The Best and Worst of January 2014

January was a record-breaking month for me.  Not only did I welcome 64 new followers (about two per day) my total views for one month record was shattered.  My previous record was 6,927 views in September 2012.  Now January 2014 is the record to beat with 8,228 views, including 5,133 unique views.  It may be a while before I break my record again but I’m very happy that my traffic has been consistently high this month.  So which articles brought people to my blog?

1.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

2.  An Apology to Self-Published Writers

3.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

4.  The Mad Reviewer Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2014 Sign Up

5.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

We have a new article on the top 5!  Thanks to more than a little bit of help with Twitter promotion from Mark Lee of The Masquerade Crew my article ‘An Apology to Self-Published Writers’ went from getting two views in the entire month of December to climbing to the #2 slot this month with 834 views.  That, my friends, is the power of promotion.  Even with help it couldn’t beat out my Game of Thrones article but I was very pleased with the results of the Twitter promotion.  It also helped that people like you, my readers, spread the word about my reading challenge so I got 45 people to sign up this year.  That’s double the number that signed up last year.

So which articles were my worst this month?

1.  Discussion: Posting Schedules

2.  Switched by Amanda Hocking

3.  Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer

4.  A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

5.  Your Shameless Blogging Self-Promotion Thread

I’m not really too worried or annoyed at any of these appearing on my list of least popular articles.  They’re either outdated articles like the self-promotion thread and the discussion or they’re older books that aren’t really popular much anymore.  It’s not the end of the world because none of these have appeared on the bottom 5 list before and likely won’t for a while yet.

In January I had record-breaking stats, read some great new books and re-read several of my old favourites.  All in all, it was a pretty good month.  How was your January?


  1. James Kennedy

    I’m pleased to see that January was a hit for you, too! I learned hat only a small audience reads book reviews—it’s articles and opinion pieces that really grab people. I love the new theme and your new content. You’ll break that record again soon enough. Keep up the good work! 😀

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks! Yeah, reviews aren’t big for hits from my readers but I do get a decent amount of search engine traffic on the older ones. Articles and op-eds are definitely what hog all the attention and they generally get more search engine traffic than reviews. I’m glad you like the new theme and content. My first research article is coming up on February 17.

  2. Jemima Pett

    It’s funny isn’t it – my book reviews get a good following among my posts – but then it’s one of four regular features and the Monday comment and Friday flash get more… and I’m a writer not a reviewer, so the audience is different, I suppose.

    Good to know you’ve had a really good month – mine has been riddled with technical difficulties, but hey, it’s a challenge!

    • Carrie Slager

      The audience is different but I wouldn’t say reviews are a complete waste of time for me because although I don’t usually get many comments I do get lots of search engine traffic later on. But it’s still my articles and op-eds that get the most traffic, both soon after they’re published and months, even years later.

  3. literaryvittles

    wow over 8,000 pageviews in a month!! That’s more than my blog has had in its entire existence. haha. but you’ve been working hard on your blog for a long time. well-deserved!

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