September’s Ketchup is here! For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up.” At the end of every month, I write these posts describing my big moments, top blog post, the post I wish received more views, my top referrer, and more in order to show what goes on behind the scenes here at ShannonAThompson.com. I hope these insights help fellow bloggers see what was popular, but I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website.
Thank you for being a part of my life this September!
On the 25th, I had my two-year anniversary of blogging right here on ShannonAThompson.com. Hitting these moments remind me of how much time I spend on here because I love sharing my thoughts and discussing your thoughts in the comments. What can I say? You keep me coming back! And now there are 18,000 readers here.
That’s right. ShannonAThompson.com hit 18,000 followers this month. As I’m writing this we have 18,201 club members. I only mention that because I wanted to clarify that I write my Ketchup posts a few days in advance. That’s because these posts take me a long time to collaborate. But I just wanted to thank everyone for joining me on this little website of mine.
Other big moments included the release of Take Me Tomorrow’s book trailer and the Author Extension Community’s services. (Prices have now been added, and I think there are very affordable for the Indie community. But that’s just me.)
Who knows? Maybe next month I’ll have more news about Death Before Daylight.
Top Three Blog Posts:
1. 10 Things Authors Worry About: I’m glad I’m not alone in these worries, but it looks like we all have to stop worrying so much. :] That’s my way of telling everyone how awesome they are.
2. When Reading is a “Fad”: What’s “in” doesn’t matter – what matters is how we’re all reading.
3. Coffee & Cats: Episode 5: I’m both shocked and very happy that you all are enjoying my interactive poetry series! My stats boomed that day, so I’m definitely continuing this, and I cannot wait to continue hearing from you about my latest poems. Thank you for supporting my latest project.
My Love Story: Poetry Edition: This isn’t the usual type of post that I share here on my website, but I wanted to explain why I was starting my interactive poetry series by describing how I fell in love with reading and writing poems. That being said, it was also a very personal story, and it was a very difficult story to share here. A lot of it has to do with my college roommate’s death in 2012, and the anniversary of her death is approaching this October. I find that poetry has been the main way I’ve coped with it over the past two years, and this poetry series is very much reminding me of how and why I love poetry so much as well as my college years.
Authors Don’t Read by T.B. Markinson: A fascinating discussion from author, T.B. Markinson, that I believe many writers and readers can relate to. Meeting an idol can be strange, but it can also cause questions to arise about our own goals and life. A shout out to T.B. Markinson for writing this wonderful piece!
Other Blog Posts Organized By Topic:
- Changing Character Names: Even after you decide on some names, you might want to give them a second glance.
- When Characters Say Too Much or Too Little: Oh, it happens. It happens often.
- Writing Tips: Food in Fiction: A part of me loved the excuse to include Sailor Moon in one of my posts.
- 10 Cry-Worthy Books From My College Years: If you want to cry, here’s a place to go.
- Why Are Parents Dead in Fiction?: There are literary reasons and personal reasons for including this type of character in a novel. For me, it is both.
- Pros and Cons of an Author Blog: If you’re thinking about starting one, these might be things to consider. (But I hope you ultimately start one if it’s right for you!)
- Author Announcements (2): Two-year anniversary, book signing, prices added to services page.
- Author Announcements (1): Interactive poetry series, construction changes
- Website Wonders: a classic
At the end of the month, I also like to take a moment to thank all of the websites who supported me by posting reviews, interviews, and features. If you would like to review my novels or interview me, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always love speaking with new bloggers, writers, and readers! And I will share your post on all of my websites.