Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in review

My first post here is dated February 8th and this is my 129th post since then.

According to my sidebar count, I wrote 245,250 words this year, though I know that doesn't include the erotica, some other scraps of things and there may be a bit of overlap with last year. I wasn't keeping track of this stuff last January. All I knew then was that my writing was back and I had to make up for lost time.

Of my blog posts, the three most popular were all blogfests: Power of Tension,  the First Campaigner Challenge, and the Made of Awesome!, in that order.

I suppose I should do more blogfests. Then again, drawing an audience isn't what this blog is for right now -- I want people to read my fiction, and I can't post my fiction on my blog if I ever want to make money on it. Maybe someday I'll be using this to promote a book release and fans will come looking for sooper-seekrit background info on their favorite characters.

I'm going to get it
 I can dream, right? Till then, I keep writing.

Some people can draw hundreds of followers by blogging about the same old writing advice that gets re-hashed over and over (because it's all true) and talking about their everyday lives. I know, that's how they tell you to build a blog following. "Connect with people" by sharing personal stuff.

Well, if I was good at connecting with people I wouldn't be writing. To everyone who stops by here and read and comment: thank you so much.

245k: damn, that sounds like a lot. Felt good, though. This year was better than last year and that's the first time I've been able to say that in a while.

I don't do New Year's resolutions -- I just decide to do things. But I'll declare my intentions: I meanto have Course Corrections ready for querying by spring. I think I have a good chance of finishing the fantasy monstrosity. And we'll see what else comes up.

See you in 2012, everybody.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The A to Z Challenge would be a good blogfest!

The Golden Eagle said...

245k is definitely a lot of writing!

Hope you have a great 2012.

Daniel R. Marvello said...

Yep, the Platform Campaign really boosted my blog traffic too. A few people from the campaign still stop by once in a while.

Thanks for swinging by my blog and commenting on my book promotion idea. And thank you for your kind offer. You may be hearing from me. ;)

I'm in awe of your 250K words. It took me all year to write my book, which ended up being about 75K. I hope to finish the second and third books of the series in 2012 though, so I need to step up my word count game!

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