The Magic Number!

When I started this blog I plucked a figure more or less from the air of how many followers I would like by the time I publish my book. At the time I didn’t know a) how easy it would be to gain followers and b) exactly when I would be publishing.

Well, as if by magic, it appears the two have collided in some sort of cosmic ordering and as I approach the day I publish (next week???) I have hit that random number. Plus one.

(I do have more than three followers, just in case you were wondering)

(I do have more than three followers, just in case you were wondering)

I’m not going to reveal what the figure is but it is Word Press followers I was interested in rather than Twitter followers. I have lots of the latter (well, “lots” being relative – I have only just reached my first K but that’s plenty for me), but started in January with none of the former. And now I have some. Again, compared to many bloggers it is still a very, very modest number. But I am mighty happy that anyone is following me at all and I hope that some of those followers do occasionally read some of my ramblings.

Statistics is an interesting one, though. When we read our numbers what are we thinking? Is it better that we have lots of viewers who each view one thing? Or fewer viewers that stay longer, browse around and read a few different blogs? I like it when I see I have two or three times as many views as viewers in a day because it means people are interested in what I’m writing about and want to read more. To me, that is more satisfying than lots and lots of hits from people who don’t stick around.

What do you think?

Exciting times – the proof copy of the Survival Guide has arrived!

Is this one of the most exciting things that can happen to a new writer (short of Big Publishing House/Hollywood coming a-knockin’ which just isn’t going to happen!) – the proof copy of my book has arrived! For the first time I can hold it in my hands…smell the pages…flip through the chapters…stare lovingly at my creation….

Proof copy pic

It’s been a long while in the making but here it is.

Now all I have to do is go through every page with a fine tooth comb, hope not to find anything too awful and then decide on publication date.

Watch this space!