2011 was a good blogging year for me. My readership showed a decent growth for the year. A lot of the visitors to my blog are what I call “homework help seekers”. They are welcome but it is the people who read and comment on your posts that really matter.
|Mr C is Very Excited Over The Blog Plans for 2012!|
I hosted two reading events in 2011. In March 2011 I hosted for the first time Irish Short Stories Week. I was very happy with the results of it. 53 stories were posted on by great readers from all over the world. This event will repeat in March 2012, in conjunction with St Patrick’s Day. In August I cohosted the second Indonesian Short Stories Week. My co-host for this event was Novroz from Jakarta. This is a much lesser known literary area so there were fewer participants but there were a lot of great posts and I still have readers from Indonesia and elsewhere coming to my blog to read posts on Indonesian short stories. I plan to co-host this again in August around the time of Indonesian Independence Day.
I participated in events focusing on literature from Germany, Brazil, Ghana and Nigeria. I also participated in a very interesting event on Transcendentalism. I like to see these kind of horizon expanding events. The only reading challenge I actively participated in was The Japanese Literature Five Challenge. I passively participated in five or six others. I joined in a read along on Oliver Twist. I also posted on all five of the short stories for the Caine Prize For African Literature at the request of the publisher for the event. My guess is I will do this again in 2012 toward mid-year. I ended up being part of a group of bloggers posting and dialoguing on the stories. The stories were not the very best but it was a good learning process.
In 2011 I have seen a big increase in offers of free books for potential review. Some of these free books have been totally wonderful, some I did not get past the first page or two and some were probably great I just did not have time to read a book by a new to me author. I will always be happy to get free books. Any book I accept I will take a genuine look at. I basically will only accept E books from now on as I prefer E-Reading. My wife has also said something about too many books taking over the place!
To the wonderful so supportive people who comment on my posts all I can say is
My blog is very important to me. I really hope to keep blogging the rest of my life.
There will be another post on my blogging and reading plans for 2012.
My quite brilliant cousin S has been a huge help with editing suggestions.