I enjoyed last year’s year-end blog post round-up, so here is a brief post summarizing and reflecting on the last year at Tales from the Bookworm’s Lair.
I wrote 46 new blog posts this year (including this one), which is certainly on the low side, but I hope to boost my numbers in 2013! What can I say, finishing a dissertation and starting a full-time college teaching gig takes a lot of time and doesn’t leave much room left for reading and blogging about books.
Here are the top search terms that visitors have used to reach my blog:
choose your own adventure
the ship that sailed to mars
fuck me ray bradbury
james bama doc savage covers
classic vampire novels
alternative book titles
doc savage covers
alternate book titles
tin tin covers
tintin cover art
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the insidious dr. fu manchu
the swap academy greg stevens
Obviously I need to write more about Tintin and Doc Savage!
Here are the most popular blog posts I’ve done thus far (my general home page gets the most hits by far, but people also seem drawn to particular posts):
Making reading sexy
Great “new” Doc Savage and Tintin Covers
Book Review: The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer
Classic fantasy novel: The Ship That Sailed to Mars by William Timlin
Choose Your Own Adventure books analysis
New interview with Doc Savage cover artist James Bama
Stephen King Flowchart
20 celebrity libraries
Cartographic analysis of maps in fantasy novels
Review: Hell Island by Matthew Reilly
Alternate book titles for the classics
Modern science is catching up with occult tomes
Book Review: That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley
Book Review: The Hunt for Bin Laden: Task Force Dagger by Robin Moore
Rachel Bloom has finally met Ray Bradbury
Review: Nick Carter #53: The Arab Plague
New Doc Savage novels!
Book review: Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan by Malcolm MacPherson
10 classic vampire novels that inspired Anno Dracula
Book Review: Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski
So what do these results tell us? I’m not entirely sure, but several things are apparent:
1. Not much has changed since last year. These results are all remarkably similar to those from December 31, 2011.
2. My post regarding The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (link NSFW) was probably the single most popular blog post I’ve ever done, and has returned the most traffic to my blog of any site. As I said last year, carry on, ladies! May your outdoor reading adventures continue into the New Year, especially when it gets a little warmer.
3. Readers STILL love both Doc Savage and Tintin, and are frequently visiting in search of more. I didn’t write anything new about those series this year, but obviously there’s a great deal of interest in them, so I probably should.
4. As I said last year, t’s never clear to me what readers will enjoy and what they won’t, and that’s ok. I write this blog almost entirely for myself. However, I love interacting with readers, and hope to encourage more of that in the new year (suggestions on how to do that are always welcome). Here’s hoping I have a bit more time for reading, reviewing, and blogging in 2013. Now that I am also reviewing for Hellnotes (and reposting those reviews here after a brief delay), I am reading and reviewing even more horror-themed fiction than usual, but that’s not at all a bad thing.
I have several new blog posts queued up for the new year, and will open with something I had never done before: interview an author. So look for that soon. I will also have to include a post or two about recent book acquisitions (when not blogging I have been having a number of new book-related adventures) and some long-overdue commentary about the state of the book industry (writing, publishing, retailing, reading).
Just to close things out — and because I don’t like to do posts that don’t include an image to accompany a wall of text — here’s a picture of me reading my Kindle on the couch with my Chihuahua Crisco, who is apparently exhausted from all the reading that he’s been doing.
Hope the new year brings you many great books!