Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing & Publishing ~

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What’s Your Opinion? ~ Writing Blogs . . .


I’m an old sailor and, as a writer, I see readers’ opinions as part of my navigational equipment—radar-returns, sonar-views, weather-broadcasts.

Sure, I may ignore all the signals and write something “against prevailing tides” but only when my Muse starts shouting orders :-)

I’ve had three readers’ surveys on this blog in its nearly 17 months of life and the latest is linked-to in the left side-bar

Today, I want to get some multiplex feedback—a bit of tricorder readout.

I consider this blog to be about Reading, Writing, and Publishing, yet all three surveys showed the most interest was in writing.

Of course, it’s difficult, when exploring writing to completely ignore reading and publishing.

And, even though I’m going to take my readers’ advice and focus on Writing, I’ll continue to relate it, when I feel it necessary, to Reading and Publishing

So, with all that said, do you consider this a “Writing Blog”?

Do you read other “writing blogs”?

Perhaps you’d like a memory-jog about other writing blogs you’ve visited and forgotten; perhaps you’d like some suggestions of other writing blogs to visit?

Here ya go:

From WriteToDone: Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2011/2012

From BlogRank: Top 25 Writing blogs

From Best Colleges Online: Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs

So, what kind of blog-navigational-advice am I after?

I’d like a Readout—a Return-Echo—of what you  like in other Writing Blogs (what you might like to see more of here)

Feeling like helping this old sailor??
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Come On, Change My Mind ~ Vote In Our Survey :-)


A couple days ago, I posted a poll, soliciting readers’ opinions on what topics they wanted to see in this blog.

I published results the other day and there have been a few votes since then.

Knowing what my readers want is important to me, so I decided to put off a “normal” post and, instead, ask again for those who have yet to vote to, please, take a minute and register your desires.

You can either scroll down two posts or click here
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Survey Results ~ New Directions


Our last post was a survey; and, while I encourage you, if you haven’t voiced your desires, to scroll down and add your opinions, it’s been up long enough to not see any new votes for the last 24 hours.

I currently have an average of 58 people coming to this blog each day, which isn’t so bad considering I started it on January first.

There are about 7 people who regularly comment and the survey had 39 votes. Since each person could check 3 options, there may have been 13 people contributing to the results (so far).

The topic with the most votes (20.5%) was Writing, closely followed by (c. 18%) Writers’ Issues.

One surprise for me was the number three slot (15.4%), How Notes from An Alien Can Help Earth. If you’re new to the blog, Notes from An Alien is my book, being published May 16th and available free from the link in the right side-bar :-)

The remaining votes fell out like this:

Self-Publishing c. 10.3%

Reading & Genre Explorations both c. 7.7%

Language, Author Interviews, and Social Issues all at just over 5%

And, Global Issues and Publishing both at c. 2.6%

I gratefully thank everyone who voted and, again, encourage those who haven’t to scroll down and take part.

I’ll be pondering these results and working toward satisfying my readers’ desires; at least those readers’ desires which got expressed.

It’s interesting to me that there were no topics with more than around 20% of the vote. The spread of interests intrigues me.

What are your thoughts?
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