I wish all my followers, a wonderful and safe festive time this year. Although, many of us will not be able to be physically with our family, friends and loved ones, be thankful they are safe and well. Whatever, ‘tag’ you put on the season – enjoy it in whatever way is possible:
I should be ‘resting’ the first book in my detective series until the New Year, but will probably delve into editing and revisions. Fortunately, I have the full week between Christmas Day and the 3rd January off work, so will make the most of it.
I did talk about my books, writing process and answered questions about my current detective series. So enjoy!
As a reader as well I always like the Goodreads end of year summary of the books I’ve read, even though, we still have more days in the month. I am determined to finish The Secret Place and start reading (if not finish) If It Bleeds before the end of December!
We all have that favorite snack or drink when we are reading. Depending on where we read, the snack changes. If we are in bed, we obviously don’t want crumbles or spills of any kind but in a cozy chair covered in a blanket beside a fireplace, can be tricky too.
Snacks to read with:
Crackers and cookies
Hard pretzels & popcorn – mind those buttery fingers on the pages/screen though.
A cheese plate
Grapes, Dried Fruit & Nuts
Veggies & Dip
Candy – this is a risky option, too many can be consumed!
Cupcakes – again watch those sticky fingers.
Drinks to read with:
Tea – whether black or green, chai or chamomile – the choice is yours.
Chocolate Milk – hot or cold, topped with sprinkles, marshmallows or cinnamon. Be careful with this choice as chocolate might get smeared on the pages. A straw is recommended.
Fruit Smoothie – there are as many variations to this choice as your imagination can think up.
On this dayinhistory
1609 Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan opened its reading room. It was the second public library in Europe to open.
Writers Born 8 December:
Bill Bryson – American-British author of books on travel.
Bjornstjerne Bjornson – Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature
James Thurber – American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit.
John Banville – Irish novelist, short story writer, adapter of dramas and screenwriter.
I don’t normally track my blog statistics but it was interesting to see how my blog has grown over the last nine years. From a tentative start to promote my first children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare, to currently connecting with my readers and the reading community ,as well as engaging and supporting the writing community, it has been a fascinating journey.
Through trail and error, I have found that posting twice a week is the most popular for my readership. As you know this year, I split the two weekly posts so they are specifically aimed at readers on Tuesday’s and writers on Thursday’s. This has proven very popular. Looking at the growth of my blog, the statistics speak for themselves.
First years stats: 2011 views 1424, visitors 0 posts 37
Last years stats 2019 views 14830 visitors 10640 posts 108
It has been a steep learning curve, and continues to be! I know there are things I should be doing, but with full time work, writing, publishing and promoting my books, as well as ‘normal life stuff’ there are never enough hours in the day. However, I am compiling a strategy to improve all aspects of my writing business, so watch this space.
For me the best part of having this blog is connecting with people from all over the world. It is so neat to see my flag map. I truly reach a global community.
In this time of COVID, we need connection and a blog is a way to gain that. Whether you post weekly, monthly or less frequently, you are reaching out to others. Stay safe, stay well.
I would love to know:
How did you start your blog?
How often do your post?
Do you have any tips for new and established bloggers?