A year in blogging–I survived!!!

Today will mark a year that I’ve been blogging.

I cannot believe it. With more than 160 (published) posts, 50-something “drafts”, over 375 comments and just pushing past 7,575 page views, I made it.

Thank goodness.

For those of you who may not know this already, I feel awkward blogging. Truly how many people out there want to hear what I have to say on a somewhat regular basis? I guess the answer is just above 30 for direct subscribers and approximately 70 for indirect! Which from what I understand is actually a high number considering that I’m not a big name in the writing world, nor do I actively solicit subscribers.

So I became curious. Just what is it that makes people subscribe?

Recently, I conducted a survey that a few of you participated in. Two of the questions were directed straight at blog followers:

Why do you subscribe and what can I do to make it more enjoyable, that’s paraphrasing, but close enough.

So what draws people?

*Day in the Life Series or Character Interviews

*Frequent updates on future books

*FAQs, or I wondered about something, but didn’t want to ask directly, so I thought someone else would and it’d be answered via a blog post

*I wanted to be updated on how to get free copies of your books (This confused me as I rarely offer free copies here. I frequently give free copies away on other people’s blogs, but rarely my own.)

There were a few others, but I can’t think of them right now. The previous were either the most common answers or the ones that stuck out the most (such as the free books).

Oddly enough, the only recommendation I got was to bring back more character interviews, which I’ve made an attempt to do if only that darned Lady Olivia hadn’t popped back up in letter form accusing me of being highly unfair in my descriptions of her and her actions and threatening to slander my name.

So keeping in line with my #12 on my 12 goals for 2012 I’d like to pose the question: what would you, as in my blog followers–new and old, direct and indirect–like to see more of? Last year I attempted a few author interviews where I brought other people to my blog for an interview. I also did book reviews, but quickly ditched that as I found I didn’t have the time to keep up with it…but I do watch enough movies that I could do movie reviews, if there’s an interest.

Does anyone have any other ideas of what they’d like to see? I really hate discussing ONLY my books all the time as that makes me feel awkward.

Any suggestions of what you’d all like to see as I embark on my second year of blogging are more than welcome.


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