As the title states: This blog is ten years old. It turned ten on January 3rd (The First Step in Blogland), but I had forgotten about the milestone. When I started this blog, I had no idea I’d still be blogging a decade later. I’ve covered a lot of material and had a few controversial posts. How controversial? I was threatened with a lawsuit for one incident, but I’m not allowed to speak about that. Those who know, know.
Ultimately, I stand on the side of writers, not publishers, book sellers or anyone else. Well, let me clarify that. I stand on the right and just side regardless of the costs to my reputation and book sales. I despise those who take advantage of writers; it’s one reason I keep this blog alive.
Over the past ten years, I’ve made 667 posts, had 97,205 visitors and 168,374 views. I have 860 followers through WordPress and 75 by email (total: 935).
WordPress also breaks down years with stats. In 2020, I wrote 69 posts totalling 38,894 words, averaging 564 words per post.
So, what is my all-time popular post? Canadians, Stop Paying 30% to the IRS. It got 36,157 views. Next was the Home page / Archives with 21,476, then Update on Canada Tax Information with the United States with 8,571. I’m guessing many writers are concerned and want to know more about saving money and taxes.
One post that surprises me for popularity is the 8th on the list (February 2, 2012): Gerard Butler’s eyes!? What’s up with that? with 2,907 views. On average, I get one view a day. Checking today’s stats, there have been 3 views. In it, I’m talking about another post that is extremely popular where Butler’s eyes were mentioned: Using Images to Capture a Character (February 21, 2011).
This post was inspired by finding an image online of an unknown person who captured the look of Tam Mulryan from the Castle Keepers series. On further investigation, I learned it was an actor I’d never heard of or seen in a film: Gerard Butler. This led me to an image of Butler in the film Timeline, which portrayed Tam perfectly. This image inspired me to sketch just the eyes for a local art show. I’ve since watched Timeline, and I highly recommend it.
Over the years, the number of posts I make in a season have fluctuated greatly. Sometimes I make on average two posts a week; other times, I’ve gone months without posting anything. The lack of posts stem from either writing/computer burnout (as I go months, sometimes a few years, writing every day without a break) or life keeping me busy.
What will the next ten years bring? Don’t know. I allow myself the freedom to not plan my life that far in advance.
For 2021, I’ll make an average of two posts a month. The material I’ll cover will focus on writing, editing, publishing, marketing and whatever comes up that affects life in general.
For the short term, at least once a week, I’ll share a post (reblog) from another site to help spread useful information about writing and publishing or to help promote that writer.