If you follow me on twitter (@12books12months) you’ll be aware that I am a sporadic stat obsessive. Which basically means I while away certain evenings by checking how many hits the blog had that day, then putting out plaintive messages on social networking sites to increase the numbers. Obviously it would be more constructive to spend this time writing, but whatever, you’re not the boss of me.
This lurking around the WordPress Dashboard offers mixed results, but I think the main thing we can take away from it is that it makes me kind of annoying to be around. I know the best way to get hits is to have interesting stuff to post, not to whinge at folk on Facebook - but that doesn’t stop me. It doesn’t even slow me down. I merely hark back to the glory days of the book festival when I was all kinds of popular without having to do very much, because people wanted to read about what was going on and I happened to be writing about it.
However, the book festival comes but once a year, and to conduct a countdown from this point on until next August would be overkill. So what to write about? Well, stats can help with that, because they show the most popular search terms that have brought people to the blog. Once you know what piqued internet interest in you, it’s merely a case of emulating that success.
Except it isn’t really, because people get to this blog by searching for three things. They either look for “12 books in 12 months” or some variation thereon; “Amanda Palmer”; or some one-off random search term that means nothing to anyone other than the searcher. Having said that, I do like reading those bad boys.
Here are some of my favourites.