2013 was a good year for the Sillyverse blog. I wrote, you all replied. So this end of year will sum up what I did, what you did, and what’s to come.
What did I do? In 2013, I finished The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, and started and completed two more long stories, Martha’s Children and Nightfeather: Ghosts. Toss in the short stories The Misplaced Voyage and Dead Cellphone, historical posts to illuminate the stories, reviews, and some personal reflections, and it’s been a busy year writing on the blog.
What did you do? There have been over 200 people following this blog since October. You’ve “liked” what I’ve written over 1000 times, and there have been over 10,000 views of the blog since its inception.
So much for statistics. There are three types of readers of this blog. There are the fiction readers, for whom the blog was originally developed. They are actually the smallest group of readers on the blog, but the most frequent readers. Then there are the readers who follow the more substantial historical and personal blog posts, a fair percentage of the “followers.” (I’d rather call them discriminating readers.) Finally, this blog regularly receives visits from people looking for information on certain topics, mostly concerned with magic, as it turns out.
It’s the last group that made my posts on Marjorie Cameron, the end of the Templars, and my review of The Witch of Prague among the most popular this year. The only non-magic-related blog post to crack the top five was my account of childhood vacations on Winnisquam.
The frequent commentors are a different breed — they’re all fiction readers. Let me welcome Judy of Janthina Images to their exalted (and sometimes exhausted) ranks, along withcrimsonprose of the fiction, poetry, and nonsense blog called (not surprisingly) crimsomprose, Russell of Edward & Amelia vs. the Vampire King, E. J. Barnes, and Dana Peleg. A special “thank you” to you all.
What’s to come? The blog has been stable this year: a lot of writing, a fair number of viewers in well-understood categories. Some of the growth, sadly, is illusory: several of those 236 followers are from blogs that no longer exist (which makes it, shall we say, extremely unlikely that they are still reading mine) or from blogs selling commercial products and services as their main reason for existing (which makes it merely highly unlikely that they are actually reading mine).
I expect January will be devoted to catching up on reviews, with new writing beginning in February. Probably the new schedule will be for a fiction post on Friday, and another post, whether historical, magical, personal, or a review, on Monday or Tuesday. That’s cutting back a bit from what I did this year, partly to make time to revise some of the fiction and find the best way to publish it.
Thanks for your time and thoughts in 2013,
and a happy new year to you all.