I’ve seen forum discussions in which people wonder whether maintaining a blog does a new writer any good.
I think it can. Since I revamped this blog in November, I get better metrics about who visits, where they go and all that. Since that revamp, I’ve had about a hundred people click through on links to my stories or poems online. People visit, click the “My fiction” and “My poetry” tabs and then go on to a story.
I don’t know if they read the pieces once they get there, of course. But I know I’m at least getting a chance for my “hook” paragraphs to do their job.
For the curious: My story “Waiting to Pounce,” recently published as Every Day Fiction, has received the most clicks at 23. Number two is my poem “The Weight of Light,” recently published at Every Day Poets, with 15. Both of those were mentioned in their own posts here, with links, so that accounts for their lofty status. But even stories that haven’t been specifically mentioned in their own posts are getting clicked on. So, whoever you are doing the clicking, thanks.
One other odd metric: One of the search terms used to lead someone to this blog was “science projects involving swords.” Now there’s some research I’d love to see …