The five most viewed posts in 2012 were all on older short stories from authors of the Philippines. The most searched for author on my blog was R. K. Narayan (I was very proud to see my blog was endorsed by The Economic Times of India for my posts on Narayan) followed by Katherine Mansfield.
I have read blog posts in which people say they do not care about their blog statistics at all. They say they write just for themselves and a few friends. One poster even scoffed at those who check their blog stats regularly. More power to them but it is my goal to grow my readership without degrading my content. I hope to have well over a million visits in 2013 and by the time my Project 196 ends in Sept of 2017 I hope to have five million hits a year, at least. This is all very achievable even if my growth in readership slows down.
I also in 2012 for the first time began to publish short stories. So far I have published 25 stories and I have ten in the queue to be published soon. I also had a number of guests posts on Irish short stories. If anything has priority on my blog it is the Irish short story.
Free Books and other topics.
I like free books! I pretty much only e-read. There are no libraries where I live. Many of the contemporary books I have posted on have been given to me by the authors or the publishers. I am offered enough free books so the offer of another book is not enough to induce me to post a "pushed" review. Free books have caused many blogs to actually close down as bloggers feels overwhelmed, of course a book blogger wants free books but many think they have to post on every book they get and they end up feeling overwhelmed or they post on junk books and they somehow lose their passion for blogging. I am offered many more books that I could ever read or post on. Once I agree to post on a book I will but it might take months. I do look at everything I am sent.
My biggest thanks are to those who have taken the trouble to leave a comment on my posts, those who have done guests posts and those who honored me by allowing me to publish their short stories. I also give my thanks to my quite brilliant cousin in Texas for her wonderful efforts to improve my prose.