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2013 Top Ten Blog Articles

I’m giving thought to my blog, to decide what, if any changes I want to make to my approach for 2014. At the end of 2012, I saw an increase in my blog readership. One of the high viewed articles was my Christmas story I had posted. I believe it did so well due to the message about changing the name of Christmas, which seemed to resonate with a wide audience and get shared around.

So I concluded from that data at the time that people would mostly want to be entertained. In fact, it made sense to me that the best way to convince people that my published books would be entertaining to read, would be to show I could accomplish the same on my blog. To that end, I decided for 2013, that I’d post once a week at a minimum, one short story, one humorous article, one writer’s article, and one theological article per month. As the year progressed, I pretty much did one article a week up until November. And the planned article subject schedule didn’t stick completely save I did successfully post one new and original short story each month.

Problem is, none of the short stories made it into the top ten. The highest ranked one is The Three Little Pigs, or How to Invest Wisely at 13th. Readers spent an average of 5.5 minutes reading it. That probably ranked highest out of my stories due to people searching for investment advice from my comedic retelling of the fairy tale. Probably not what they were looking for, but read it anyway. The next story doesn’t make it into the first 25.

Ironically, despite my focus, the articles in the top ten are all non-fiction oriented. A combination of my ebook publishing how-tos, related to my book, How to Make an Ebook: Using Free Software, and the ones on marriage introducing my book, Healing Infidelity: How to Build a Vibrant Marriage After an Affair.

Following is my list of articles in descending order:

#3 for many years, being the oldest in the list, ranked #1. Now #1 is by far ahead, with more than double the page views of #2, 2,826 views during 2013. My quandary is that while I’m great with providing the non-fiction how-to’s and thankful for the traffic they generate, I know that traffic is probably not going to be that interested in checking out my fiction. They come to get info they’ve searched for and are not likely to be in the mindset to buy fiction while they are here unless it is totally an impulse buy.

As I evaluate the direction to take with my blog this coming year, this is an opportunity for my regular followers to throw in their opinions of what they’d like to see. More theologically oriented articles? More how-to’s? Continue the free monthly fiction stories or pare them back? Add something I’ve not been doing?

Another consideration. From feedback I’ve received, my novel’s most rabid fans are in MG and early YA. If I were to target that audience with this blog, what kinds of articles would you expect to see here? Probably not how-to articles.

Thanks for your input, and I look forward to another year of interaction.

About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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3 Responses to 2013 Top Ten Blog Articles

  1. Lisa Godfrees says:

    Hey, Rick.

    I try to follow your blog and I completely missed your short stories. ??? One thing that would help is if you put the blog in your email subscription instead of making people click back here to read it. There aren’t many blogs that I email subscribe to. Only the ones that I actually want to read on a regular basis. But for yous, I get the email and then have to save it and make time to click back here. I usually read blog emails while I’m waiting away from the computer. The browser on my phone is unwieldy and I try not to use it.

    The problems you mentioned are my own. How to you blog something that will interest people to buy your books? I try to promote the books I like, figuring that followers that like what I read will like what I write. And I also try to throw a theological spin on things, because God is important. ;)

    So, my advice would be to keep doing what you’re doing and maybe promote it a little differently to see if that helps. Dunno.

    • R. L. Copple says:

      Thanks for the input, Lisa.

      The email subscription you’re probably referring to is my general author email list. You’ll note a email subscription link at the top right of this blog page that is specifically for this blog. My wife’s used it, and it sends the whole blog post in an email.

      If you want to check out what you’ve missed, click the “Free Fiction” category link, or the following:

      Free Fiction

      • Lisa Godfrees says:

        Just subscribed on this page. I’ll have to check out the free fiction. Thanks for the link!

        Happy New Year!

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