The Best and Worst of April

Well I’m happy to report that my total views are up since March, reaching 3,748 instead of 3, 548.  Part of that I credit with the fact I reviewed books by authors who publicized my posts and the fact that I had a huge giveaway in conjunction with Carla Hanna.  Giveaways always bring up statistics.

Enough about that for now.  What were the most popular posts for April?

1.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

2.  Giveaway: Starlet’s Web & Starlet’s Run by Carla J. Hanna

3.  End of Days by Eric Walters

4.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

5.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

I definitely have my theory as to why my Hunger Games article soared to the top this month: a teacher is using it in their curriculum.  How do I know this?  I followed the link that was giving me so many referrals and logged in as a guest on Owensboro Public Schools Moodle (an online correspondence course tool).  It seems my article is being used to help teach The Hunger Games to students and that makes me very, very happy.  I suspect some school(s) is/are doing a novel study about Eric Walters’ End of Days because it fits in with the themes that are supposed to be covered in most curricula.  As for the others, they’re very popular books or giveaways; those things normally get plenty of traffic.

So if The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome is at the top, what are some of the bottom ones?

1.  Kaiulani: The People’s Princess by Ellen Emerson White

2.  Why Books Should be Rated on a Logarithmic Scale

3.  The Host by Stephenie Meyer

4.  Extras by Scott Westerfeld

5.  Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal by Anna Kirwan

What’s not surprising is seeing two books from The Royal Diaries on here, but I’m disappointed that Margaret’s hilarious guest post Why Books Should be Rated on a Logarithmic Scale isn’t doing so well.  It’s definitely not for a lack of effort or creativity on her part, but I suppose it isn’t all that clicky (not a lot of keywords people search for).  As for The Host and Extras, they’re not exactly the most popular books around, but with The Host movie coming out you’d think there’d be more traffic.  Oh well; it wasn’t the most flattering review anyway.

That’s how my April went.  How was yours?  Anything new going on with you guys?


    • Kelley

      Okay, I read that post, commented, and realized that the post was dated November 2012. Is this a new post? Or an old post? Or what is going on? I’m so confused now.

      • Carrie Slager

        It’s an older post, Kelley. But my older posts still get quite a bit of traffic, which is why I expressed my surprise that it was one of the ‘worst’ posts for traffic. 🙂 Sorry for the confusion too. I don’t only recap the best posts that were published in April. I count my archives as well.

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