Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

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Navigating My Blog . . .

The main themes of my blog are Reading, Writing, and Publishing. 


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It’s a little over 3 years old and has just over 850 posts.

There are also 9 pages of Special Information.

Folks new to the blog might miss something important to them because they aren’t aware of some of the ways they can find things.

Those 9 Special Pages are pretty self-explanatory; check out those black tabs with white writing at the top of the blog

Also near the top, on the right, is a search box—enter single words, multiple words with commas between them, or phrases.

If you scroll down a bit, the left side-panel has a Top Posts & Pages area and, right under it, a Top Tags Cloud—the larger the words in that cloud, the more posts with that topic (and, hovering over the clickable words tells you how many posts

Plus, if you explore that left side-bar from top to bottom, you’ll find a wealth of other resources

And, if all else fails, at the top of the side-bar, in pink type, is a Contact Me link so you can send me an email and ask me anything at all

One other thing you could do that would help me a lot is take my survey of what You want to see on this blog :-)
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Top Posts & Pages for 2013

Many blog authors are quite obsessive about checking their statistics—I’ve learned, slowly, to control myself—not get all bent out of shape if the numbers fall and not become overly excited if they rise

I’m in this for the long-haul and it can take many years for a blog to really take off and become widely popular.

Also, the “Top” blogs out there are the ones that cater to reading habits that are shaped by our materialistic, over-hyped culture—something I’m known for avoiding :-)

So, here are my stats for 2013 (I stopped when the numbers fell below 122 views since that would be an “average” of one view every three days—in other words, these are the top 20 out of 282…):

Alexander M Zoltai ~ The Author of This Blog   2,126
Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story…   626
What’s The “Best” Way To Learn “Proper” Grammar?   489
* The Book ~ Notes from An Alien   443
Why Do Certain People Become Writers?   275
Free Software for Writers . . .   274
Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?   250
Behind The Scenes . . .   158
Are Writers Doomed To Be Isolated And Lonely?   157
Diagramming Sentences ~ A Lost Art?   146
What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?   145
How Can An Author Make Their Book Go Viral?   141
What’s The Relationship Between A Writer & Their Characters?   136
Selling Books Is Hard. ~ So, Why Do Writers Keep Trying?   132
Why Writers Must Read In Order To Become Authors   131
So, Do Libraries “Steal” Money from Authors?   131
Are You A Fast Study or Slow Learner? ~ It Can Definitely Depend On The Subject And On Your MOOD!   127
Are All Writers Introverts? ~ and ~ Can An Introvert Do Book Promotion?   125
Do Homeless People Read Books?   124
The Best Writing Software *Ever* ?   123

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Top 20 Search Terms That Got People To This Blog . . .

I’ve been writing in this blog for 2 years and 10 days, 5 times a week

I need your help in deciphering some data.

Most bloggers keep track of statistics.

How many Views does the blog have? —> 41,642 as of this moment

But, Views is a tricky number—it doesn’t mean how many people visited.

For example, if 100 people each looked at 2 pages of this blog, it would have 200 Views

Another stat most bloggers care about is Top Posts & Pages.

I’ve published information on the top posts and pages for this blog in April, August, and September of 2011 and May and August of 2012.

An interesting stat is the Referrers—other places that sent folks here—the top 6 being various Search Engines, ( the host of this blog helps other WordPress bloggers find me :-), Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.

A stat that intrigues me is Clicks—which of the links I plant in my posts do people investigate—the all-time top one being <— where folks can get a free copy of my novel :-)

But the stat I’d really like your help with is Search Engine Terms—the words people use in Google, Bing, etc. that lead them to various posts here.

There are all those people looking for things—they plunk some words in a search engine—they end up Here

What I’d like you to do is look at the top 20 search terms used to get to this blog and tell me “something”, in the Comments, about the folks who used them :-)

the danger of a single story
notes from an alien
what are words notes
why do people become writers
what is a genre
what makes a great story
jammers inaka
danger of a single story
reading helps writing
what happens when we read
kinds of writing
open source novel
common words used in writing
1200 most frequently used words
what sells books
how reading helps writing
what is a single story
free software for writers
freelance fiction writing
karla telega

BTW, jammers inaka and karla telega are people I’ve blogged about.

Any insights?

Can you divine a “profile” of the people who used those words?

What was going through their minds or hearts when they entered those words in the search bar?

Looking forward to your Comments :-)
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State of The Blog Message

Time to account for my nearly obsessive attention to posting five times a week on this blog.

Sure, I’ve got stuff to say and there’s always info worth sharing but, over the short long-haul of this blog’s life (6 months and 22 days), what have the folks who visited found most interesting?

First, in the wonderful Stats that WordPress compiles is the HomePage number of 3,710 views; which, of course can be as brief as an eye-blink :-)

So, subtracting those views from total visits leaves 5,323 views of individual posts.

But, next in the list of top views are the AboutPages for me and my book–246 & 206, respectively. BTW, the consensual wisdom is that AboutPages are usually the most-visited places on a blog; for good reason, eh?

And then come the numbers for the most-visited individual posts–something that informs me about the reaction of my readers to my efforts

Here are the Top Ten:

Any thoughts about what folks like most on this blog??
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Our Current Top Ten Posts :-)

Even though this blog has only been active since the first of the year (95 posts), I thought it would be good for my readers to take a gander at the most visited posts in its young history.

Here are the top ten most-read posts:

If a post about you didn’t make the current top ten, stay tuned, ’cause it could be there any day now :-)

I find it interesting that five out of ten are Author Interviews, even though it’s still scoring low in our survey
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