The end of the year is the perfect moment to have a look at how our endeavours are fairing, and since this blog is one of my chief endeavours, I thought I should have a look at how it’s doing.
It had never occurred to me so far, you know, to have a look at Google Analytics and celebrate the posts that are doing better. Since this is the first time I’m doing it, I had a look at the posts that are doing better, regardless of when they were published, so you’ll find both posts from this year and past years.
This is a post from last year, which I wrote in preparation of NaNoWriMo. There is always a debate over the month leading to NaNo, whether it is better to plan it or to pants it, and so whether planners fair better or pantsers.
All of us writers are a bit of both, I lelieve. It is certainly true of myself, with one or the other personality taking over depending on the stage of the process I find myself in. I need to plan a story to start writing it, but then I let my panster personality take over, to the point my plans are often completely rewritten.
Here are some of the resources I use to get reading to be an effective pantser.
This wasn’t a surprise. Maybe it’s because this post appears on the frontpage. Maybe it’s because the subject is one of particular interest. Anyway I knew before checking the stats this was one of my most visited posts. Always been since I posted it last Saint Valentine Day.
This is one of my favourite topics. How young people felt about themselves and behaved in response to it is so similar to what young people do today. But the reasons why they do it’s not the same.
I also feel that there is a lot of misunderstanding on how and why flappers had a certain attitude. As I’ve often seen, a lot of people (both readers and – unfortunately – authors too) give flappers reasons that don’t belong to the world of 100 years ago. That’s a complete miss on our parts. Understanding the true reasons why something happened 100 years ago can tell us a lot more about ourselves today than forcing our reasons over characters of 100 years ago will ever do.
This wasn’t a surprise either. This is an interview I made with author Margaret Verble a couple of years ago, when her book Maud’s Line came out. But it picked last year when the book shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, this post has received visits almost daily and I discovered that it ranks even better than Margaret’s own page!
I had a lovely correspondence with Margaret in that period, both while reading the book, afterward as we discussed my impressions and her reasons and then as we devised the interview. She’s a lovely woman and it was a pleasure to ‘meet’ her, if only on the internet.
This was a surprise instead. It is one of my oldest posts. I do know that it is often hit, if not regularly, but I can’t figure out why this is so popular. I suppose Sherman Alexie is popular enough.
This is one of the articles I posted on my first March of blogging, when I celebrated my birthday by celebrating one of my favourite authors. This particular post is my take at the film Smoke Signals, with references and parallels to the short stories that inspired it.
To me, this is a true compendium to Alexie’s idea of what stories are and should be about. Took me a lot of time and thinking to write, because some things I discovered while writing and trying to make sense of the plot and characters. It was a fascinating journey.
This is part of my first AtoZ Challenge (The Roaring Twenties) and it’s popularity is a mystery to me. I knew it was one of my most hit posts, but I didn’t it expect to be in the top 10.
It isn’t a particularly in-depth article (that year I was trying to stay inside the recommended 500 words). There’d be lots more to say about this topic. I wonder whether the subject (race, discrimination, and still the possibility to meet in a ‘neutral’ space) is what attracts most readers.
It may also be that not much of the info in here are available online. I certainly didn’t rely on online resources to write this article, but rather on book resources.
I don’t know what happened to this post last January when I posted it, but it became crazy popular. For a couple of weeks, I had a massive number of visits. I still didn’t expect it to be in the top 10, I hadn’t realise it had been this crazy popular.
But I’m happy, because it’s a story of my own town Verona, but also a story belonging to all of humanity. I had the possibility to hear with my own ears this survivor of Mauthausen speak and I’m so grateful I had this opportunity. It was such an emotional and meaningful experience.
And I’m happy because I can offer my tiny help to pass down a memory we must never forget.
This belongs to my The New Woman’s New Look series and I’m very proud to see it in the top 10. That was a very popular series on my blog and I had a lot of fun writing it.
Once again, this series tries to explore 1920s women’s circumstances without trying to transform them into us. The 1920s is a particularly interesting time with regard to women’s life and feelings. This is the time when so many things we now take for granted first appeared and were accepted. Make-up is one of these things.
I’s fascinated how so many products we use everyday first became available. How both women who used them and the society that criticized those women received them. Many things I didn’t expect, but made a lot of sense once I dug a little bit.
This series helped me understand where we come from as women of today… and it isn’t always the place we would expect.
I love sharing quotes. True, sometimes they may be misleading when taken out of context, but most of times they are so poignant and meaningful that may truly inspire us.
This from Nelson Mandela is one such quote.
Another post from The New Woman’s New Look series. This was a fun one because it explore something that may sound very much like it is today but it’s in fact a very different matter.
This post in particular explores the ways women started to think about their own body and how they started to ‘use’ it with more awareness. It addresses the matter of sex-appeal and seduction and many of the behaviours explored here reflects what we now do today. But the reasons why they happened in the 1920s are quite different from similar behavious today.
I was particularly interested in the reasons why the androgen flapper look was considered attractive by men. In fact here resides my entire idea for the series that the flapper’s look was far from being a fashion matter.
What about you? Is there a post you liked this year but you don’t see here? I’d love to hear about it.