Top 10 Posts — and Most Commented — for 2019

Since I started this blog eleven years ago, I’ve had over 2.8 million visitors. About 18,650 follow WordDreams and have contributed over 44,292 comments (about 680 a month) on the 1,750 articles I’ve posted. I have several columns:

I also participate in three blog hops:

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 that’s not true. The series I wrote a couple of years ago on Genre Writing Tips was so popular I used that theme for my A to Z Challenge–for three years (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 posts and commented-on posts of 2019:

Top Ten Hits

If I remove the description articles (which blew away the competition in number of readers–see below for those rankings), here are the top ten:

  1. 103 Most Beautiful Words? You Decide
  2. 6 Tips for Western Fiction Writers
  3. How to Write
  4. Why Self-Publishing is Right for Me
  5. 11 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer
  6. Join me to launch Survival of the Fittest
  7. 12 Survival Tips for Writers
  8. Join me for The Quest for Home #BookBlast
  9. 2 More How-to-Write Books
  10. Have children? Here are two great books

Two of these were from blog hops I participate in–#AuthorToolboxBlogHop and #IWSG. These blog hops do so much to encourage visitors, camaraderie among writers, and excellence. If you’re looking for new online writer friends, start with these blog hops.

Here are the top ten description articles:

  1. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing
  2. 72 Ways to Describe Sound
  3. 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination
  4. How to Show (Not Tell) Emotion–E to O
  5. How to Describe Nature
  6. 24 Ways to Describe Pain
  7. 57 Ways to Describe Talking in a Novel
  8. How to Describe a Landscape
  9. 29 Ways to Describe a Headache
  10. How to Describe a Fight

Top 10 Most Commented

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. Since I started my blog, I’ve received 44,292 comments. Why? I’m not sure. I will say I enjoy my readers. I always respond and am inspired to visit their blogs. The perspective I get from their vast range of experience is like nothing else in life. I live in a bubble and you-all invite me out of it.

The articles that inspire 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 articles I shared in 2019:

  1. #IWSG Does Your Writing Surprise You? (145)
  2. Book Review: The Gate (141)
  3. 3 More Home Runs (140)
  4. Born in a Treacherous Time Receives an Award (133)
  5. Book Launch–Born in a Treacherous Time (131)
  6. 19 Self-editing Tips (129)
  7. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing (127)
  8. How do you create readers for life? (124)
  9. I’ll be busy in November for #NaNoWriMo (123)
  10. Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts (123)

What were the most-commented posts on your blog? Do they reflect the goal set for your writing or were you surprised?

Oh–one more thing. I don’t have enough social media followers. If you would follow me, I’ll follow you back! Here’re my handles:

Twitter: @worddreams

Instagram: JacquiMurrayWriter

LinkedIn: Jacqui Murray

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 Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

75 thoughts on “Top 10 Posts — and Most Commented — for 2019

  1. This analysis of your posts and their popularity is so interesting. I suppose I should occasionally look at stats as I never have. I just write what interests me at that moment and hope for the best. I gauge how popular a post is by the number of comments, more or less, in a haphazard way. You are very organised with this, Jacqui.

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    • I have three other blogs and barely pay attention to their stats. I feel close to this virtual community so maybe that’s why I share more. I’m not a particularly sharing person in the real world!

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  2. Congrats. I am new to blogging. Checking stats is depressing but i cant seem to help it. I am realistic though. I expect with years and consistency to see improvement. I will be checking out your listings.

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    • Thanks, Nicky. Believe me, it takes time but eventually, if you visit others and comment on their posts, your community builds. You’ll see.


  3. Interesting learning about your blog stats. I see some things I missed that I will go back and read, even though I am not a “writer.” I love the picture in your avatar. I am not on Twitter but I did follow you on Instagram. I am @scr4pl80 🙂

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  4. Great stats for your blog. I rarely check the stats on my blog – don’t need that level of depression. I do have a LinkedIn account. I check it every two or three months.

    Does that count as participating in social media?

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    • I only check them once a year and on some of my other blogs, not at all. Like you say–too depressing!

      And yes–LI does count! I repost there but not much else.

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  5. What an inspiration salute books is the the best thang u can accomplish you can really say “I WROTE THE BOOK ON IT”and that’s true talk your a element in what ever u wrote the book on salute wordDREAM..if u ever want to collaberate it would be fun

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  6. Wow. 2.8 million visitors is impressive, a fine reflection of the quality of your posts – and this one lives up to the previous 1,750. Happy New Year, Jacqui, what a good way to start it.

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  7. Congratulations Jacqui … I just enjoy the writing … am glad of the comments – and for now that’s enough. But it’s always interesting to read your posts and see how professional you are … cheers Hilary

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