1st Anniversary Post: Top Posts and the State of the Novel

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I set up camp on Wordpress a year ago to connect with other readers and writers, and establish some internet presence while I tried to get my novel published. As far as publishing goes, I totally failed, but I’ll get to that later. First, some fun blogging anniversary stuff—

The Best of A.D. Martin Posts:

Sex definitely sells—well, according to my post statistics, anyway.

Without looking too closely at all the facts, the posts which garnered the most clicks over the life of my blog—by quite a large margin—has been:

1. Two Seasons of Arrow, Seven Women for Oliver Queen; and

2. Cool-ish Actors, Annoying Characters

Pointlessly Shirtless Men of Arrow: Slade Wilson, Oliver Queen, John Diggle, and Roy Harper

Yeah, people click on these guys.

For the post about Arrow, the post seemed to have built considerable SEO which helped it to show up in Google results somewhat prominently (as I write this, if you search for “Oliver Queen” and “Women,” the post will be in the first page or two). I also noticed that not long after I made the post, someone awesome linked to it on the IMDb discussion board for the show. Thanks, anonymous person!

Aimee Teegarden

I should probably watch Teegarden’s newer stuff.

The SEO of the Arrow post aside, there is one thing these two posts have in common: attractive people. By coincidence (not by design; I wish I were that clever), the images displayed on my “Top Post & Pages” are of shirtless vigilantes and Aimee Teegarden, for the Arrow and “Cool-ish Actors” posts, respectively. I think it’s fairly safe to say that most people find Oliver Queen, Mr. Diggle and Ms. Teegarden pleasant to look upon and this seems to have played a part in giving these posts a higher view-count than my other posts.

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One Month of Blogging – Obligatory Anniversary Post

Accueil Scribe Public Domain ImageIt’s been a month since I started my WordPress blog to get my name out on the internet. You know, ’cause I’m a novelist trying to get a book published, and that’s what we do. I think it’s been going pretty well.

I’d like to thank the 362 people I’ve tricked into following me, 2 or 3 of whom who may actually enjoy my posts. Also, I’d like to preemptively thank all my future followers so I won’t have to bother with that it later.

Thanks!

Now, I’d like to commemorate this auspicious day with a short list of crap I’ve learned since I started blogging.

1. Blogging is addicting! WordPress really utilized flow theory and addiction with notifications on likes, follows, comments, and their little milestones. Those evil geniuses.

2. A post that’s basically a link to an Adventure Time video on Youtube will get you no likes, comments, or followers. Yeah, you need to actually create some original content or make some sort of commentary. Earn those clicks. Continue reading