The Best and Worst of March

No, this is not some weird April Fool’s day joke.  Honest.  Although, looking at my stats this month, I sort of wish it was.  My overall monthly views are up from February at 3,488 hits and 1,998 unique views, but they are still lagging behind the record-setting month of January.  This very likely has to do with me taking so many holidays and posting reviews of obscure books.  Obscure books = less search engine traffic = less overall views.  I’m happy to say that as far as I know, I’m home all of April, so we’ll see if this is a new disturbing trend or only temporary.

Now here are my 5 best posts for March:

1.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

2.  1984 by George Orwell

3.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

4.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

5.  What Makes a Character Memorable?

We have two newcomers this month!  Both 1984 by George Orwell and my article What Makes a Character Memorable? are completely new to my Best and Worst series.  I have to say that this is a refreshing change from the usual five that top this list.  Of course some of the regulars are still there, but at least there seems to be more traffic going to my newer articles.  What about my ‘worst’ articles, though?

1.  Queste by Angie Sage

2.  A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

3.  The Fourth Wall by Walter Jon Williams

4.  Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

5.  Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Once again, every single book at the list of the worst five articles is completely new.  Notice that they’re all book reviews too?  It seems my articles are more popular, as I observed long ago.  Well, at least the good news is that my worst articles keep rotating and aren’t like the best articles where it’s pretty much the same 5 every month.

So how did March go for you?


  1. cav12

    I try to avoid looking at my stats. I’ve decided to concentrate just on blogging and if people visit great, if they don’t then they’re missing out. As the saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’

    • Carrie Slager

      I wish I had your attitude! But stats are important when it comes to requesting books and ARCs from publishers, especially when you’re requesting a print book. If I’m watching my stats anyway, why not post about them? When I first started blogging, there was a shocking lack of stats analysis and I think it’s a good way to show new book bloggers the reality of blogging.

      • cav12

        That’s fair enough and understand why you need to keep apprised of the traffic. My stats aren’t anywhere near yours and honestly, get depressed when compared to other sites. Though they are higher at this time in relation to when I started last year.

        • Carrie Slager

          I try not to think of stats as a competition, but it does hurt when I see what I deem a really bad site getting thousands of visitors a day when I pour my heart and soul into this and get around 130 a day. But then I look back to where I was a year ago and measure my progress against myself. I’ve definitely improved!

          Part of the reason why I get more traffic than you isn’t just my semi-controversial articles, but the fact I post daily. A lot of content means a lot more for search engines to find, which is where most of my traffic comes from. I appreciate the views from search engines, but I appreciate my community of regular commentors far, far more. 🙂

          • cav12

            Ah ha, fair enough. You put the work, you should get the results. I agree with you regarding sites that aren’t great yet get the traffic. I will be content with where my blog is at and am happy it has increased quick significantly since starting last year. Thanks Carrie. 🙂

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