I’ll start off with this here blog. Almost simultaneous to me finishing my first book, I set up a website to help publicize my writing and as a locus for people to ask me any questions.
At the same time, I decided to add a blog to the site, which would deal with whatever I wanted it to (primarily my writing early on, but wildly veering away soon after). I gave the blog an appropriately cautionary title: “Ramblings”.
Having absolutely no understanding of web pages, traffic generation, publicity and marketing, my site was a desolate wasteland attended by only the most loyal of friends and followers (no family, of course, as none of them to this day have ever read my books).
To that point, tomorrow will mark my 1,000,000th “hit” on the website. In over eight years. Heh. I believe some websites receive 1,000,000 in a day (or at least a week). I took eight years.
And, of course, most of those are probably phony. You want to talk about your Russian hacking? In the last year, I’ve had over 6,000 visits from Russia and the Ukraine (third only to the good old USA and everyone’s favorite “unknown”).
So, I’ve posted over 1,000 times and gotten 1,000,000 visits. What do those statistics tell me?
Not a whole lot. Certainly not a whole lot of book sales, but we can discuss that tomorrow.