That Edge-of-Your-Seat 2016 Recap and Statistics

2016 was the year I started posting regularly on ReprobateTypewriter.com.

Posting regularly was a new thing for me, and I didn’t really start until April, when I did the A-t0-Z Challenge. I’m going to be up front about it, and say that part of my discipline for finally putting my butt in my chair and doing it was that after my sister died, getting up and doing a blog post every day was more or less the only solid thing I could think of. I didn’t do it because I believed it would actually result in anything.

So, here are my results. The interesting ones, anyway. I had 758 views in 2015. In 2016, I had 5,683. In July and December of 2016, I had more views than I did in the entire year of 2015. If I follow this rate of growth out through 2017, I wind up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 43,000 views. I’m not sure if that’s a practical goal, or not. Still distancing myself from that, a little bit.

I did the StoryTime Blog Hop Four times, the A-to-Z Challenge in April, and NaNoWriMo in November. (And theoretically camp nano, but it got swallowed. Life.) Then, I did the Nano Blog Hop. I’ve also become a regular at the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. So, much more social than I have been in the past.

Oh, and look at me. I have followers. I’m not filling sold-out arenas, just yet, but there are more people following this blog than in my first school. Including the teachers.

My top pages for 2016 (not including my home page or stuff like “about me”) included a few of my short stories:

And the Storytime Blog Hop Page.

Over all, I’m happy with the results I’ve gotten. Among other things, I’ve started to see growth as something that can be measured in years, instead of centuries, and progress as being a realistic, and possible goal.

So, how has your path been?

And Medium Sent Me 2016 Statistics

Today I got a year-end email from Medium, informing me that I’m in the top 10% of readers and writers (whatever that means) on their website. That surprised me, since I’d hardly consider myself a power user. Most of the attention I get seems to be for non-fiction, and more specifically, for responses to other peoples’ writing. Oh, I export some of my stories from here to there, but in general, the response isn’t all that much.

Top 10%?

I can’t decide if that means I’m making progress. It might just mean the platform is dying, and I’m the only one left. Or it might mean the platform is still growing, and that I have a chance of growing with it.

The email broke down the more flattering statistics on my “stories” which means fiction and non-fiction. Not everything I’ve put there. 4 out of 8 pieces I think; possibly not including responses. 184 people have read things I wrote on Medium. Huh. Just guessing I’m more on the top reader end of things, with 1,034 minutes spent reading. 3 minutes a day? No, that seems wrong, too.

Super-secret algorithm, I guess. I’m winning. Why would I doubt it?

Medium hasn’t sent any readers to ReprobateTypewriter.com. (I checked.) And the link from ReprobateTypewriter.com has sent two whole readers Medium-ward. It’s not a frenzy of activity. But then, again, I haven’t really focused on Medium the way I have on Twitter, or on my own website.

Part of it is that my relationship to Medium just hasn’t clicked, yet. I don’t know where it fits into the rest of what I’m doing online. I don’t know whether I should just import stories, and basically turn it into a mirror of Reprobate Typewriter, or if I should use it as a more specialized off-shoot. Somewhere to put the political rants, and the over-sexed pieces that might stir up more debate than I want to bring home.

I envision it as being–in a way–a much broader audience than I have here. A place for my thoughts on education, and presumptive paternity, and communication in general. Did you really want to hear a rant on paternity being contractual? What about sex-ed and consent? You know. That kind of thing… Over there.

I have a few drafts. Most of them are responses to other people. The others are a little more soap-boxy than I’d usually put here on Reprobate Typewriter. I’ve written a few things… and then my self-censoring mechanism kicks in. Most of the time. And I don’t push the publish button.

I haven’t spent much time on Medium. Not working on my own things. Not promoting them. Almost all of the time is reading time.

Four stories, and ten or fifteen minutes reading over my lunch hour a couple of times a week. I’m really not sure what to do with that information, either.

I really like Medium. I like reading on it. I like the things I find there. I just… haven’t gotten to the point where I completely see it as a place to be a writer. I talk to people there… but if I want to tell a story about dragons, I usually put it here.

What about you? Do you ever use Medium? Tips? Hints? And if you do… have you ever thought about starting a publication?

Momentum on the Internet; or, I Choose To Celebrate

I’m about ten views away from hitting my 5,000 view milestone with this blog. That’s taken me two years–give or take–but the first year was pretty much practice.  For the first year, or so, I only posted very sporadically. I was trying to post the Lepterians  novel, and the total number of posts was probably in the neighborhood of three or four a month.

I mention this because I really don’t know whether that’s a good record, or a bad record, or if there are people laughing at me from behind the internet while I celebrate something miserably pathetic. I know, of course, that it’s still microscopic in the grand scheme of things.

What I don’t know is how it compares to other writers’ experiences. Objectively, there’s a big question mark there.

I feel behind. I feel as though two years should amount to more than that, or that maybe, I just haven’t hit that magic formula of personality and content, yet. I feel like I need a podcast, a YouTube channel, and maybe some guy in a big chicken costume, handing out brochures on the street.

And, at the same time, I feel overwhelmed and grateful that that many people are paying attention. I’m celebrating. Of course, I am. It’s taken me a long time, and most of that time was outside my comfort zone.

So, tell me about your experiences. Are there certain milestones you celebrate? Achievements you weren’t expecting–that a-ha! moment–that I should be looking forward to? Are there things you’d do differently, if you were back where I am now, looking to do it over again?

June and July Statistics

I let a month slip by me there.  So, in June, I wrote 35, 174 words.  In July, I was up to 40,232.  I’m not sure why I’m having so much trouble hitting the 40k mark on a regular basis.  40k is about 1300 words a day, and for the most part, that’s not a particularly unreasonable goal for me.  I think the answer is consistency.  Six days in June where I dropped below 1000 words (all of them a significant shortcoming) and only three in July.   Not sure if that’s enough for a trend.

For the year, I’m sitting at 247,825 words.

I’m working on exactly how to define revision related goals.  Right now, I’m looking at two crime manuscripts that need revision, the Science Fiction experiment that I’ve been posting here, and a couple other projects that are still on my hard drive.

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Three manuscripts on my desk.

The one on the right is the Science Fiction Experiment, all printed out.  Completely intimidated by that one. For comparison, the other two are both full-length crime novels.  Yes, I’m showing off. It beats quaking in the corner out of fear and insecurity. 😉

March Statistics

I wrote 31, 601 words in March. That’s including five days of random inconsistency, so I’ll have to work on that more. I’ve been working with a plot grid for the first time in my life, and I’m getting a lot out of that. I still haven’t mentioned this blog to anyone I know in real life. I can’t really decide whether that’s a rational choice based in a desire to have a separate space, or just an irrational fear.  Maybe the truth is that I trust them with my work, I just don’t trust them with my need to have a separate, sacred and artistic space. I think I’ll probably hold off on inviting them until I figure that out.

February Statistics & Musings

I wrote 29,557 words in February. I’m still enjoying the Science Fiction/Fantasy experiment, and I’ve been working on revising that into a presentable form.

Could be Valentine’s Day.  Could be Fifty Shades of Grey. Could be the relationships I’ve picked to explore in my own work… but I’m fixated on sex and culture, right now.  That’s not exactly new, but it is coming to the forefront.  To be clear, I don’t write Erotica, but I absolutely think of sex as a part of the culture of my books. Does that prostitute work for bread, or cocaine? Tells you a lot.

On Valentines’ Day, I went to an elderly relative’s house to fix her computer and wound up talking about bondage porn. We are not the kind of family that generally discusses bondage porn. But, there I am, listening to a story about something that happened decades ago, and still bothers her.  Guilt story. Not a sex story. But it’s not the only one. I keep running into people who want to talk. And talk about things that I would never have suspected were running around in their heads.

The conclusion I ultimately came to… is that Fifty Shades’ popularity isn’t actually about the book, or anything that is or isn’t in the book. It’s about community and acceptance. Women being able to tell each other their stories. And relief. Relief because if a hundred million people read Fifty Shades, and they’re making a movie, and it’s on the Late Show, maybe my secrets aren’t so bad either.  Maybe you can accept me, too.