Well, here we are, the end of another year. I have come to the conclusion that the less you do, the faster they go, and this one has seemed quite a long one. I must get out more, if it proves my theory. How about a few numbers?
1 – new sport taken up (or at least resumed)
2 – new books published (White Water Landings and BookElves Anthology Volume 2)
3 – beloved guinea pigs gone over the Rainbow Bridge (Hector in July, Colman in September, and Dougall, star of this year’s BookElves story, suddenly just before Christmas)
4 – current version number of the Perihelix draft
5 – books read in the Local Heroes Challenge (I never did get around to fitting in that sixth one)
6 – Princelings books brought out in paperback
9 – books read for the Oddity Odyssey Challenge
12 – #Fi50 flash fiction stories written
18 – giveaways run, either here or on Goodreads
24 – books signed up for in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2016
31 – Facebook page Likes for the Viridian System series
39 – Facebook Likes for White Water Landings
42 – ‘full length’ short stories (500 – 5000 words, so excludes Fi50 and excerpts from books)
52 or more – books reviewed in the Mad Reviewer’s Reading Challenge 2015
63 – books read for the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
99 – the most views for a ‘normal’ blog post – V is for Voyager
126 – sales of White Water Landings (all formats) since launch in May
211 – Facebook Likes for the BookElves page
239 – blog posts on here this year
255 – current blog followers
267 – according to Goodreads, the average number of pages in the books I’ve read this year
430 – books on my Goodreads TBR list
584 – the largest viewing total of a blog post this year – for the Lucky is Reading Giveaway hop (and flash fiction)
945 – blog posts on this site, having celebrated my five year blogoversary in October
1108 – free downloads this year of The Princelings of the East (book 1) from all sources and countries
1417 – Facebook page Likes for the Princelings of the East
2415 – number of Tweets I’ve tweeted this year
2807 – current number of Twitter followers
15,474 – pages read according to Goodreads
26,443 – words written for the Princelings Book 7 (Chronicles of Willoughby the Narrator)
56,083 – words written for short stories this year
83,198 – current word count for The Perihelix
What does it all mean?
I have no idea, except that it keeps me busy and out of mischief – sometimes I even enjoy it. White Water Landings sells steadily without me seeming to do much about it. It doesn’t even get reviews on Amazon, yet it still sells at a realistic price. Of course, it’s non-fiction, and different rules apply. I keep saying I’ll do more about it next year, like getting to a few places where people who like planes gather.
I can ‘sell’ the Princelings books free, but making any money from sales seems to be a pipedream. It’s a difficult genre, and if I’m happy that people are reading them, then I should just continue as I am.
I like writing, and I like writing books and getting them out into the world. I enjoy writing on the blog. I like reading enjoyable books and talking about them. So I think I’m going to have a year of writing, reading the books on my list, and not bothering too much about anything else. I know the business model for promoting ebooks has changed again, and maybe I should just focus on the Viridian series for a while, and let the rest float out there in the e-waves of space.
The main thing is, my blog is something I enjoy and I hope you do too. It is meant to entertain in some way, these ramblings of a writer obsessed with her guinea pigs. Whatever the numbers are saying, they contradict each other year on year, so I’m just going to do my thing in 2016, and hope you enjoy it. Thanks for being part of my world.
Happy New Year!