The Research Maven’s first blogiversary

On August 14, 2008, I wrote my first blog post, “Don’t believe everything you read.”

On August 17th, I wrote my second post, “The writer’s bookshelf (part 1).”

On August 18th, Cory Doctorow wrote about my brand-new blog on BoingBoing, and suddenly a few thousand people came by to check it out. According to the WordPress statistics, the following day (August 19th) was the busiest with over 6100 views.

I’ve written 83 posts, and my blog has been viewed over 63,000 times.

By far my most popular post was “Porn for book lovers” in March, with over 13,000 views to date and more every day. (Yes, I do realize that many of those people were searching for porn books and got my blog instead. Which is actually kind of funny.)

Other very popular posts:  the announcement of my first Research for Writers class (because Cory BoingBoinged me again), “A question for my readers about software,” “Advice for writers about research,” “Spell-check is evil, but funny,” and my first post about the Seattle snow leopard kittens (resistance is futile in the face of such extreme cuteness).

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Marcia Glover, Cory Doctorow, Nicola Griffith, Kelley Eskridge, and Matt Ruff, because I would not have started my blog without their encouragement and advice.

I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s read my blog, left me a comment, sent me an email, or recommended my blog to others through their posts, blogrolls, and tweets.

3 responses to “The Research Maven’s first blogiversary

  1. Happy blogiversary! I read your blog, but don’t think I’ve commented before. I’ve also recommended it to other people a few times.

  2. Hey, you’re welcome. Congratulations. Keep the great posts coming.

  3. Congratulations! It’s a great blog. Makes me happy to see a friend be successful.

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