We only got back from the US yesterday and I’m still jetlagged and shattered from a week with the in-laws, so don’t have the brains for a proper post. However, since it’s the end of a year, I thought I’d have a look and see what the most popular things I’ve posted this year are. Oddly, there’s a lot of tiny things that I’d almost forgotten I’d written that have done very well.
Tenth most popular post of the year was part three of my Seven Soldiers series. The Seven Soldiers series also accounted for my ninth, sixth and fourth most popular posts. (If everyone who had read those posts had bought the book they were compiled into, I’d now have a lot more money. Unfortunately, the traffic for those all came from a Bleeding Cool link before the book was out. Oh well.)
Eighth most popular was my whinge about indie writers’ lack of professionalism.
Fifth most popular was this one about All-Star Superman, now collected in Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
And the most popular post of all was… (drumroll)… the one where I complained about changes to Google Reader and asked for alternatives.
Meanwhile the least popular post of the year, by a very long way, was part VII of Doctor Watson Investigates, with ten readers. That’s one fewer than a post reminding people to vote in the 2009 Euro elections had this year. Even the most popular of the Doctor Watson posts, the first, had only 104 views total, and most of the others are bumping around the twenty views mark. This suggests that my initial plan of doing more of those is probably a bad idea as nobody’s interested. I’ll finish the story over the next few days though, for the ten of you who are reading.
It does also seem, though, that I have discovered the secret of blogging popularity – just post an angry rant about something that annoys you that is somehow related to ‘geek’ interests like the internet or science fiction, and you’ll get all the traffic you can handle…
Plans for next year are:
Finish the novel proposal I’m working on
Finish and publish How We Know What We Know
Finish and publish Bigger On The Outside
Write a book on the Kinks
Restart and actually write the Cerebus book
Write vols 2 and 3 of the Beach Boys book
Write more about politics (this year’s events have just been too depressing).
Happy new year to you all.