Blog Notes for September 2011
My notes on my blog are mostly written so I will have a clear idea of the progress or regress of my blog through the time of its existence.
My blog visits in September 2011 are just over 400 percent higher than Sept 2010. I do not know how many GFC followers I had in 2010 but I ended Sept 2011 with 578 GFC followers and 1308 on Twitter.
The most common city of residence for a blog visitor continues to be New Delhi, followed by London. In the USA the most common state of residence is California. On a typical day I get visitors from about 45 countries.
I added the Wibiya tool bar to the bottom of my blog. I have been seeing it on a lot of blogs lately so I decided to try it. You can customize a lot about it. I like the pop up message it allows and the instant translate feature. In addition to Sitemeter that I have used for nearly two years I added StatMeter as a tracking tool. Of the two, StatMeter gives you a great deal more data. Both are free in the basic models.
In September I read some paranormal short stories and plan to read a few more in October. The "big read" of the month for me was The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. I also really enjoyed two wonderful collections of short stories, The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories.
October Reading and Blog Plans
I hope to complete The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In addition to these "big read items"
I hope to read:
- Koroko by Natsume Soseki
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
- The Black Pool by George Sand
- The Longest Journey by E. M. Forster
- The Outcaste by Saadat Manto
- Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
- The English Teacher by R. K. Narayan
- The Steppes by Anton Chekhov
- Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
I have no precise reading plans for short stories other than to read a few more older paranormal short stories and two stories by Gogol for the classics circuit. Short stories are now a very big part of my reading life and of my blog. I hope to post on three new collections of short stories also.
As always I give my greatest thanks to the readers who take the time to comment on my posts.