So, I’ve done my Australian Women Writers’ Challenge wrap-up, my Reading highlights, and now, to complete what’s become my annual trifecta, my Blogging highlights. I hope I’m not boring you – but I’m doing this partly for my own record!
Top posts for 2015
As in 2013 and 2014, my most “hit” post for 2015 was a short story by Virginia Woolf, her “The mark on the wall“ (posted March 2012). I presume it’s a set text for schools/universities.
However, for the first time in my blog, Australian works occupied 2nd to 5th place:
- Red Dog (Movie and Book) (posted in August 2011)
- Hannah Kent, Burial rites (posted April 2014)
- Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones (posted September 2009)
- Richard Flanagan, The narrow road to the deep north (posted October 2014)
Last year’s fifth highest hit, Barbara Baynton’s “The chosen vessel” (posted November 2012), continues strongly at 9th, and I’m thrilled that indigenous writer Tara June Winch’s Swallow the air (posted July 2014) ranked 10th. My most popular non-Australian novel post was Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges are not the only fruit (posted April 2010), which came in 8th. My most popular 2015 post – albeit 45th in the list of top posts – was for Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and punishment.
As last year, many of my top hits are for older posts, which suggests that there’s some longterm value in litblogging.
Random blogging stats
I always love to share some of the searches that find my blog, and this year, as always, there were some interesting ones:
- what new stories does that deadman dance tell: an interesting question – I’d love to know why it was being asked
- how useful are hachette writers retreats: now, there’s someone doing their research
- custard apple cultivation in india: I have no idea
- chic lit gum: I suppose this found chick lit reviews (such as for Toni Jordan’s books)
- unrevised japanese girl adult pictures: again, keine Ahnung
My busiest day this year was November 19th with 611 views. The most popular post that day was Don DeLillo, Midnight in Dostoevsky. Last year, my busiest day was October 28th with 436 views. Guess what the most popular post that day was? Yes, Don DeLillo’s Midnight in Dostoevsky. It must surely be a first semester set text in the US somewhere?
Other stats tell the story of my year. As many of you who read my blog regularly know, it was a very disrupted year, and this shows starkly in my posting stats. This year I wrote 133 posts, some 19 fewer than last year’s 152 (neither of which is anything like Lisa’s rate of posting!) This didn’t stop you visiting though – and for this I thank you. According to WordPress, my blog visitors came from 168 countries, and my most active commenters this year were: Stefanie (So Many Books, So Little Time), Lisa (ANZLitLovers), Ian Darling, M-R (author of the memoir, And then like my dreams), and Meg. Thanks to everyone who reads and comments on my blog. I love “my” little blogging community (and I worry when some of you disappear at times! I want to know you’re OK. You are allowed not to comment, of course, but …)
Monday Musings on Australian Literature
I have been posting Monday Musings since August 2010. WordPress tells me that Monday was my best posting day with 51 posts. Funny that! To be honest, I’m surprised I’ve managed to keep it going this long. It’s an interesting challenge, and makes me appreciate even more those newspaper columnists who have to keep producing to get paid! However, as I said in last year’s highlights post, it’s all of you who read and comment on my musings that encourages me to keep going, so, rest assured, you’ll see another one tomorrow!
Australian Women Writers’ Challenge
As I wrote in my AWW Challenge wrap up, I will participate in the Challenge again this year, so let this be my announcement post. I plan to stick to the top level – Franklin, read 10, review 6 – though, for fun, I may have a go at a Bingo Card challenge. (See here for the Sign Up page). I will read more of course, but I’m not in this for the challenge so much as for the community and supporting Aussie women writers.
And finally …
I’ve already said it in my Reading Highlights post, but I’ll say it again: thanks to everyone who read, commented on and/or “liked” my blog in 2015. You demonstrate what a positive place cybersphere can be. I wish you all happy reading in 2016.
And, of course, thanks to all the wonderful bloggers I visit, the authors who wrote the books that make it all possible, and the publishers who get the authors’ works out there for us to read. May 2016 be a stellar one for you all.