It’s over 100,000!

Just a quick note – this blog just passed 100,000 unique views 🙂 No time to do the stats summary post, this’ll have to wait until later in the month. For now, I’ll just say that 45,000 of those views came from the good ol’ USofA, and that this post is, unsurprisingly, by far number one, on 12,000 views.

2013 blog summary

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Blog of the Year Award

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegSo the lovely Candace Knoebel gave me a Blog of the Year award a few days ago – just in time before the end of 2012. At first I had no idea what it was – which just shows you how “in” I am with this whole internet malarky 😉 – but thankfully she explained it all on her own blog, so now I’m that little bit smarter 🙂

I’m supposed to nominate a few people in turn, so here’s the list of who’s and why’s:

1. Nominating-back Candace Knoebel herself, for launching a full-scale marketing campaign of her book which puts my sorry efforts to shame. Seriously, she’s everywhere! 🙂

2. Saffron Strands, a food blogger from London, whose passion for seasonal produce and Maltby Street Market is inspiring.

3. Collette J. Ellis, a brilliant Welsh artist who paints dragons for a living. I’m working with her on a few projects now, and I’m expecting great things to come from it!

4. Chris Stocking’s Write to Perfect – 1800 followers and counting, a fellow steampunk writer and a prolific blogger.

5. YA Book Bridges – a teacher who reviews YA books from the point of view of teachers and parents. What a brilliant idea!

And now, for those who are as in dark as I was, them’s the rules:

Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

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Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award


‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

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10,000 views. I’m big in Greenland :)

I’ve just gone through 10,000 views!

I’m not going to do a big stats post like last time, but one thing I have to mention: today I got my first views from the frozen wastes of Greenland! 🙂

Since my 5,000 views post, I’ve also filled some gaps in Asia: China, Myanmar, Nepal… I got most of the Commonwealth nations accounted for (including all Channel Islands and Gibraltar) and covered 99% of Europe (Montenegro being the stubborn exception). Added bits of Africa, but still gaping holes there and in Central Africa.

I wonder how the 20,000 views map will look like?

Changes on the website

There’s been a few changes around here, as I’m having to fit more and more material on the website, and trying to make it a bit more professional-looking – and I finally had a bit more free time after releasing Volume 3.

The most obvious one is the layout change – I like this one (Grisaille), it’s tres 2012 with all the white-space and sans-serif font and the social network widgets on top.

I’ve added a lot of items to the top-bar menu: Blog categories, newsletter archives (I have a newsletter going out now – make sure to sign up using the link to the right), Press page with reviews and interviews, and Book Formatting menu with my guide posts and formatting services information.

The most new material is added to The Year of the Dragon menu: a lot of additional information regarding the books and the world of the series, including Character Glossary, Gallery of Arts and Maps, History of the World, and a Spotify playlist to listen to while reading Volume 1 🙂

I have a few more ideas to improve the website, but that will have to wait – now it’s time to focus on Volume 4!

PS: A few other updates:

– “The Warrior’s Soul” is available in paperback on Amazon

– If you have any questions on the series, the “Year of the Dragon” Q&A forum is now open on Goodreads

5000 views – viewing stats

Yesterday I broke through 5000 pageviews on this blog. That’s a cause to celebrate 🙂 The blog is active since the middle of June, so it’s taken almost exactly three months to reach the 5000. My other blog, that I moved from (and where all posts older than June come from) is at twice that much, but it’s been going on since July 2010 and Blogger counts pageviews a bit different than WordPress.

Here are some stats from these three months, if anyone’s interested. Warning: it’s a long post, and it’s got a lot of numbers. Feel free to skip it altogether 🙂 Continue reading “5000 views – viewing stats”