Since I started this blog eighteen months ago, I’ve posted 341 articles on every corner of a writer’s world. I love exploring the art of
writing, how to improve it and most importantly, how to make each author’s words unique amidst the clutter of thousands of competing authors.
As with most bloggers, I write what’s on my mind. It may be the craft of writing, maybe a problem I’ve encountered or simply how my latest book is progressing. Usually, I end up with 3-4 posts a week on a wide variety of topics. It always surprises what my readers find to be the most provocative. As surprising is what holds no interest for anyone but me! It’s usually a post I put heart and soul into, sure I was sharing Very Important Information, and I get three readers who slog their way through it. Talk about humility.
In that time, I’ve had almost 200,000 visitors (185,001), 6024 on my busiest day, visiting a gamut of my articles. Here’s the top ten. See if you agree:
- Three Reasons Why I love Research–Yes, I am a nerd
- My Character is Sick–How to Show (Not Tell) Some Illnesses (if you click this link, beware of disgusting images of illnesses–thought they’re perfect for a writer)
- Do You Have a Character Who’s a First Lady? (Michelle Obama is very popular in the blogosphere)
- Ten Favorite Geek Words–Part I (this surprised me. I’m a geek, but didn’t know I had so many kindred spirits)
- How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read: Wild Animals
- How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read: Horses
- How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language
- How to Show (Not Tell) an Emotion–A to D
- A Nose By Any Other Name
- Does Your Character Have a Cool Job?
- 178 Ways to Describe Women’s Clothing
More than half of these are from a series I have about how to describe everything from nature to emotions to clothing. It’s very popular.
Now for the misses. These are the ones almost no one read. I like to think it was bad timing, not bad writing:
- Faster editing--who wouldn’t want faster editing? Lots of people.
- Recognize the Early Warning Signs of a New Book Inside You
- How Do You Use Twitter–I guess Twitter’s so easy to use, no one needed to read about it
- Book Review: A Virtual Tour of Africa–I post quite a few book reviews. Africa wasn’t popular. Writing the Breakout Novel did much better.
- Does Your Plot Involve the Military?–The answer: No
- Pay Attention–this is Important–not many did
- Blogs Beat Out Mainstream Media Again–this is more for bloggers than writers. I can see why this got slammed
- A Writer’s Summer–I had more fun writing this than you-all had reading it!
- My Summer With Robert Parker
- Top Five Steps to Marketing your Books this Summer
Did you have a favorite I didn’t mention? Or is there something you’d like me to cover in future posts? Let me know. My mind is a tabula rasa–for about one more week.