Top Posts for 2015

Chosen by you, here are the top 10 posts for this year.

10. To get us going is this post about Heather B. Costa, an aspiring writer who, like many indie authors is incredibly talented.

9. This post came about thanks to a fantastic person, Gene’O. I was thrilled to be part of the idea and still think it was a wonderful initiative.

8. From the awe-inspiring, we’re heading to the plain weird. This post came when I made a strange little discovery in my own home.

7. A definite reader favourite, Posts I loved this week was a definite hit with readers and this one toped the list.

6. This one wasn’t just for laughs, it was true! The horrors that can happen when you lend those precious books out. Readers could definitely relate to my list.

5. Number Five is a post that keeps resurfacing. People just can’t get enough of it and it pops back up in this count down year after year.

4. Though this post is definitely an attempt to make readers laugh, the list is, sadly, a true account of what I did. Sigh.

3. I was just ranting in this one…but somehow readers loved it.

2. This one is another huge hit this year. I did this little post trying to help out those bloggers out there and they certainly paid attention. A huge thanks to Gene’O at Sourcerer (again!) for that great post.

1.The number one post this year happens to be my favourite as well; for the #1000Speak for Compassion. As posts go, this one was a tough one to write. I had no idea what to say…then I just knew.

Before I close off, a huge thank you to everyone of my readers, without whom, I’d be writing to my dogs…and they don’t read that well.

 

Top 10 posts for January

January was a busy month at this humble little blog. In fact, it was the busiest month so far. I have no doubt it’s thanks to the incredible support of the awesome bloggers and readers I’ve met online. So, without further delay, here are the top posts according to you.

10. This one comes in last. It’s about my two akitas and their one fight. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. *Knocks on wood*.

9. Tags is a very important topic for bloggers and this post was a hit for that exact reason.

8. I found this in our house and it’s sort of…creepy. The warning inside gave me the chills…and I still haven’t written in it.

7. This one was a complete surprise. I was rambling about my bad habits with those blog stats and it was a huge hit. People everywhere shared how they deal with the temptation of those stats. I found those comments so helpful!

6. I started Posts I loved this week on a whim. Since then, I’ve thought about changing or doing something else but, every time I consider it, someone tells me that they like those posts. So I keep doing them. The truth is, there are amazing posts out there from really talented bloggers. Somehow, my saying that I love those posts seems to hit a chord with people. It humbles me to see it.

5. Pay It Forward was something I made up because I’ve received so much support from others online. Natasha Guyot is an incredibly multi-talented person and this post about her was a huge hit with readers.

4. I was owning my stuff in this one. It wasn’t easy to say and I avoided doing it until I saw a very special post by D. Emery. His courage boosted mine and I finally wrote this post. I’m still struggling with the editing but at least I’m being honest about it.

3. More than a year after it was posted, this post became a hit again.

2. I know for a fact this one was a huge hit because of the support of other bloggers online. I’m thrilled though, because the cause that started the post is a fantastic one and great ideas deserve all the help they can get.

1. This one was my number one post for January. Funny, eh?

One final note of thanks to everyone, bloggers, indie authors, readers or just people who happen to chance by my blog for making this month such a success! You guys are awesome!

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Top 10 September Posts

These are the top 10 posts according to you!

10. I admitted something a little sneaky in this post.

9. My review for Prophecy of Stones was a huge hit and so is the book!

8. From a long time ago, the importance of tags for bloggers still captures reader interest.

7. This one is a TV-related post about Pride and Prejudice that created instant interest.

6. This one was a total surprise. I rambled on about my reading habits and for some reason, readers loved it!

5. Why some TV Shows rock was a definite hit with you.

4. This one is an oldie and by all rights shouldn’t be here…but this list is reader’s choice. So here it is, my take on change and why I don’t like it.

3. Posts I loved this week are always a hit. Here‘s one that everyone loved.

2. Pet lovers came out in droves for The top 10 signs you’re a dog person.

1. Finally, the top post for September wasn’t actually a surprise, 10 Things you should know before you get a dog was a huge hit with readers. Either that or they simply liked the puppy pictures. 😀

Thank you so much for reading and making September such a hit! You guys are awesome!

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Why I love having a blog

Here are my top reasons for having a blog:

7. It helps keep me aware of what’s going on in publishing and writing. Nothing like reading other blogs to know what’s going on.

6. It helps me write better. Posts, by definition are all written–especially for me who can’t take a picture to save my life. That means practice. And that means I become a better writer. Yeey!

5. I get to shout out my two cents about anything. There’s something incredibly satisfying about shouting out my input to the world. I read about it on a blog or a post or a newspaper, chew it over and shout out my opinion on my blog.

4. I can connect with other writers or bloggers or readers. They know what this is like. They understand like few can. Their input and support is like a soothing balm that eases many pains.

3. I can help someone out. I’m just starting out as a blogger and a writer so I can’t pass on years of experience but I can warn others away from the mistakes I’ve already made and I can share what has worked for me.

2. I get followers who’ll leave a comment and/or a ‘like’. That positive feedback is amazing. It not only shuts up that nasty inner critic; it gives me an immediate way to judge how well written or how popular a post was.

1. It’s fun. Designing a header, making posts, putting pictures on line, reading other posts, it’s really, really fun.

Now, if you have a blog and are wondering about how to make it better…I can recommend this particular post. Not only is blog is highly recommended, the author runs a course on blogging that’s free. Free is my favourite price. 🙂

If, on the other hand, you don’t have a blog but are considering getting one, here‘s a great article on why writers benefit from one by Carole Jelen that might help you make up your mind.

Signs you were meant to be a writer

L.M. Montgomery’s book was rejected over and over before it got published. Apparently, those editors didn’t think Anne of Green Gables was good enough to go into print. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick suffered a similar fate. What if those authors had given up? How did they know they were writers worth publishing? Come to think of it, how do we know?

I think there are signs. Here are ten I can particularly relate to.

1. You like instructions written rather than told. Seeing them on the page is important to you. They make more sense when you actually see the written words.

2. You read all the time. All. The. Time. The owner of the used book store is a good friend you’ve known for years and you know the phone number to Chapters by heart.

3. Your reply emails are massive. And so are your sticky notes, and your tiny notes-to-self and your shopping lists…

4. Writing actually calms you down. When you’re upset, you go and write it down and feel better afterwards. Or maybe, you journal and leave that anger behind on the page. Or perhaps you already have a story going and you get some of that angst out through some great antagonists.

5. When you need to figure something out, you use paper and pen and write it out. Pesky plot issue? You head for your computer and type it out. Trying to figure out when things should happen in your story? Out comes a sheet of paper and you’re writing like mad.

6. When a person acts strangely, you don’t frown like everyone else, you think: great quirk for a character! Same goes when someone gets upset or when they over react or…

7. You research odd things online. Like baby names when you don’t have a child or history facts when you’re not a historian, or strange fighting techniques used by the military but you’re a pacifist…

8. You tell the best stories. And never let something as unimportant as the truth get in the way of those stories. And you watch your audience, see how they react and tell your story accordingly.

9. You love books the way some people love their children. Passionately, irrationally and very, very defensively. Others put them down at their own risk.

10. You read this list and said yes to at least 5 signs!

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