Seeing as this is my second “Ketchup” post ever, I am amazed by how much I am falling in love with these. It’s a lot of fun to go back to analyze stats in order to figure out what you all found decided was the most popular. This helps me understand you all, and I think it also shows other bloggers what goes on behind the scenes here at ShannonAThompson.com. I’ll slowly be adding in more categories as I realize what will be the most helpful to everyone! Here is what I’m sharing this month: my big moments, top three blog posts, the one blog post I wish received more views, the rest of the blog posts, top referrer other than search engines, top searched term, and gains in followers, likes, and shares. I also included every website who has helped me this month.
Seconds Before Sunrise released on March 27th, which is the moment every writer looks forward to, but after the release party, something amazing happened! My novels skyrocketed into the top 1,000 books in the Kindle Store. Your growing support is astounding, and I cannot wait to continue into the future with my next novels, including “Death Before Daylight” (book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy.) If you want to start now, here’s a link to Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise.
Other big moments included actress, dancer, and director, Gracie Dzienny tweeting about my novels. I also found out my poem will be published in the first edition of LaLuna Magazine, so look out for more news on that coming in April.
Top Three Blog Posts:
2. What’s Your Shade Name? And other Author Announcements: The shade name generator was possibly the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It’s also nice to know you all are interested in reading about my author life!
3. My Home Away From Home: This was a post I was nominated for, and I spoke about my favorite place to go. The post was also the anniversary of my mother’s death, and I shared how cemeteries bring me peace, even to this day.
The Post I Wish Got More Views:
Writing Tips: The Five Senses: This post actually got a lot of views, but I spent more time organizing and writing this blog post than the others. I analyze how to include the five senses in a novel, but I also ranked what I and other writers believed to be the easiest to the hardest sense to include. After that, I showed tallies from my own novels to display if my original thoughts were correct or not. I still believe this prompt is a fantastic (yes, time consuming but fantastic) prompt for all writers to try.
Other Blog Posts:
Below are the other blog posts I haven’t mentioned yet. They are organized into categories.
My Writing Process Blog Tour: Nominated by Dan Thompson, I explained my writing process.
Why I Am Most Nervous About the Second Book of a Trilogy: Middle novels are often seen as transitional novels, and I fought that – hard.
What Changes from First Draft to Publication: I share my personal experiences in editing.
The After Party: The day after the release of Seconds Before Sunrise.
The Controversy of Rating and Reviewing Novels: there’s a lot of argument going on between readers and writers. I discussed a few of the most common ones.
So You Want to be a Book Blogger: Tips for setting up your book reviewing website.
Is that Novel REALLY Dystopian? How Market Trends Affect Incorrect Labeling: Novels are often mislabeled on purpose due to marketing strategies.
No Makeup Selfie Campaign for Cancer Research: I always take time to participate in important events like this.
Guest Post: The Passion – she is contagious: author, Sorin Suciu blogged about his passions.
The Oscars: Who I Want to Win This Year: I have to do fun posts every now and then.
And last, but definitely not least, I want to thank the websites who supported me this month by reviewing my novels, interviewing me, and featuring my work during this crazy fun month:
Reviewers: Fantasy is More Fun, Life With No Plot, Just A Third Cultured Kid, The Modest Verge, Write Out Loud, A Reader’s Review, Coffee Shop Reader, Ennlee’s Reading Corner, Pau’s Castles, Chris Pavesic, The Novel List, Press Pause, Fast Forward, Breathe Wild Flower, Mental Cheesecake, Life with no Plot, Endless Reading, So Little Books, So Little Time, Fantasy is more Fun, and Tamara Morning.