I’m to much of a one for stats on my blog. Now that I am using the WordPress app on my iPad, though, they are the first thing I see when I open it up to write.
I have to admit, it’s nice to see numbers of people who’ve visited. More fascinating, though, is the top ranking posts each week. There are the posts I’ve published that week – which you’d expect – but also random ones from years ago. They seem to spike, and I have no idea why.
This week, there were three that just seemed to come from nowhere…
A Sheltered Woman is a short story and The Other Child a domestic thriller. Both are from 2015. Cinderella Girl is a Scandi Noir from 2016. As far as I’m aware there is nothing ‘special’ about these books, even though they were good reads. There is no TV shows being made, for example, that might lead people to search for them.
So I am assuming this is more likely to be linked to some type of internet bot thing. And I’m just interested in how it works. Anyone out there who understands blogging more than me that can shed light?
Back in the middle of April the lovely Bookish Owlette nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Given I was in the middle of my bookish slump I said thank you, book marked the page and carried on feeling sorry myself and my lack of reading. Now I seem to have gotten my reading and blogging mojo back it’s time to finally get round to taking my turn. Read More »
ack in November last year, I did my first “Cleaning Up the TBR” post, something I first saw over on Fictionophile, who had seen it on Lost in a Story, and thought it was a really good idea. I know I’m not the only one who thought the same as I was seeing it everywhere so I am glad to jump on the bandwagon. Hopefully no one will mind 🙂
The idea is you take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest five to ten items on your list. If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not? If you want to keep them, make the case. This is my third visit to the list so far, with the last one in January. Here’s what’s next on the list…Read More »
Recently, I have been feeling a bit grumpy when it comes to reading. I can’t say it’s a slump because I’m still reading books at pretty much the same rate I always have. But, picking those books up just isn’t giving me the thrill it once did, even with some of my favourite authors.
I’ve been scratching my head as to the why a fair bit and I think I’ve come to a conclusion that too many of the people in the pages are grumpy, ornery or just down-right angry and it’s beginning to rub off on me.Read More »
Last year around this time I was struggling with how I follow blogs. I was using Google+, Bloglovin’, WordPress Reader, and email plus Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Some bloggers I followed in every which way, others only one. Because of that, I was missing out on some great posts but seeing others two, three or four times.
It was more than a little frustrating and, as a result, I made the decision that, social media aside, I was going to use Bloglovin’ as my main blog following tool. For the most part it’s worked. Recently, though, I’ve started to feel overwhelmed again and I think it’s because I’m following too many people. If I add everything up, it is close to 300 individual blogs yet I probably only visit 30 or 40 on a regular basis. Read More »
One of my New Year book-ish resolutions was to read more physical books. That’s pretty much all I used to read. Then I got my Kindle and got a bit excited by the world of 99p books out there (who wouldn’t), filled it up and started reading. And then kept reading. The books on my shelves, those bought or gifted, sat there. Waiting patiently and slightly dusty for the day I would pick them up.
For many on the shelves, that day simply hasn’t come. Which is a shame because, sat where I am on my couch, typing away and looking over at the shelves there are so many books on there that I want to read. I just find, when I get to deciding on my next read, the ebooks always seem to come first.Read More »
Last year, I took part in the 2017 Discussion Challenge. The aim was to build up the courage to write more than reviews, to start expressing my opinion beyond my thoughts on what I had read, even if only just a little bit. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. There is something about writing a discussion post, the putting myself out there that had me thinking twice more than once.
In the end, I wrote six posts that I classed as discussions (including one on what made a discussion a discussion, a question I still haven’t quite answered for myself). This made me a “discussion dabbler” but it was kind of where I thought I would end up. This year, I want to do more, in fact it’s one of my new year blogging resolutions. How much better I’m not sure but I’m aiming to at least double my discussion posts to 12 – one a month. Hopefully, I’ll succeed!Read More »
So, I know that it isn’t quite the end of 2017 and I should be saving my New Year’s resolutions until the 1st January but I have a feeling there won’t be much blogging from me next week, other than a few scheduled posts, as my to do list is as long as my arm, and I can’t say about the weeks after that as school is out so I’ll be on mommy duty. With all this in mind, I thought I’d spend a bit of time today looking back at my year of book blogging and think about the things I want to accomplish next year.
Yesterday, posting my latest read on Instagram, I commented that I had – once again – picked a book that had a woman walking away from me. In a bright coat. I really can’t resist these books and I’m not sure why.
Is the woman in question walking away from me or into danger? Should I follow her? What is she thinking – is she smiling, crying, scowling? So many questions and I want to know the answer to all of them so I have to read the book. Read More »
It’s being a while since I took part in a book blogger hop but, today, the urge struck and – unlike the last few weeks – the question was one I could answer with more than one sentence (one sentence always seems like such a waste of a post).
The other nice thing about this week, after writing three reviews back to back, is that it’s not about books. It’s about movies…
Off the book topic – What is your favourite scary movie?
So, when it comes to scary movies I have to say I am a bit of wimp. I think I want to be scared – but, when it comes down to it, I don’t really. I blame my parents (who doesn’t?), who let me watch scary movies as a child, thinking because they were old and in black and white they were harmless. How wrong they were!Read More »