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This is a list of some of my blog’s most popular pages.  This list may update from time to time as I see new trends in popular pages, but it won’t be updated frequently.

  • Céad Mile Fáilte: This is my post on Dear Wife’s and my travels in Ireland, and especially concerns my attempts to learn the Irish language.  This one has risen in popularity perhaps not so much because my regular readers enjoyed it, but because there are a fair number of people out there, on any given day, who want to learn Irish, or want to know how to pronounce one of the Irish words that I posted pronunciations for in this entry.  A few of those googling how to pronounce this or that in Irish or what it means end up clicking on my blog, which appears pretty high in the search rankings for these types of searches.  It puts me in mind to do a little more learning on Irish and share what I’ve learned.  Still, I wonder whether any of these hits are from people who stick around after the fact.  I rather doubt it, unfortunately.  Still, this has become, by a wide margin, my singly most popular page.  There seems to be a pretty decent interest out there in internetland for stuff on the Irish language.  Yeah, I think Irish is pretty cool, too!
  • Opening a Vein: A post on my thoughts and feelings around posting very personal thoughts and feelings; especially those that may be on sensitive or polarizing topics and which may be read by people who have their own strong feelings that disagree with my own, and where and how to draw the line.  I suspect it was popular because it’s an interesting topic to explore, especially relevant to bloggers and internet denizens in general.
  • New Media & the Future of Publishing: This is a blog about writing, and about my quest to get published.  Insofar as my readers, here, are interested in that topic, it’s not a far leap to discover that they’re interested in what all the change that’s been going on means for the future of the industry.  I suspect a number of my readers are fellow writers traveling the road to publication, so this is a topic of inherent interest to them.   This was largely an opinion piece, but these opinions didn’t form ex nihilo; I developed them after reading a lot about what other writers, published and unpublished alike, had written on the topic, and thinking a lot about it.
  • Games With My Son: It had been suggested by some readers that they would appreciate more personal stories.  This post was evidence of that.  Posted on my all-time highest traffic day, the traffic this post received was a big contributor to that.  A lot of people seemed to enjoy reading about the silly experiences I’m having as a father-to-be.  Slowly, I’m learning to find the line between sharing too much personal information, and sharing enough personal stories to make this blog interesting.
  • Me, My Religion and Healthcare:  This is the post that prompted my musings on sharing personal thoughts and feelings about controversial topics listed above (“Opening a Vein”).  It links to a separate blog with some very personal thoughts on a very controversial topic.  I still worry whether posting it was a mistake, especially living where I do in a part of the country where potential future employers might find my personal thoughts and use them against me because they disagree with my politics.  Ultimately, though, I’ve decided I don’t want to work someplace where my boss’s will be that fanatical about their political point-of-view that they’d not hire someone because their politics differed.
  • The Challenge of the Writer: This post was written in response to something I read on another writer’s blog, and concerns a similar topic to the one referenced in “New Media & the Future of Publishing”.  Again, popular on this site largely because of the relevance to me and my current readers.
  • Paternal Paranoia:  Another personal-story post, and one that has long been among my most popular pages.  But the continued popularity of this page stems more from repeated visits from googlers who are concerned about that funny gas smell or worried about a potential sewage leak.  I hope these people find the answers they need, but I fear I don’t have them: I’m still learning what all these worry-signs mean, myself.
  • Dialogue, or “That’s what she said”: This was a post I did on writing dialog in stories, but please don’t take it as a gospel truth, or anything.  I’m an unpublished writer, as yet.  What I say makes good dialog may, in fact, have very little to do with what makes good dialog.  Still, this post was one of my original “most popular” pages, having, as it did, among the most hits of any post for the first couple of months that I blogged.  Then, it just languished while other, cooler posts beat it up and stole its lunch money.  Only recently has it suddenly resurged, overtaking the Games with My Son, Paternal Paranoia, Challenge of the Writer, and New Media posts in overall popularity.  Of interesting note on the title of this post: I snagged the subtitle from a popular phrase in the TV show “The Office” but, ironically, I don’t even watch the Office (or much of any TV for that matter, more for lack of time than because I would dislike it).  But I knew enough people who did that I suspected using the quote would draw in a tiny bit of traffic.  At last, my secret plan for world domination has been vindicated.  I’ve shown you all!  Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Writing and the Art of Blog Updates: An interesting addition to my Popular Posts page, this was written during my long drought, during which most of my energy was spent working on a “sekrit projikt”.  Since said “sekrit projikt” consumed the lion’s share of whatever free time I had, I had very little time to blog, so that week saw only a couple of updates.  This post was a response to that “drought”, in which I mused on the value of regular  updates on a blog, especially when you consider a blog to be a possible career-enhancing vehicle (vis-a-vis a writing career, not so much with the business career, probably).  Again, that means this topic is particularly relevant to the larger number of my current readers, who are like-minded souls unto myself.
  • 100 Books Meme, 1 Year Later: This popular post was driven up by a number of readers (including my sister among them; yes I’m one of those bloggers who gets read most by real-life friends and family, at least for the time being) commenting to make note of which of these 100 books they had read.  It’s a fun, if silly game.  Go check it out!
  • Breaking in (Part 1): Periodicals and Short Stories:  This post was the first in a series of six in which I discuss my Grand And Evil Plan for World Domination Through the Medium of Getting Published.  This series was about how I plan to approach the topic of getting published, and this particular post was about the short story and periodical markets.  This post comes up periodically in google searches on some of the magazines referenced in this post, and in google searches about getting published in science fiction and fantasy magazines.  Of course, what I say on the subject only has value if my plan, in fact, works.  But it is a plan that is as yet untested.  So, once again you have to take my thoughts on the subject with a grain or two of salt. 
  • Writing Quote: What’s that word that means…?:  This is the first in my ongoing “Writing Quotes” series of blog posts, in which I dig up quotes that touch on or reference writing in some way, and muse on what I think the quote means.  The quote in question, in this post, is about synonyms, and it made me think about how sometimes when writing we let the perfect word slip away because it eludes our grasp, and we settle for a weak synonym instead.  All you writers out there will know what I mean.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    February 15, 2011 2:40 am

    Hey there. I just happened upon your blog and read through a few of your stories. I think you have potential, but most of them seem to be at about the same level of story-craft. I don’t know if you have ever analyzed science fiction or fantasy writing, but I think it would be of great help to you. Try to break down the components that are incorporated in crafting fine writing and rebuild them. You will notice that there is so much to be said when creating your own universe, but you have to limit your scene settings to keep a good pacing. Keep up the work, I’m sure with a little improvement you will be published in no time.

    • February 15, 2011 9:19 am

      Thanks for giving them a read. I’m not surprised you’d find most of the stories here to be at about the same level (I agree). None of them is my best work – almost everything here is raw, unedited first draft. My higher-quality work I tend to hold back, as this is what I’m trying to shop around as I try to get published. That’s better writing, but still not quite where I need it to be, so I’m still working on it. I do analyze stories and writing that’s been published, mostly in fantasy and sci fi, as much as I’m able to. That’s been a big influence in my development as a writer. I hope you’ll keep following me as I travel down this road toward publication…

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