In November 2014, I had had good success with my most recent story and I decided to start a blog about my writing and stories that I’d liked. I meant it as an additional way to communicate with my readers beyond comments and PM’s. I’d thought I share the story behind my stories, where I’m at on my next story, LitE stories that I had recently read and enjoyed, and maybe bullshit with people who commented on my blog.
So I created an introductory post, posted the extended author notes for two stories and waited for people to come to my blog. And I waited. And I waited.
One problem was the challenge of informing people that I had a blog. I put it into my sig for the forums. I tried to add a link to my blog to the end of my next story but that led to my story being rejected for having a link to an external web site. Eventually, I put at the end of my next story the note, “See my Literotica profile for extended author’s notes “. My Literotica profile then had the link to my blog.
During November 2014, I had 18 visitors. December, I had 13. January 2015, I had 11. I don’t think I had any comments. Not what I had envisioned.
In April 2015, I published another story. My number of visitors jumped up to 41 for the month. I got 55 in May and then it went down from there until August, when I published yet another story. 136 visitors for August.
I didn’t publish anything for a year. I got a steady stream of visitors, typically 30-50 a month. But I think most of them were visiting for the wrong reason. I had written reviews of several stories I’d like. A couple of them were stories where the whole family had sex. When I looked at the search terms people were using to find my blog, most of them were searches for family sex stories. At first, I thought such people might stay, read my blog and then read my stories. It didn’t seem to happen. I felt like the people looking for family sex stories were skewing my visitor stats so I eventually deleted all of the posts that discussed other people’s stories.
I’m using WordPress for my blog and it doesn’t provide me with much in the way of understanding about the people visiting my blog. Sometimes, WordPress while provide me with the web page the user was on when they clicked on a link to go to my blog (a referrer). Knowing that people used Google to get to my blog isn’t helpful without knowing how they used Google to get to my blog. Sometimes, WordPress provides me with the search terms, but not often. To pick a date at random, on 12/04/16 I got 8 visitors. 7 of them used some Google variant to get to my blog. As for how they used Google to get to my blog, WordPress tells me that 3 of them used “Unknown search terms”. And one person got to my blog from my blog.
In August of this year, I published two stories that were very popular. I decided to try something new and I put at the end of the stories a link to extended author’s notes that I had published on the “Story Feedback” forum. From there, people could get to my blog by clicking on the link for it in my signature. I got 247 visitors in August, which was almost twice as much as my prior best. Readership has fallen off since to 95 in November.
Sadly, I’ve not got the many comments that I had envisioned. I’ve gotten 12 comments in two years. 4 of those were from one user asking about a sequel to one of my stories.
Because I’ve gotten so few comments, I have no idea what is a good post for a writing blog. I post stuff that I find interesting, but have no idea if anyone else does.
I have had several comments and PM’s that say that they really enjoy my extended author notes and my blog. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to keep my blogging occasionally.
If you decide to blog about your writing, I wish you more success than me.