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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.

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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!

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.