100 Posts And Counting

It’s that time. Time for the obligatory “100th Post” post. Time to reflect on my blogging endeavors to this point.

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know what must come first—a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has followed the blog, left a comment or a like, or just stopped by once (and maybe cursed at the search engine that led you here).

If it weren’t for all of you, I may have given up on this months ago. (I know, I know. That won’t look good to agents or editors if I’m ever going to get a traditional publishing deal.) Whether you realize it or not, you’ve all helped me keep writing when I’ve faced the brick wall, wondered if I could post something people would enjoy reading, and tried to suck it up and get revising after beta reviews. I cannot thank you enough for that.

The blog is 8 months old today, too. Those of you who post every day hit 100 a lot earlier (and my hat is off to you). But I learned twice a week is all I can handle if I’m going to provide anything more substantive than a Facebook status update.

I like to think I’ve improved my posts and writing during this period. The number of followers slowly grows and no one has formally unfollowed me yet. In May and early June, I thought I would breeze by 10,000 views before today. Instead, I just topped it late Tuesday evening. A lot of you apparently went on vacation together on June 10th. Views tanked that day and still haven’t rebounded. That’s okay—I’m not in this to break the world record for blog views. And if you’re off somewhere and don’t see this post, you aren’t missing anything earth-shattering. Enjoy your summer! Or winter for those of you south of the equator. But if you’re sipping mojitos on a beach and happen to see my muse, could you let her know I miss her?

So where will I be when I reach 200 posts? Hopefully much farther along with the novels. I’m slogging away at rewrites on Death Out of Time, and the Summer at the Crossroads characters are suggesting needed revisions to their story. A post on point of view is forthcoming based on their book. I hope you’ll offer your opinions on that one.

Most importantly, I hope you’ll all still be with me and following along on this writing journey of mine. You’ve made the trip so much more fun than it was before I started blogging. Thank you again!

From The You-Know-What Queue

“It’s exhausting to seek out educated individuals on this subject, however you sound like you realize what you’re talking about! Thanks” — How nice to be complimented. Someone thinks I know what I’m talking about. Well, I would hope so — this was meant for my “About Me” page. :)

If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to post about, feel free to offer them in the comments!

77 thoughts on “100 Posts And Counting

  1. Congratulations! It’s a milestone in writing and reading and I’m happy to drop in and find what ever morsal you have left me. I always learn something.
    Oh yes, june 10. That was international sleep in day :)

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    • Thanks, Kate. :) But how did I miss the memo on international sleep in day?! I would’ve taken part! I’m going to try to keep things interesting and varied. Time to try some new things, too.

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  2. I’ll be proud when I hit 10- currently sitting at 9. I couldn’t imagine how elated i’ll be when I reach triple digits. Good job on the blog and reaching 100 posts. Keep it up. :)

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    • Thanks, Commander. ;) I try not to get sucked into the stats addiction. :) Sometimes it’s hard, though. Of course WordPress wants us all to post often. But we shouldn’t try to do so much that we end up burning out. So stick to your own pace and what you want to post about. Frankly, as a reader, I can’t really keep up with people who post every day. I like fewer posts where it’s easier to leave better comments.

      We’ll see what ideas I can come up with this summer. :)

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  3. This is wonderful, JM, congratulations! You are doing extremely well with your blog and I think that you should write about the things that interest you, which you enjoy. :)

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    • Thanks, Katy. :) That’s the best blogging advice there is. I couldn’t post things that really don’t interest or entertain me. It would be too much like work instead of fun! I wish I was as multitalented as you — there would be so many ideas for posts! :)

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      • I’m not sure about that… I’m constantly wondering if my randomness will keep people interested! :) Thank you. I am just enjoying being creative. :)

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  4. You have had some great quality posts. Keep up the good work. Which is a better quote?; “Archaeologists Get The Point” or “Archaeologists Do It In The Dirt”. Forget both of them, my sense of humor is quite warped. Bottom line. I also am looking for #200 from you. Wally

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    • Thanks, Wally. :) In my neck of the woods, it was “in the field.” But any old colleagues and fellow students don’t need to worry—I wouldn’t incorporate any of those stories into my books. :)

      I can’t think about #200—I’d get writer’s block worrying what 101 to 199 would be about!

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  5. What an achievement, JM – you’re right to celebrate it! (It’s actually very inspiring to hear a writer speak about the difficulties of maintaining enthusiasm and relevance, so thank you for that insight too.) Keep up the good work!

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    • Thanks, WG :) Like a lot of writers, I suffer serious self-doubt about my abilities and talents. I don’t know if I could keep up the efforts without this wonderfully supportive corner of the blogosphere! We’ll see what I can come up with over the next 100 posts…. :)

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  6. Wow! 10,000 views. That’s incredible. I’m not quite there yet, and I feel the drop in views for the past month also. I am blaming it on summer and not my content :)

    I love your blog, and I always look forward to Tuesdays and Saturdays because I know you’re posting. I enjoy the range of posts you write and I really appreciate your dedication to give back to all your followers.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend and you have relaxing plans for the 4th :)

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    • Thanks, Kate. :) And yes—that drop-off in views is summer’s fault, not your content’s! Yesterday, I had all of 13 views. It hasn’t been that low since my first few months of blogging. But I see a lot of long-term bloggers saying summer is always slow. Then things pick up again in September. Fingers crossed! :)

      I’m trying something new in next Saturday’s post, so we’ll see how that goes over. It’s a bit unnerving to do that—we never know if the experiment will take off or fall flat. Either way, I’ll learn something from it.

      Weekend plans are to try to stay cool — we hit 100 yesterday and we’re supposed to be in the upper 90s today and tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get a few more scene revisions done on Maddie and Jack’s story. I’ve got some new ones written, and I hope I can send you an initial revised draft later in July!

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      • Great, looking forward to your revisions. I think about Maddie and Jack sometimes when I’m off doing something like washing the dishes. So, obviously you wrote a book that resonated with me and I care about the characters enough to think about them off-duty, lol.

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        • Well, that’s a great sign, thank you! :) They’re happy to hear that. (But they’re not happy I’m spending some time with the other book…. ;) )

          Ally and Ben keep popping up in my head, too. I hope that means you’re making progress on the final polishes and will be querying their story soon!

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  7. Congrats on the milestone. I always enjoy stopping by your blog to pick up words of whim or wisdom. Your beta-reader series was terrific. Happy blogging!

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    • Thanks, Christy. :) A million more? At two posts a week? I need to live forever! :)

      The nice book deal sounds great, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m happy with e-publishing, too. :) And now, back to work on those books for me! :)

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  8. Yes, I second the idea of a party at your house to celebrate! ; )

    Congratulations! I always enjoy your posts, whether they are writing or archaeology-related. Here’s to 100 more!

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    • Thanks, Anne. :) Virtual food and drinks are on the house. :D There’s definitely more writing and archaeology in store, and hopefully some new things, too. Gotta keep things fresh for those next 100!

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  9. I firmly believe there is a June Gloom and a summer slowdown in the blogosphere. ;) My numbers always dive in June/July/August. And I’ve been blogging for 3 years now. Congrats on the 100th post. And bravo for knowing what you can manage and sticking to your blogging schedule! :)

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    • Thanks, Kourtney. :) It’s painful to see the numbers on some of my non-posting days this month. But when even established bloggers like you have drops, I don’t feel so bad. :) If I get any ideas for really good posts, I’ll probably save them for fall when the audience increases!

      Eight months in, I think I’m comfortable with two posts per week. And I am trying to follow the advice to be consistent with the days. :) Even if I can’t keep up with some of the other advice about social media, I can handle scheduling. ;)

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  10. I’m glad you know what you’re talking about (at least according to robots). Congrats on this mile marker; it’s a big one! Sorry I’ve been sporadic at looking at posts. I’ve only managed one day at home in the last week and a half. Sigh. “There’s no place like home.”

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    • Thanks, Char. :) Don’t worry about hitting all the posts—I can’t spend as much time as I would like with yours and other bloggers’, either. Somehow summer gets busy with so many things to see and do. And can you believe the Fourth of July is Wednesday? How can we be halfway through the year already?! I wish we could add a “free” day to everyone’s week where we all get to do whatever we want. Sigh. Maybe in retirement. :)

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  11. I am one of those strange people who do post every day. I am not certain whether you should be happier about the 100 or the eight months. I have a way to go on that one (I have done 5). Just keep us (me) informed about the book(s) status(es) as I would enjoy purchasing and reading, at least, one of them. Love science fiction / loved time travel.
    Scott

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    • Thanks, Scott. :) I will indeed keep you up-to-date on the books. In fact, next Saturday’s post will be about one of them, and I hope I’ll get some reader insights…. :)

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    • Thanks, Reno. :) One of the best things about blogging is the great people like you that I’ve met on this journey. And another round of Poetic Archaeology is on tap for Tuesday. A little shorter post given how close we are to the Fourth of July. :)

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      • Look forward and thanks for that “great people” comment. It really blows me away to be here with so many bright, astute, ambitious souls. There is a lot that is contagious in this community, I use it like steps to climb on and up. Thank you!!

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        • This blogging community is such a refreshing change from so much that we see on the news. It’s a good reminder that not everyone is greedy or a psychopath!

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  12. Yay for you and your blog! I thoroughly enjoy reading what you have to say and am so glad that you are one of my favorite writing friends online. Here’s a toast to you for staying the course!! :) xoxox Jeannie

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    • Thanks, Jeannie. :) That is so sweet of you to say! I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my posts as much as I do yours. And I hope you’re staying safe. Those western fires look horrific on the news.

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      • We don’t have any fires where we are BUT the fire danger is so high we have fire bans out. The Forest Service said our chance of ignition is over 90% so keep your fingers crossed nothing happens. Many of us are going ahead and packing an emergency bag and getting our home inventories in order just in case.

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    • Aw, gosh, thanks, Susie. :) I’ve got some ideas for future posts to hopefully keep things fresh without losing some old favorites. :) Loved your house-hunting post—seriously, I think you could turn it into a TV series!

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  13. Hey, JM… I was reading over some recent Writer Unboxed posts, and I thought you might be interested in this one, if you haven’t seen it already… it’s about what to do after you get notes from a beta reader: http://writerunboxed.com/2012/06/26/how-to-tackle-critique-notes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

    Shoot. Well, you can just search for: “How to Tackel Critique Notes” on the Writer Unboxed blog. Quite good.

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    • Just checked it out, and it’s good advice. I keep meaning to add helpful links to the beta reading page, and this is a good place to start. Thanks, Anne! :D

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