It is a fact of life that whenever you try to plan your life you end up dropping something at some point – life intervenes and you have to. You have to prioritise. In 2016 it was this blog. But it is interesting to see what my top 10 posts were for 2016 in terms of how many people viewed/read them. I got views despite not being as active as I wanted to be on the blog. I am hoping to change that this year. It is also interesting to see what people read and to try and unpick why that was the case.
PS: All headings are clickable and will take you to the posts in question.
This was the second month of an attempt to fill in a hole in the literary scene in Perth – things, to me at least, seemed a bit too dispersed and scattered so I tried to create a calendar that would list all the literary and journalism events in Perth, WA for people to use. There was a lot of initial excitement on Twitter and so I wasn’t surprised that this post about it got a lot of views.
The calendar has moved on to a Google Calendar format. People with information to add should send me a GCal link/invite to the event in question or reply to me on Twitter. This way I can add it to the Calendar easily and people can add it to their calendars and navigate through it very easily. It also makes it easier for me to update as I just set up most things that repeat regularly once and it keeps going.
This was the result of being unable to pitch this piece anywhere in time before the event occurred. I was invited to attend an anniversary vigil for a former refugee who in a great bureaucratic mess had been buried without any members of his community being informed and unable to attend his funeral, adding unnecessary trauma to the entire incident as he had died rather tragically.
The post was shared on Facebook within activist groups and I have since posted it in my portfolio so perhaps why it has garnered such a huge response in pageviews but it still doesn’t seem to quite fit. From a journalism point of view: I didn’t have much new information to add to the story but I felt a) it was important to cover it and b) it was important to write it as a feature and make Khodayar seem human to the readers. I hope I succeeded in that. Let me know in the comments if I did or didn’t or how you would have covered it differently.
This tells you how badly I dropped the ball on the blog in 2016 if one of the top most viewed posts is the happy New Year post. Presumably people read this because they wanted to know what I was planning in 2016. And because maybe I planned to do something strange in letting people see the horrible draft of HIM? I don’t know – it’s rather strange to me that it got high pageviews though again maybe I would have had much higher ones on others had I written more posts more often.
A list post is part of why this post did so well but it was also about travelling and at the time I wrote somewhat consistently about being in Sri Lanka and travelling to work in journalism there for two months. So I think the same people kept coming back and this year quite a few people have consistently told me that they or people they know are travelling to Sri Lanka so perhaps I am showing up in Google Search Results now for this. I certainly hope so and maybe I will break it down into categories and do more of them. This was definitely one of the posts that also got a lot of engagement via comments because people wanted to have their say on things they remembered, things they could not believe and so on. I should definitely do more of these. Tell me in the comments what sort of tip lists you want – travelling or otherwise.
The first post I did when starting the Calendar thing – I think people were surprised and curious so they came to see what this was about. I think it is a resource that people are getting a lot of use from. Please remember to check out the current version which is in Google Calendar form so you can subscribe to it or let me know what you want to add to it.
I am thinking of applying to be on Anna’s promotional team. So many of you read this review. It could not have been the only review I did but I am not going to look back and check to see if it is. I can only assume many of you loved it or that the title was intriguing or that Anna being the social media guru had managed to have the title whispered about online so it caught your eye when you saw me review it.
I also think it is because a lot of writers read this blog from time to time when they aren’t shaking their head at me. And we all support each other and yay, look a review. Another more prolific source of traffic comes from Australian Women Writers when I submit a review to the database and it gets pulled out and showcased in a round up. I think that’s where quite a few views came from. Let me know if you found me for the first time via Australian Women Writers. I am curious.
I am actually very gratified that so many people read this because in my mind it didn’t actually do very well at all and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it did. I think it was diverse writers themselves who wanted some ideas who viewed it as much as non-diverse writers would have done so in order to figure out if they were doing what they should or could do to level the playing field and reach out. The post itself talks about what I define as diverse so please check it out and I think it is a useful post for all writers and readers to use to support each other.
This was one of many stories this year where something happened after everyone at a newspaper had gone home to bed and there was no one around to cover things. In the late evening this popped up on Facebook circulating within certain groups and I, unable to rouse any journalists, wrote the thing myself, put it on the blog, and got a shared byline in the updated version the following day. Weeks later I was running into people who remembered the piece.
Again, this resource draws a lot of views and it has popped up three times in the list simply because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what would be the best way to set it up so it was the most useful it could be to others.
Digital Writers Festival is awesome. I was so excited and you can see my panel sessions below complete with weird tech issues. I can see why people came to see what was involved and why the views went up. What is a digital writers festival? It sounds nifty and cool and what would I talk about?
And that’s it! So tell me – does this match up with the kind of posts you would like to see more often on the blog? Let me know in the comments what you would like to see more or less of in the future.
And as always thank you for being here! 🙂
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