4 author blogging lessons I found buried in my web stats

faded photograph of website statisticsLast week I spoke to some creative writing students about how authors can use social media to promote their work. Eventually one student asked me the inevitable question, “How many people read your blog?”

I get asked this a lot, and I understand why. Author website traffic is one of those supposedly secret things many aspiring writers are dying to hear about. Continue reading

2013 in review

Moet and Chandon and champagne glassesHappy New Year! Every year on New Year’s Day I like to look back and at the previous year and list my most popular blog posts and show some web stats. I also list the most active commenters as a way of saying ‘thanks’.

So, what were the popular themes from 2013?

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Double story fun: Radio NZ storytelling

Relax and listen to a story or two. Check out the most recent two episodes of ‘Moon Over Martinborough’ on Radio NZ.

Part 7: CJ wants a pet pig (6:14)
CJ announces that he wants a pet pig, and I absolutely refuse. Of course CJ prattles on about the pig for some time, and I finally give in.

Part 8: Old Man Henry fades (5:20)
Our geriatric rooster starts laying on our hen’s eggs, and I know something’s wrong.

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The making of the book trailer

Moon Over Martinborough by Jared GulianSometimes the right people land on your front door at just the right time. That’s what happened when I was thinking about a book trailer and two fabulous HelpX volunteers  came to stay with us: Emilie and Jeremie.

I didn’t realize right away just how kind the universe was being.

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