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10 Hits and Misses for 2017

top 10Since I started this blog six-and-a-half years ago, I’ve had over 2.1 million visitors, 3300 on my busiest day, with over 23,000 comments on the 1,509 articles I’ve posted about writing. I have several columns:

In between, I write what’s on my mind, but always about the art of writing.

If I didn’t look at the statistics on my blog, I would guess that the most read posts were about how to market what you write, but not true. Last year, the series I wrote on Genre Writing Tips was so wildly popular I used that theme for my A to Z Challenge–and will again this year (there are a ton of genres). Then there is a series I call Descriptors–sixty-nine collections on how to describe a variety of stuff you include in your stories.

What a surprise to find out what you-all actually are reading. I am thankful for the WordPress statistics section. Here they are–my top 10 and bottom 10 of 2017:

Top Ten Hits

  1. 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination
  2. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing
  3. 24 Ways to Describe Pain
  4. How to Describe Nature
  5. 72 Ways to Describe Sound
  6. How to Describe a Landscape
  7. How to Show (Not Tell) Emotion–E to O
  8. 35 Weird Traits Your Characters May Have
  9. 178 Ways to Describe Women’s Clothing
  10. How to Describe a Fight

If I remove the description articles, here are the remaining top ten:

  1. 103 Most Beautiful Words? You Decide
  2. 70 Collections to Infuse Your Writing
  3. Word Count by Genre
  4. 100+ Traits Your Character May Possess
  5. 6 Tips for Western Fiction Writers
  6. How to Write
  7. 15 Tips for Writing Poetry
  8. 13 Tips for Cozy Mystery Writers
  9. 21 Tips from Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style”
  10. 7 Tips for Literary Fiction Writers

Here are the ten that received the least amount of activity, but were no-less carefully-written:

Top Ten Misses

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  1. 103 Most Beautiful Words? You Decide
  2. 19 Tips for Children’s Writers
  3. Book Review: Smashed
  4. Book Review: The Killing Lessons
  5. Writers Tips #84: 20 Hints that Mark the Novice Writer
  6. 10 Tips Guaranteed to Rescue Your Story
  7. How Many POVs is Too Many?
  8. 4 Ways to Plan Your Writing
  9. Funny One Liners I’ve Read in Books
  10. 19 Self-editing Tips

What were your most popular posts on your writer blog? Give me some topic hints for this year:


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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. 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.

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55 thoughts on “10 Hits and Misses for 2017

  1. I think I discovered your blog from another one. I read the article and liked it. I was hesitant to follow you because you wrote in the paranormal genre which was not my genre. But I really liked the posts I looked at so I followed you and I’m so glad I did. All your posts have been great! Sure, I like some better than others, but they’re still helpful no matter what genre you’re in. Your caring comes across as well – you care about your readers and your writing.

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    • How kind of you! You know me well enough that you see I actually don’t write paranormal (thrillers and recently historic fiction) but I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Each has its own aspects that make them addictive. Thanks for sticking with me!

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  2. I know from my own blogging, Jacqui, there’s simply no accounting for why some posts resonate and some don’t, especially when each is written with the same level of care and enthusiasm. Keep posting and I’ll keep reading!

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  3. Hi Jacqui – you certainly seem to have your eye on what’s going on and what we might need to know about … it’s great having a trustworthy source. And yes your posts are there for us to search and look at … delighted I found you and now happily follow … take care and have a really great 2018 – cheers Hilary

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  4. I love your descriptor posts. Though I forget to go there. 😦 I have found them great when I’m feeling low on inspiration. Thank you for developing such an approachable blog on writing 🙂

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  5. I love your tips and descriptions, Jacqui. There are a few in there that I need to revisit too. Wow. 3300 visitors in a day is jaw-dropping. I think I’d have a heart-attack. Happy Blogging and I’m looking forward to your offering in 2008!

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  6. Phenomenal stats Jacqui and congratulations!!! 😀 My top post is a book review, which has garnered nearly 200 likes, which amazes me! Closely followed by writing posts, ones on travel, inspirational walks and also an article on a female artist!

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