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What’s Trending on WordDreams

I calculate What’s Trending on my blog by which posts are popular a particular ninety-day period. Here’s this period’s run-down:

  1. Descriptions of settings, people, and more
  2. Welcome Diana Peach and her new Fantasy, Liars and Thieves
  3. 2 GREAT Sci Fi Novels
  4. #IWSG–Marketing My Latest Book
  5. What I learned from the characters in Against All Odds
  6. 7 Tips for Literary Fiction Writers
  7. How You-all Market Your Books
  8. #AtoZChallenge: Genres–Satire
  9. How to Talk to a Geek
  10. 3 More Wonderful Indie Novels

Interesting, isn’t it? My series on descriptions still draws about ten times more visitors than any other category, as it has every year. Look at today’s figures–

Aside from the most recent blog post, every one of the top click throughs is focused on descriptors!

Book review are also popular. In fact Diana’s latest fantasy, Liars and Thieves, drew more comments than any other post in the last 100 days (maybe forever). Part of that is Diana–she is a wonderful guest, taking time to answer questions and interact with visitors. If you have the chance, invite her to your blog!

Reviews were also appealing to visitors and to a lesser amount, writing tips–marketing, genres, how-tos. That actually fits my image of my community–serious writers be it full- or parttime, in love with writing, and enjoy engaging with kindred souls.

What do you like best on writer’s blogs?


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 Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. 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 trilogy, Dawn of Humanity, starting with Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. 

51 thoughts on “What’s Trending on WordDreams

  1. Quickly racing through blogs as I am way behind in reading so wasn’t planning on commenting, but I have to admit I use a lot of description sites because sometimes my brain just can’t think of a new way to describe something!

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  2. Interesting, Jacqui. I wonder if the popularity of descriptions signals that you have a lot of writers following your blog, or readers with a specific interest in this topic. I always find it insightful to learn how other authors handle various aspects of writing.

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  3. You’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, Jacqui. I finished Survival of the Fittest this week and left you a review. Outstanding job with book 1 of the trilogy. Well done in tieing it all together.

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  4. You’re so on the ball, Jacqui, analyzing what’s trending and keeping track of your website’s traffic/comments/stats. Based on all that, your main audience appears to be fellow writers. I haven’t read most of your “descriptions” posts – they must have published before I started following you and they seem to be a great resource for fiction writers.

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  5. Well, that was total funness, Jacqui. I like interacting with bloggers, and I know you’re great at that, so we make a good team. Thank you so much for making that possible, for supporting my tour and for your wonderful review.
    And I love your description posts – they’re inspiring and I always learn from them. Great trends!

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  6. I always enjoy book reviews, and have found numerous new books and authors that way. I also enjoy posts where bloggers discuss their writing progress and their process. It’s interesting to see what has been trending on your blog, Jacqui. And Diana is always a big draw! 🙂

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    • I do write about the creative process but those don’t resonate with readers as well (though they are some of my favorites). Samples of work–hmmm… I’ll have to think about that. I can think of at least one author who pulled me in with a sample. Or maybe a dozen.

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  7. That is an interesting slice of data. Is it based on views or likes? What would be interesting is to see how many folks clicked one descriptive writing post and then clicked into another. I know it’s what I do when I read an interesting post – I follow the “more in” posts that show at the end of the post.

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