When readers take time to leave a comment and/or click through to a link I include in a post, it means they trust me, are engaged, and find what they’re reading valuable–want to extend it. This year, I had many more comments than in 2013–about 4200 (I know, Tess and Medeia. You-all get that in a couple of months). This compared to just over 9,000 over the life of my blog. Why? I’m not sure. I will say I selfishly have enjoyed my readers much more this year. The perspective I get and the vast range of experience is like nothing else in life. I live in a bubble and you-all let me venture out of it.
The 2014 articles that inspired this kind of activity from readers are special to me. I learn a lot by noticing what contributed to the WordDreams community.
Here they are–the ten most commented and most clicked-through articles I shared in 2013:
Top 10 commented-on articles
- 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination
- 10 Tips for Picture Book Writers
- How to Describe an American–if You Aren’t
- 8 Tips for Historic Fiction Writers
- 13 Ways to Exorcise Wordiness
- 10 Tips for Steampunk Writers
- 6 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging
- 178 Ways to Describe Women’s Clothing
- #IWSG–Am I a Storyteller?
- 14 Tips for Young Adult Writers
Click-throughs are another interesting metric. They tell me how many of the links I post readers actually investigate. They want more information, or primary sources for data, or maybe to purchase one of the books I review (I have an Amazon Associates account so each time a reader clicks through from my blog and buys the book, I get something like 3%).
On my tech-in-ed, blog, I get about 1,000 click-throughs a day–a big number! Normal is maybe 10% of readers, which is more like what I get on WordDreams. Here are the top sites that you found on WordDreams and wanted to go visit:
Top 10 click-throughs:
What were these on your blog? Do they reflect the goal set for your writing or were you surprised?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.