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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.

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!

Month in Review – November 2015

October was slow, but November recovered very nicely. In fact, it started out so well, I thought it would be the best month yet, but things settled down in the second half of the month, and it was a bit more modest increase. The month ended with 1,130 followers, which is an increase of 31.

November Stats

What a difference a month makes. November started out with a high average number of views per day, but slower days in the latter half dropped it down to the second best month in terms of views per day. The average was 109. 18 out of 30 days were above 100 views. The busiest day was November 4th with 169 views. In November, there were 3,273 views, which is the fourth best, but since it is a slightly shorter month, the average per day was second best. It was the 14th month in a row over 2,000 views, and the 6th time over 3,000. The total number of views at the end of November was exactly 59,999 views. Unbelievable! There were 61 posts in the month, bringing it to a total of 1,444 posts.

The month ended with 10,395 comments, 607 coming in November.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (2,111 views)
  2. Canada (348 views)
  3. United Kingdom (270 views)
  4. Japan (159 views)
  5. Australia (53 views)
  6. France (52 views)
  7. India (29 views)
  8. Germany (25 views)
  9. New Zealand (20 views)
  10. Singapore (19 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in November were:

  1. Good-bye, National Geographic (90 views)
  2. Disgusted: Paris and More (76 views)
  3. A Nightmare for an Introverted Atheist (65 views)
  4. Please Explain Donald Trump and Ben Carson (61 views)
  5. Authors Answer 54 – Torturing Our Characters (60 views)

The most popular post written before November was one written only two days before November started, Authors Answer 52 – A Big Thank You. It had 103 views. First time an Authors Answer post was number one in this category.

And now for some posts you should definitely check out. They didn’t receive as many views, but they deserve a read.

That’s the shortest this list has ever been. Nearly every post in November received at least 20 views. Amazing!

Reviews

Finally got a review posted! I also have another review currently partly written. It will come soon.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,970 followers, which is an increase of a modest 38.  I follow 2,904, which is up by 42. I finished with 7,907 tweets, with 119 coming in November.

On YouTube, I uploaded no videos in November.  I have 42 subscribers, which is unchanged from last month.  The month ended with 8,803 views, which is an increase of 111. 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 December.

Looking Ahead to December

December is always an interesting month because of the holiday at the end of the month. There are places to go, people to see, and occasionally I won’t be home much. I intend on keeping the two posts per day going, though.

What you can expect is probably three book reviews, plenty of language test drives, and most likely several videos about Japan. I need to get to work on Astronomy Quick Facts and more worldbuilding posts.

Because of the upcoming holiday, time may be a bit tight, but I’ll do what I can to provide good quality content. And I intend to keep up on replying to comments.

The Week in Review posts were started because I post so often in a week, and I wanted to provide everyone a chance to catch up, in case you were unable to read during the week. It’s still a bit of an experiment, so I will continue it this month. January will be a bit different because of the New Year holidays.

So, let’s enjoy December! Keep on reading.

Authors Answer 53 – Jumping on the Bandwagon

Welcome to the second year of Authors Answer! We’re back for another year, and it should be an interesting one. All the familiar faces are back for this month. This week, we’re talking about the trends. Many genres and subgenres are quite popular these days. But would we try writing in those genres just for the money or popularity?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 53 – There have been a lot of trends in literature, such as zombies, sparkly vampires, and so on. Would you jump on the bandwagon and write a novel with a trendy subject?

H. Anthe Davis

Sort of?  I have a plan for a semi-steampunk story/world that I’m already beginning to work on with my partner-in-crime Erica, though the parts I’ve focused on so far aren’t the steampunk ones — that stuff is more of a distant backdrop to the religious and racial conflict going on.  There are also pseudo-zombies and pseudo-vampires, but I hope I’ve mixed things up enough that it feels unique.  I read very little steampunk, since I have no affection for Victoriana, and I wouldn’t say that I’m doing it to hitch onto the trend — just that the emergence of the trend gave me an idea.  As a generally oppositional person, I try to avoid treading on other people’s trails; it always gives me an uncomfortable shock to read work too similar to my own.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I would definitely “jump on the bandwagon” and write about trendy subjects, but only if those subjects actually appealed to me. For instance, I wrote a zombie novel, “Nowhere to Hide“, but I didn’t write it just because zombies have been big for a while; I also happen to enjoy zombies and thought it would be an interesting book to read. Alternatively, I wouldn’t write about sexy, sparkly vampires no matter how trendy it is because even though I occasionally read that kind of stuff as a guilty pleasure, I have absolutely no interest in writing about monsters that aren’t the least bit frightening.

Allen Tiffany

No, I don’t think I would jump on any trends. At least not that I could think of at the moment. I just would not how to write in a different genre then what I know. I’m afraid that if I tried it would across as either poorly conceived and executed, or it would only do well because it was formulaic and derivative. I don’t want to be guilty of either.

Paul B. Spence

Maybe I should, but no, and gods no about sparkly vampires! I may write, and have, something with zombies of some sort. I may even write a story or two about vampires, but they wouldn’t be what people expected.

Eric Wood

Nope. Unless the trend was something I was already writing about, then I probably would. I tend to write about what I know best. Plus, I’m not one to jump on bandwagons in general.

Jean Davis

If an idea came to me that included a current trend, I’d run with it. However, my story ideas tend to come at random and I’ve learned it’s not a great idea to force them into a mold just because it’s popular. Forcing leads to painful pulling of words from my head and that drains my ambition to write pretty quickly.

D. T. Nova

If I had an idea I liked that was inspired by a trend, sure. I haven’t ever felt any inclination to write either of those specific trends, though.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I have considered it, and tried in the past.  The trouble is, by the time I’m ready to publish said novel the trend has already come and gone.  I missed the dystopic bandwagon with Jasper.  Short stories would probably work best for me if I wanted to keep up with trends.

S. R. Carrillo

I would never write a novel purely because it’s trendy. I only ever write what’s in my heart. It just so happens that my first novels are centered around demons and angels – but only because they’re my shit. Not because they’re trendy. Zombies, werewolves, faux-BDSM romances, etc. are not my shit. I will never be driven by trends.

Caren Rich

Not unless it was a topic that interested me. I can’t see spending that much time on something that I’m not passionate about.

Gregory S. Close

I think you can never realistically chase a trend, because usually by the time the trend is at its peak it’s too late to start running after it.  If you’ve already got something ready to go that fits the trend when the trend is still hot, then that’s more coincidence than chasing.

However, I have been toying with writing a really cheesy paranormal romance love triangle erotica book just to see if it would be lucrative.  I just wouldn’t want to waste any real words or ideas on the project, so I’ve never pulled the trigger.  Maybe a parody would scratch the itch and make me feel less mercenary.

Linda G. Hill

I would if I was inspired by a story that I thought could not only fit into the genre/theme but that would add something to it. Trends only go so far if everything that comes out is a carbon copy of what’s been written before it.

Jay Dee Archer

I wouldn’t do it unless I were actually interested in writing something in that genre. Trying to force myself to write something I don’t particularly like would lead to a story that feels forced. It wouldn’t be very good writing. I write what I like, not write what other people like. Even for the money, I wouldn’t. It would probably be such a poor job at writing that it wouldn’t sell, anyway.

How about you?

Would you write in a popular genre to get paid more, even if you don’t like that genre? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Month in Review – October 2015

September was a slow month, but October broke the record for this year. It turned out to be the least busy month. But then, I was on holiday for half of it, and wasn’t able to make my usual quality posts. They were mostly shorter posts, and I didn’t reply to comments in time. Well, that’s finished, so back to normal. The month ended with 1,099 followers, which was an increase of 26.

October Stats

October was rather consistent for much of the month: that is, it was slow. However, there was a recovery at the end of the month. There were plenty of slow days. 8 out of 30 days were over 100 views. The average number of views per day was 90, which is the lowest this year. The busiest day was October 23rd with 210 views, which was the second best ever. In October, there were 2,790 views, the 13th month in a row that was over 2,000. The total views at the end of October was 56,726. There were 62 posts in October, bringing it to a total of 1,383.

The month ended with 9,788 comments, 454 coming in October.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,635 views)
  2. Canada (377 views)
  3. United Kingdom (207 views)
  4. Japan (111 views)
  5. Australia (51 views)
  6. France (50 views)
  7. Croatia (35 views)
  8. India (27 views)
  9. Germany (24 views)
  10. Ireland (19 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in October were:

  1. My Take on this Whole Blogging Thing (61 views)
  2. Six Months Until Canada, but I Have a Regret (58 views)
  3. Authors Answer 49 – Writing Necessities (55 views)
  4. What If…? Unruly Teenagers in a Train Station (50 views)
  5. Authors Answer 52 – A Big Thank You (50 views)

My most popular post written before October was EmDrive – Has NASA Created a Warp Field? with 228 views. This is the first time it’s been the top post.

Here are some posts that I really think you should read. They need more attention!

Reviews

None at all. Again, I didn’t get around to writing that one review I said I’d write, but it was a busy month. It’ll be coming soon, though.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,932 followers, which is an increase of 52.  I follow 2,862, which is up by 62. I finished with 7,788 tweets, with 141 coming in October.

On YouTube, I uploaded 6 videos in October.  I have 42 subscribers, which is unchanged from last month.  The month ended with 8,692 views, which is an increase of 204. I have an incredibly large number of videos to edit and upload, so expect these numbers to go up.

Looking Ahead to November

After a slow October, I’m expecting things to pick up for November. A lot is going to happen this month.

First of all, plenty of videos. I know it’s not the blog, but I will be posting them here. They’re all about sightseeing in Japan, and are the reason for October being slow.

I’ll also be working a lot on reviews. Probably 3 this month, as I have 2 books finished and another will soon be finished.

I’m going to focus a lot on reading other blogs and interacting all around WordPress. And I should be getting all caught up on the comments. I expect to also be more active on Twitter.

Some series that are making a comeback are Quick Facts Astronomy and blog spotlights. And Authors Answer is back for its second year!

Look forward to a great month. I expect it’ll be better than October.