I want to have a return of Worldbuilding and Quick Facts.

And I think one of the biggest things I need to do is reach out to other bloggers again. I need to read more blogs, comment more, and use social media more effectively. I must catch up with that and stay up to date.

So, even though it was a slow month, and I’m guessing it’s because of the summer weather, I aim to make big improvements for July. Thank you to everyone who has faithfully read my blog! Let’s have a great July!

Month in Review – May 2016

April was a slow month, but May rebounded very well. I returned to my usual twice a day posting schedule, and had one of my best months. While it wasn’t the top month, it had potential to be the best. A last minute slowdown stopped that from happening. The month ended with 1,339 followers, an increase of a healthy 54.

May Stats

May was an up and down month. It started strongly, then slowed down for the second week, then had an even stronger third week, then slower in the fourth week. The average number of views per day was 120. 23 out of 31 days were over 100, with 5 over 150. The best day of the month was May 19th with 196 views. The total number of views in May was 3,713, which is the 4th best month. It was the 20th time in a row over 2,000 views and 10th time over 3,000. The month ended with 80,292 views. There were 65 posts in May, bringing it to a total of 1,817.

In May, there were 660 comments, which brings it to a total of 14,592 comments.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,687 views)
  2. Canada (783 views)
  3. United Kingdom (365 views)
  4. Japan (195 views)
  5. Australia (106 views)
  6. India (59 views)
  7. France (44 views)
  8. Brazil (41 views)
  9. Germany (40 views)
  10. Argentina (30 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of May were:

  1. Tired of the Lies and Politicization of the Fort McMurray Disaster (113 views)
  2. I Do Not Write For Free (89 views)
  3. Fort McMurray Evacuation Mandatory (78 views)
  4. Authors Answer 81 – Google Search Visibility (77 views)
  5. Should an Author Blog? (63 views)

The most popular post written before May was To Those Who Blame Justin Trudeau for CPP Investment in Mumbai with 122 views. That’s the post that went viral in March.

It was a much better month, but there were still some posts that did not attract so many readers. However, I think they still deserve to be read. Here they are.

Also, there is one page I would like you to take a look at. It’s the newest page on the blog, and it’s dedicated to Patreon. It wasn’t viewed much at all. Please have a look at the Support page.

Reviews

No book reviews done this month. I really should get caught up. I should also read.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,378 followers, which is a big increase of 118.  I follow 3,292, which is up by 82. I finished with 8,815 tweets, with a huge 272 coming in April.

On YouTube, I uploaded 5 videos in May.  I have 55 subscribers, which is an increase of 4 from last month.  The month ended with 9,798 views, which is an increase of 118. I have a lot of videos to edit and upload about our move to Canada, as well as many videos about sightseeing in Japan to do. Hoping to even more this month.

On Facebook, my author page has 75 followers, which is up by 4.

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 June

This is going to be a big month for me in a few ways. I think the biggest is actually doing some writing. I’m set up to start using the office. Unfortunately, just a couple hours ago, we found that there are leaks in the basement.

I’ve been changing how I use social media, as well. So, I’m going to be working more on that in June. I’ll be socialising more, marketing less. I’ve already had a positive result on Twitter with that. I’ll be working more on Facebook to see how I can get that increased, too.

On YouTube, I’ll be uploading more videos, and definitely working on the Japan videos. Those are the interesting videos, ones that should attract more subscribers.

Also, expect more TV and movie reviews, starting with Sherlock, The Walking Dead, and The Princess Bride.

Thanks to everyone for reading, especially if you made it through this post. I’m looking forward to a productive June.

Month in Review – April 2016

It was a slow month on the blog in April, and the stats reflect that. I didn’t keep up with my previous twice a day posting schedule, but that should resume this month. The number of times I post per day has a direct effect on the stats. After having my two best months ever, I have my worst month since December 2014. Let’s look at the numbers. The month ended with 1285 followers, which is up by only 15.

April Stats

April started off normally, but dropped significantly as my posting changed to once a day. It recovered quite a bit when I posted twice a day as usual, though. The average number of views per day was 89. Only 10 out of 30 days were over 100 views, none reached 200. The best day of the month was April 25th with 151 views. The total number of views in April was 2,664, which is the 19th time in a row over 2,000 views. The month ended with 76,579 views. There were 49 posts in April, which brings it up to 1,752 posts total.

In April, there were 546 comments, which brings it up to a total of 13,932 comments.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,211 views)
  2. Canada (454 views)
  3. United Kingdom (326 views)
  4. Japan (243 views)
  5. Australia (69 views)
  6. India (35 views)
  7. Brazil (25 views)
  8. France (23 views)
  9. Spain (20 views)
  10. Ireland (19 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in April were:

  1. Culture Shock of a Four-Year-Old in Canada (72 views)
  2. Authors Answer 74 – What We Are Working on Now (68 views)
  3. Japanese School for My Daughter (53 views)
  4. Authors Answer 77 – Naming Characters (48 views)
  5. Our Odyssey to Canada (46 views)

The most popular post written before April was once again INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 45 views. That’s the second time in a row.

April was a slow month, and as a result of posting once a day and not using social media as much as I normally do (I’m still catching up!), many posts didn’t perform well. But they still deserve to be seen. Check out these posts:

Reviews

None at all this month. I found I didn’t have enough time to really concentrate on it. However, I almost wrote a TV series review.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,260 followers, which is an increase of 28.  I follow 3,210, which is up by 41. I finished with 8,543 tweets, with only 80 coming in April.

On YouTube, I uploaded 0 videos in April.  I have 51 subscribers, which is an increase of 1 from last month.  The month ended with 9,680 views, which is an increase of 133. I have a lot of videos to edit and upload about our move to Canada, as well as many videos about sightseeing in Japan to do. Hoping to do some this month.

Looking Ahead to May

A lot of the things we’ve needed to do have been finished. There are still some things to do, but I think a routine can be reestablished for this month, starting today. I’m going to resume my weekly series as well as I can.

You can expect some reviews this month, including TV reviews. Having access to Netflix is nice.

Resuming writing depends on how fast I can move to a room that’s filled with boxes, though it has a desk. It’s going to be sort of an office for me, and I’ll be away from TVs.

Social media is a big thing for this month, as well. I’m going to push to get caught up, then stay caught up. It’ll be a busy month for that.

Thank to everyone for sticking through my busy month with the lack of the expect twice daily posts. I’ll be getting back up to speed this month!

Month in Review – March 2016

Hello from Canada! I’ve now changed the time zone for my blog, so the stats are a little bit off, as the start time has now changed. That means that previous results are off by a few hours. Oh well. I’ll give you the stats for March as they stood for Edmonton’s time zone. Like I mentioned for the February review, it was the best month ever, and I expected March to slow down. Well, it didn’t. It ended up being my second best month ever! But just barely ahead of January 2016. The month ended with 1270 followers, up by only 26.

March Stats

March started off slowly, but started to get better toward the middle of the month. And then, an amazing thing happened. A post went viral. The average number of views per day was 121, which is the second best ever. Only 16 out of 31 days were over 100 views, but 1 day was over 200. In fact, that day was the best day ever. The best day of the month was March 22 with 438 views! The total number of views in March was 3,739, making it second best ever. It was the 18th month in a row over 2,000 and the 9th time over 3,000. The month ended with 73,915 views. There were 54 posts in March, bringing it to a total of 1,703.

In March, there were 643 comments, bringing it up to 13,386 comments in total.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,614 views)
  2. Canada (1,124 views)
  3. Japan (272 views)
  4. United Kingdom (265 views)
  5. Australia (95 views)
  6. France (30 views)
  7. India (27 views)
  8. Brazil (21 views)
  9. Philippines (20 views)
  10. Malaysia (20 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in March were:

  1. To Those Who Blame Justin Trudeau for CPP Investment in Mumbai (814 views)
  2. Authors Answer 73 – A Flight Across the Pacific (109 views)
  3. What Defines a Successful Blog? (94 views)
  4. Don’t Believe the Mt. Etna CO2 Meme (79 views)
  5. Duolingo, You’re Drunk (53 views)

The most popular post written before March was INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 45 views. For the first time in several months, this is the top older post.

As for these posts, I think you should give them a look. They weren’t as popular as the others, but they still deserve a read.

Reviews

I did manage one review in March. That was for:

I have three more to do to catch up. Expect them this month.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,232 followers, which is an increase of 61.  I follow 3,169, which is up by 61. I finished with 8,463 tweets, with only 85 coming in March.

On YouTube, I uploaded 4 videos in March.  I have 50 subscribers, which is an increase of 1 from last month.  The month ended with 9,547 views, which is an increase of 231. I have a lot of videos to edit and upload about our move to Canada, as well as many videos about sightseeing in Japan to do. Expect a lot this month.

Looking Ahead to April

There will be a lot of things happening this month. First of all, writing may finally recommence. That will be great. However, it will be a very busy month because we still have lot to do about settling into life in Canada, registration of my daughter for school, and many other things, like getting a job.

I would expect a lot of videos this month. I’m re-branding my YouTube channel, and will have a lot of great content coming.

Regular features will continue as always. I also plan on getting caught up with comments and social media, and setting up YouTube for monetization. Hoping to get a little income from my channel if it ever becomes more popular. I also expect a return to being very productive on the blog. The past couple of weeks have been a bit quieter. Back to blogging twice a day!

So, thanks to everyone for reading! You always make it worth it. Please leave a comment below.

What Defines a Successful Blog?

Blogging can be a hobby, a platform for selling something, or it could be a job. But what makes a blog successful?

My short answer: You enjoy doing it. That’s it. The numbers don’t matter.

But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care about the numbers. The numbers are fascinating for me. I like to see them go up, but this isn’t because I have an ego to stroke. More views and more followers mean my network grows and my ability to get my books out to more readers improves. It’s an important factor for my future livelihood.

If we look at the numbers, there are several to consider: views, followers, likes, reblogs, and comments. They all show something positive.

  • Views: The more you have, the more popular your blog may be, or you’re just good at marketing your blog.
  • Followers: Another measure of popularity. Or maybe you follow a lot, so they follow back.
  • Likes: If they like the post, then they click on like. Or they click on like merely because they saw it in their newsfeed without even reading it.
  • Reblogs: Someone really likes your post! But I find that these aren’t nearly as common as the other factors.
  • Comments: People want to talk about what you posted. What you said inspired someone to say something. It means your message is getting out to people and they want to engage with you.

Personally, I think the most important measure is comments, especially if many of them are your own. This means you are active, interested in your readers, and attract readers. They want to talk to you. Views are good, especially if you have a lot of return readers. You can easily tell this by your comments section. You want people to return. But I believe comments are the greatest indicator of your blog’s success.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below (see what I did there?).

Month in Review – February 2016

January was good. February was amazing. Best month ever in terms of stats! There were at least three records I can think of. You’ll have to read on to find out. The month ended with 1,244 followers, which was an increase of 46.

February Stats

February started off very strong. So strong that it was on pace to exceed 4,000 views this month. But there was a bit of a slowdown in the middle of the month. However, it still outpaced every month before. The average number of views per day was 132, which is a lot more than January 2015’s 119. 23 out of 29 days were over 100 views. The second record for the month is that there were 2 days of more than 200 views. First time that’s happened in a single month. And just so you know, 10 days reached at least 150 views. The busiest day was February 7th with 205 views. The total number of views in February was 3,833, making it the top month ever. It was the 17th month in a row over 2,000 and 8th time over 3,000. The month ended with 70,074 views total. There were 70 posts in February, bringing it to 1,649 posts total.

And for the first time ever, there were more than 1,000 comments in a month, but just barely. There were 1,017 comments in the entire month, bringing the total to 12,581. However, my WordPress app says I have 12,721 comments. Not sure where I went wrong.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (2,217 views)
  2. Canada (437 views)
  3. United Kingdom (308 views)
  4. Australia (195 views)
  5. Japan (157 views)
  6. India (81 views)
  7. Norway (37 views)
  8. Philippines (35 views)
  9. France (31 views)
  10. Germany (26 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in February were:

  1. Should I Respond to Your Blog Post? (85 views)
  2. Expanding Your Blog Network and Readers (67 views)
  3. The End of a Blog (61 views)
  4. What You Think Is Japanese Isn’t Japanese (59 views)
  5. Authors Answer 66 – The Urge to Quit Writing (55 views)

The most popular post written before February was Book Review – Macbeth with 31 views. This has been one of the more popular posts in the past.

Next up are posts that I think you should read. They didn’t get as many views, but are still worth reading.

Reviews

Well, there weren’t any. I have a bit of a backlog to post, and I’ll get to them before we move to Canada. Expect some this month.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,171 followers, which is an increase of 64.  I follow 3,108, which is up by 61. I finished with 8,378 tweets, with 152 coming in February.

On YouTube, I uploaded 6 videos in February.  I have 49 subscribers, which is an increase of 5 from last month.  The month ended with 9,311 views, which is an increase of 235. The numbers are doing much better now. I still have 33 videos to do about Japanese sites, plus more videos about our move to Canada, and videos about living in Japan. I’m finally getting busy with the videos.

Looking Ahead to March

I’m not expecting much from this month. While February was an amazing step forward in terms of numbers, March may be a step back. But it’s hard to tell. Since we’re going to be very busy packing and cleaning, I’ll have less time to post. Also, we’ll be spending a week at my wife’s parents’ house, so I don’t know how much time I’ll have there. And then we’re flying to Canada and traveling for a week. So, we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, I do plan on continuing the regular videos about our move to Canada, and I’d like to work on a couple Japan videos, as well. I hope to get caught up on book reviews, so I don’t have to worry about them. And as always, more posts, and I’ll try doing at least two per day, even on the days we’re traveling. The Top Ten and Quick Facts posts have kind of taken the back burner for now, but they’ll be back soon. I may try one or two this month.

Thanks for reading my blog. Without all of my readers, this wouldn’t be as much fun. You’ve been great! Look forward to another great month in March!

Month in Review – January 2016

December was slow, but January proved to be a busy one. Just like in 2015, the first month of the year was strong. It didn’t beat last January’s record for views, though. The month ended with 1,198 followers, an increase of 38.

January Stats

January saw some great days and some slow days, so it was pretty mixed. However, the great days were really good. The average views per day was 109, which is tied for second best. It would’ve been higher if it hadn’t been for the last day of the month, which was slow. 19 out of 31 days were over 100 views. The busiest day was January 29th with 174 views. In January, there were 3,381 views, which is the second best by only 20. It was the 16th month in a row over 2,000, and the 7th time it went over 3,000. The month ended with 66,241 views. There were 72 posts in January, bringing it to a total of 1,579.

With a strong 689 comments in January, the total number of comments is now 11,564.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,987 views)
  2. Canada (377 views)
  3. United Kingdom (268 views)
  4. Japan (214 views)
  5. Australia (63 views)
  6. India (36 views)
  7. Singapore (35 views)
  8. Germany (33 views)
  9. Netherlands (32 views)
  10. France (27 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in January were:

  1. What Is Your Country’s Best Literature? (79 views)
  2. Self-Promotion the Friendly Way (64 views)
  3. Do Book Covers Matter to You? (61 views)
  4. Changes Coming to Amazon’s Kindle (60 views)
  5. Authors Answer 62 – Our Favourite Created Characters (56 views)

The most popular post written before January was Happy Little Cloud with 43 views. Seems that post has become more popular recently, and is my most repinned post on Pinterest.

Please check out the following posts. These are the posts that deserve a second look and didn’t get as many views as others. I think you’ll enjoy them.

Reviews

I managed to post a review, and it was quite the book to read. I have another couple reviews to write, and should post them within a couple weeks. I should also be finishing another book soon. Here’s January’s review:

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,107 followers, which is an increase of 49.  I follow 3,047, which is up by 66. I finished with 8,226 tweets, with 173 coming in January.

On YouTube, I uploaded 2 videos in January.  I have 44 subscribers, which is an increase of 2 from last month.  The month ended with 9,076 views, which is an increase of 141. I still have 29 videos to do about Japanese sites, plus videos about our move to Canada, and videos about living in Japan. That’s a lot. That’s good!

Looking Ahead to February

February is our last full month in Japan. Things should be normal for the month, though we’ve got a lot of cleaning and packing to do. The blog should be business as usual.

I expect at least three reviews. I’m going to make sure I get them done. Two of the reviews are for books I finished at the end of last year, and one I am currently reading.

I’m hoping to get to work on more videos. I have so many to do. I need to find the time to do them. Editing takes time.

More Top Ten posts will be coming, as well as Quick Facts, and maybe even a worldbuilding post or two.

Lots to do, so little time. March will slow down, especially the end of the month, but I hope to keep up with my twice a day blog posting whenever I can. I’m looking forward to seeing how February goes, though!

Month in Review – December 2015

The final month of the year was one of the slowest of the year. It finished off with a whimper, probably because people were busy and the holidays were starting. The month ended with 1,160 followers, which was an increase of 30.

December Stats

November was great, while December was slow. It fluctuated a lot, and there were some incredibly slow days. The average views per day was only 92. This is the second lowest of 2015. Only 9 out of 31 days were above 100 views. The busiest day was December 8th with only 123 views. In December, there were 2,861 views, which was the third lowest of the year. It was the 15th month in a row with more than 2,000 views. The month ended with a total of 62,860 views. The month ended with 63 posts, bringing it to a total of 1,507.

With 480 comments in December, the month and year ended with 10,875 comments.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,788 views)
  2. Canada (319 views)
  3. United Kingdom (215 views)
  4. Japan (157 views)
  5. Australia (60 views)
  6. India (25 views)
  7. France (24 views)
  8. Germany (22 views)
  9. South Korea (19 views)
  10. Norway (16 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in December were:

  1. 99 Cent or Free eBooks? I Won’t (67 views)
  2. Authors Answer 57 – Stop Asking Me That Questions! (63 views)
  3. Foreigners Behaving Strangely in Japan (56 views)
  4. Best Conversation with My Daughter Ever (47 views)
  5. What Would Your Youthful Library Record Say About You? (42 views)

The most popular post written before December was What does an earthquake feel like? It had 33 views. It seems my old INTJ post is no longer getting the traffic it used to.

Please check out the following posts. They didn’t get as much love as they should have. They’re good!

Reviews

Sorry, nothing. I do have three to come, and I’d like to get them done within the next two weeks.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,058 followers, which is an increase of 88.  I follow 2,981, which is up by 77. I finished with 8053 tweets, with 146 coming in December.

On YouTube, I uploaded 1 video in December.  I have 42 subscribers, which is unchanged from last month.  The month ended with 8,935 views, which is an increase of 132. The 28 videos I have planned will take some time to get completely done. There’s a lot of editing to do, and I hope to get started on those in January.

Looking Ahead to January

It’s a big month. I have a lot to do. I’ve already talked a bit about my plans for January, but this is what you can expect.

Three book reviews should be coming. I may actually finish another book, so four could be possible.

Posts on worldbuilding, as well as Quick Facts will be coming. I’m committing to once a week posts for both.

And now that 2016 is upon us, I feel a lot more motivated to get more things done. So, look for some big things this month!

A Look Back at 2015

Every year, WordPress gives each blog a year in blogging page. It’s not as thorough as my monthly reviews, but it’s interesting nevertheless. Take a look at my 2015 year in blogging.

So, I had around 37,000 views, and my best day had 250 views. And there have been posts every single day of the year. Not only that, 2 posts a day at least! What I set out to do this year, I achieved in terms of blogging. It was my biggest year in terms of views, comments, and posts.

I always make a monthly post on my top commenters. Well, looking at the year in blogging, the top commenters are stomperdad (467), Joanne Corey (345), S. R. Carrillo (313), Thomas Weaver (208), and H. Anthe Davis (166).

It was a slow year for reading, though. I only finished 10 books. I’ll do another post regarding these after I’m no longer in the company of in-laws. But the last two days proved that I can read more than 10% of a long book in just a couple hours. So, there’s no reason why I can’t make 2016 a much bigger year in reading. All I need to do is spend an hour or two reading every day, which I think I could easily do. We’ll see how that goes.

I had a big writing event this year, and that was the A to Z Challenge. I completed it successfully, writing a very short story for each letter of the alphabet in the Ariadne universe early after colonisation. I even made it into a chronological series of loosely connected stories. I think I’ll collect them all and put them on my official author’s page in the new year.

And so, this post marks the final post of 2015. May 2016 bring another few hundred posts and even bigger things. And I have some big things coming up. I have an international book project to start up in January, an interview on a podcast sometime in the new year, an international move in March, and a big return to writing after April. So, look forward to it!

How was your 2015?