May the 4th be with you!
Another A to Z is over, and I’m exhausted, as usual. I haven’t done as many visits to other blogs as I’d like, and despite all my good intentions I didn’t finish my last three blog posts (W,X & Y) until April 20th. Plenty of time, but…
I enjoyed my theme, Natural Phenomena – and it seems like I found a lot of folks who enjoyed it too. One little thing that turned up in my inbox while this was going on (Linky Blog tip…) was about whether your blog was consistent in what it blogged about. I wondered whether this was a possibility with the Challenge – that I head off on a theme that interests me but bears no relation to what I blog about for the rest of the year. It’s an interesting thought, and comes back to the question ‘what is this blog for?’
If the answer is ‘to showcase me as a writer and keep people informed on my activities’ then I think blogging about things that interest me is fine, up to a point. The point being whether they are likely to find their way into my writing. So if I pick a theme (or contents of a more generic them like the NATO alphabet) that bears no relation to what I write about, maybe I should think again. Fortunately, natural phenomena gave me so much scope to think about things I might incorporate into my books – for example, my timeline for Princelings includes this year’s eclipse – I don’t think it will feature in a book, but the timeline is there. And of course, I couldn’t stop writing about Pete and the Swede as I went, which hopefully will introduce a few people to them before The Perihelix comes out later this year. So maybe this year was a good approach, in keeping with my blog.
Maybe I should talk more about these things during the year.
I also plan to visit more blogs through the year on the Road Trip. I said that last year, but maybe this year I’ll pop in a post about it every now and then. After all, with so many lovely people out there, it would be a shame to miss them. I remember one I wanted to reblog, I must go and find it again.
Thank you for visiting, and for staying with me during April. I hope you’ll stay for a good while longer.
Meanwhile, it’s back, more or less, to my routine. Monday: news/topics of interest, Wednesday: #IWSG/#Fi50/Reading Challenge updates and maybe also Road trip updates. Friday: Flash Fiction, Saturday: Book Review. Sunday: occasional science features. And sometimes book blog tours and blasts on these or other days. And giveaways – there’s the Goodreads Giveaway of White Water Landings featured top right; and on the Princelings website we are involved in the Mother Daughter Book Review Kindle Fire Kids Edition giveaway. I keep thinking I should cut down my blog posts, but I wouldn’t know what to drop. So I’ll just carry on…
April in numbers:
26 posts, 425 daily visitors (not views), 1 book published in ebook, paperback and hardcover; 3 Princelings books set up in paperback; 1 tooth removed ; 4 minor deadlines missed, 3 books read and 1 abandoned.
Strangely, I had fewer visitors in April than average, but they spent longer here, viewing a number of posts each time – the average post views per visitor was up substantially. That’s a change, but probably a good one.
The most-viewed post was The Coprolite Conundrum, followed by Quick Clay, Lyrid Meteor Shower and Fingal’s Cave. Oddly, A for Aurora was the least visited of all the AtoZ posts in the month. Maybe I’d already published B by the time a lot of western bloggers visited.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again.