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 2015–about 5800. This compared to over 20,000 over the life of my blog. Why? I’m not sure. I will say I selfishly enjoy my readers. The perspective I get and the vast range of experience is like nothing else in life. I live in a bubble and you-all invite me out of it.
The 2016 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 2016:
Top 10 commented-on articles
- 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination
- 19 Self-editing Tips
- 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer
- #IWSG–When do you know your story is ready?
- 12 Surprises I Found Marketing My Debut Novel, To Hunt a Sub
- #IWSG–My Debut Novel Launches This Summer
- 29+ Ways to Market Your Book
- 4 Surprises and 16 Take-aways from the SD Writers Conference
- #IWSG–My Writing (Lack of) Progress
- Cover Reveal: To Hunt a Sub
Most reblogged article
I usually don’t track reblogs, but this one amazed me. 19 Self-editing Tips was reblogged thirteen times. I have no idea how this metric compares. What’s your most reblogged article?
Top 10 click-throughs
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, about 35% of readers click-through–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:
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, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, 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. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.