The Best and Worst of September

Well folks, it’s October already.  September went fast, especially since many of my previous stat records have been smashed.  My old record for views in one day was 305, but now it’s 861.  Why?  Anne Rice herself linked to my review of Pandora on her Facebook page and her Twitter account.  I suspect it will be a while before I break that record, so let’s look at what articles gathered the most hits in September:

1.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

2.  Pandora by Anne Rice

3.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

4.  The Giver by Lois Lowry

5.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

Pandora‘s rise to #2 isn’t all that surprising because of the extra publicity it gathered.  What is surprising is that Matilda is now the top article.  Most of my traffic for the day comes from Matilda, which makes me suspect people are either revisiting their childhood or teachers are doing novel studies way earlier than they did when I was little.  Of course the bottom three are related to your typical novel studies  both in Canada and the U.S.

So we know what the top articles were, but which articles did the worst in September?

1.  Rape Girl by Alina Klein

2.  My Favourite Heroines

3.  Fly Away Home by Maggie Myklebust

4.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

5.  What’s New in the World of Books?

The bottom books aren’t really that surprising, but what’s interesting to me is how they keep changing from month to month.  It seems like no article/review is consistently bad, which is nice.  The book reviews on the bottom 5 aren’t surprising because they are either obscure or were once popular, but the hype died down.  The articles aren’t surprising either because ‘My Favourite Heroines’ isn’t exactly the best article I’ve written and ‘What’s New in the World of Books?’ was a current events article.

In September, I also broke my record for views in one month, which was 4, 846.  It is now 6, 927.  The publicity from Anne Rice sure helped with that, but I’ve noticed that now I’m getting more views on the average day than I used to, which is how things should be as I get more content up.

So how was September for you guys?


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