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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.

Month in Review – September 2015

After a great recovery and a wonderful month stats-wise in August, September fell hard to be the second worst month in 2015 (thought third worst for visits per day). Any particular reason? Probably fewer posts were incredibly popular. But there were some bright spots. The month ended with 1,073 followers, up by only 22.

September Stats

September was wildly inconsistent. There were plenty of slow days. 11 out of 30 days were over 100 views. The average number of views per day was 96, which is the third lowest this year. The busiest day was September 20th with 184 views, which was one of the best all year. In September, there were 2,867 views, the 12th month in a row that was over 2,000. The total views at the end of September was 53,936. There were 70 posts in September, bringing it to a total of 1,321.

The month ended with 9,334 comments, 547 coming in September.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,723 views)
  2. Canada (418 views)
  3. United Kingdom (176 views)
  4. Japan (95 views)
  5. France (38 views)
  6. Australia (35 views)
  7. India (33 views)
  8. Spain (21 views)
  9. Indonesia (20 views)
  10. Norway (19 views)

Top Posts

The top 5 posts in the month of September were:

  1. In Support of a Muslim Friend (118 views)
  2. Who Has Your Personality Type? (76 views)
  3. Tiny Houses and More (57 views)
  4. Authors Answer 46 – Promoting with Blogs or Websites (55 views)
  5. Commentition Stupendous September 2015 (46 views)

My most popular post written before September was the same as last month, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 144 views. This is down by a lot.

These are some posts that I think deserve some more attention. Please check them out, and share them on social media.

Reviews

Well, after a lot of telling myself I would do the review, I never got around to it for various reasons. Mainly it was because of my daughter’s lack of good bedtime. I just didn’t get much time for myself.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,880 followers, which is an increase of 55.  I follow 2,800, which is up by 75. I finished with 7,647 tweets, with 186 coming in September.

On YouTube, I uploaded 4 videos in September.  I have 42 subscribers, an increase of 3 since last month.  The month ended with 8,488 views, which is a moderate increase of 260. With a rejuvenation of my channel, it’s become more active, and October will be big.

Looking Ahead to October

I’m expecting something better with October. While my sister will be in Japan for half of the month, I will continue with two posts per day. They may not be as lengthy as usual during her stay, but many will consist of videos.

As for YouTube, I will probably be posting a large number of videos, all of which I’ll post on here. I’m hoping for an explosion in the number of views and subscribers.

Reviews will be coming. I have one to do, and I have a couple other books I should finish this month. Hopefully, I’ll have 3 reviews by the end of the month.

I’ve also got something special planned for the end of the month, so look for that. If you need a hint, it’s related to Authors Answer.

Writing is still not going, because of a lack of time and privacy. Again, this will change once we’ve moved to Canada. I should have a lot of access to privacy, and I’ll even have a library nearby in case I want to go there for some peace and quiet.

I feel like making a major push on social media, especially Twitter. However, I find that Facebook is my best referrer as far as social media sites go. However, I get most views from WordPress itself. I’ll be doing some reading and commenting on other blogs a lot, I think.

One other thing, I’m working on studying languages on Duolingo, so if you’re doing the same thing, drop on by and follow me. And also, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

I’m looking forward to a great October!