Top 10 Posts — and Most Commented — for 2021

Since I started this blog twelve years ago, I’ve had over 3 million visitors. Over 25,000 follow me and have contributed over 59,000 comments on the 2,023 articles I’ve posted. I have several columns:

I also participate in two 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 write and how to market what you write, but that’s not true. More popular are 1) an ongoing series on genres–through Genre Writing Tips and genres A to Z (there are a ton of genres), and 2) a series of 69 collection on how to describe a variety of stuff you include in your stories.

Here are my top 10 posts and commented-on posts of 2021:

Top Ten Articles

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. Are you a Writer?
  2. A Secret About my Writing
  3. A Geek Answers, “Who Am I?”
  4. 7 Tips for Literary Fiction Writers
  5. 11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence
  6. A Few Thoughts for New Writers
  7. 13 Tips for Cozy Writers
  8. Marketing My Latest Book
  9. How You-all Market Your Books
  10. Plotting a Story–with a Spreadsheet

Here are the top ten description articles:

  1. 160+ Ways to Describe Weather
  2. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing
  3. 57 Ways to Describe Talking in a Novel
  4. How to Describe Your Character’s Home
  5. How to Show (Not Tell) Emotion–E to O
  6. 29 Ways to Describe a Headache
  7. 24 Ways to Describe Pain
  8. How to Describe a Landscape
  9. How to Describe a Fight
  10. 39 Weird Traits Your Characters May Have

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 enough they want to extend it. Since I started my blog, I’ve received over 63,000 comments. I always respond and am inspired to visit their blogs. The perspective I get from visitors’ 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. Seems that book reviews and the descriptors are the most popular overall. Here are the ten most commented articles I shared in 2021:

  1. Stories You’ll Love
  2. Welcome Diana Peach and her new Fantasy, Liars and Thieves
  3. A Few Thoughts for New Writers
  4. IWSG: Does Your Writing Surprise You?
  5. 3 More Home Runs–by Jill Weatherholt, Bette Stevens, and Diana Peach
  6. Book Review: The Gate by D.L. Cross
  7. 65 Ways to Describe Sight and Eyes in Your Writing
  8. Why Self-Publishing is Right For Me
  9. Born in a Treacherous Time Receives an Award
  10. #IWSG: Is my favorite reading genre different from what I write?

A lot of these are from prior years and benefitted from extra time to collect comments, but a few items stood out to me:

  • Author spotlights worked really well when the authors stayed involved–visited the post, replied to commenters.
  • The IWSG blog hop is still amazing for drawing readers to my blog and building up the energy.

Throughout the year, I share tips on writing and technology that help writers. Some, you can make use of immediately. Others, file away for that cranky day when your writing limps along and you don’t know why.

Top Writer’s Tips

  1. 6 Tips for Western Fiction Writers
  2. 7 Tips for Literary Fiction Writers
  3. 45 Transitions That Help Your Story Flow
  4. What Stresses and Delights You in Writing
  5. 10 Tips for Thriller Writers
  6. 13 Tips for Cozy Mystery Writers
  7. 12 Survival Tips for Writers
  8. 10 Tips Guaranteed to Rescue Your Story
  9. Lessons From a Cross-country Roadtrip
  10. 17 Tips from Writing the Blockbuster Novel

Top Tech Tips for Writers

  1. Cover Your Webcam!
  2. Two Editing Tips
  3. Tech Tips for Writers #79 My Internet Stopped Working
  4. Who Knew You Could Do This With PowerPoint
  5. 27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging
  6. 21 Writing Tips From Twitter
  7. My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Writers
  8. Yearly Tech Maintenance: 13 Ways to Update Your Online Presence
  9. Tech Tips for Writers #172: 3-step Solution to Computer Problems
  10. Tech Tip for Writers #80: My Internet Stopped Working

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

Twitter: @worddreams

Instagram: JacquiMurrayWriter

LinkedIn: Jacqui Murray

Writer’s Tips Newsletter

GETTR: JacquiWriter

A note about GETTR: I just joined so have almost no followers! BUT–I don’t approve followers whose focus is politics so that could explain it. Just a free exchange of writing ideas and support for your (and my) books. If that fits you, I’d love to see you over there. I’m still trying to figure out how to clean out the politics so I apologize in advance if you run into it.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022


106 thoughts on “Top 10 Posts — and Most Commented — for 2021

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  2. You’re a stats genius, Jacqui! When I looked at your various subjects of top 10 posts, I thought of a master teacher in a multiple-subject classroom. I remember some of your posts and have followed your instructions and advice. You’re my techie! It took me a couple of tries to feel comfortable to shoot you a tech question and answer right away. Your classroom is getting bigger and bigger now. Thank you for being so generous in sharing! I only have Twitter and Facebook and I followed you.

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  3. HI Jacqui, I am always interested in your top posts articles as they indicate what readers are interested in. A number of other bloggers do this sort of post about top posts. I have thought about doing it, but as it wouldn’t change the posts I write, which are purely a result of on the day inspiration, I have always thought it doesn’t really matter.

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  4. I really enjoy reading about bloggers stats and seeing what works at their site – and whenever I see your name Or gravatar) in the blog world I think two things – writer and educator – because more than sharing your writing you seem to always be offering tipoids and tidbits for authors and bloggers – which shows your teacher’s heart – and also connects to your top read posts – 🙂

    I hope to visit your blog more in 2022 – and wishing you a Happy New Year

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  5. Hi Jacqui – fascinating to see and to know how efficient, organised and methodical you are. I’ll comment – but little else … social media isn’t for me, other than the blog. But I’m always picking up things – and enjoy that learning scenario … cheers Hilary

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  6. You are a crazy busy bee! Those statistics are insane. And, you are still going strong after twelve years of writing publishing, and connecting. Amazing lady!

    I discovered I’m following you already on most SM platforms, but connected now via LinkedIn. I’m going to repeat my suggestion that if you select the button to open these links in a different tab, it’s easier for me (and other readers) to return back to your site, without having to click the “back” arrow. 🙂

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  7. Wow! 12 years and still going strong. That’s impressive and admirable. I’m not surprised that you’ve built such a vast audience, Jacqui. Your posts are engaging, informative, and you always take the time to answer others’ comments with thoughtful responses. On top of that, you’re an excellent writer.

    By the way, thanks for the tip with increasing the size of the fonts on others’ blogs. My eyes appreciate it. I didn’t understand that the next time I visited a blog, that has now become the default. Very helpful!

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  8. You’re amazing, Jacqui. You have such a popular blog with enough varied enough to attract lots of interest from different types of readers. I’m so glad that I show up in there too! I love chatting with commenters, and I agree that helps. And I’m not surprised that your lists do well. I visit them all the time! Lol. You had a great year, my friend. Here’s to another!

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  9. Congrats on your fabulous top 10 lists, Jacqui! I was looking back at some old fitness posts I’d written and they had huge numbers (guess where my mind is?). You write about a lot of relevant, useful info for writers and readers, and you have captured so much interest with your style…must be the educator in you! I have to say your #2 post announcing Diana’s new series actually got me to read the series (first for her books) and they were amazing, as I’m sure many people agree! Keep up the good work, my friend!

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  10. Dear Jacqui,
    thanks a lot. We love statistics and we always look if we can find groups of blog posts that don’t do well. But we quite often don’t understand why that is.
    Keep on going
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  11. Wow, I’m impressed with your stats. When I regularly posted in my old “Sagecoveredhills” blog, I used to watch the stats all the time. Lately, I am not that interested or most like have decided to invest my time elsewhere!

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    • I’ve tried a lot of blog hops, Alex, because they sound like a great idea. Yours is the only one that really has developed a community. Love it. Talk about it whenever newbie writers want to know how to connect.


  12. I always enjoy reading your stats, Jacqui – they are as amazing as always. As an aside, never heard of GETTR… googled, and now I know why, it’s an apple thing (I’m android).

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