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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for Literary Lunchbox.  (I need some helper monkeys at work.)

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

I must admit, I have been amazed at the number of visits my blog has generated, and also taken a bit aback by how many visits Harry Potter is responsible for.   It is nice to see, however, that there are other pages that are also popular.   Most disappointing is the fact that I don’t get many comments – in fact, with 181 blog posts, I have only 148 comments.  I wrote about the lonely life of a blogger here back in 2010.  A lot of bloggers do giveaways to get comments… not ready to go there, seems a little desperate.

I know that book lovers account for lot of Literary Lunchbox drop-ins, especially mystery fans.  Edgar frenzy continues to account for many, many visits in the weeks between the nominee announcements in January and the Edgar ceremony in April – and I must admit, it’s a fun time for me.  2010 was a time of triumph, 2011 abject humiliation – who knows what 2012 will hold?

Facebook, Linked In, She Writes all account for a goodly number of visits – friends, colleagues, other writers follow the link to my blog when I have a new post.  I have several subscribers (Thank you!  Love you!).  But Google is the biggest source, which tells me that when people are out there looking for book reviews, they find me.  Or if they want to read about writing, they find me.  That’s cool.

Comments on comments

Wow.  Letters of Note, a great, interesting, and fun site that posts letters from famous people (both in images of the original and a transcript, since they are often very difficult to read), has turned off the comment feature.

I sent an email to the site proprietor, Shaun Usher, in commiseration.  At the same time, it’s quite a mystery to me – I had Letters of Note pushed to me daily via RSS feed, but not the comments.  So I have no idea what kind of comments Shaun must have received to lead him to post this.

All complaints should be directed towards a section of society to whom the concept of even vaguely civil discussion means nothing. This collective waste of flesh, bone, and dangerously limited brain function have caused me to dread opening each and every “New Comment” notification I’ve received over the past twelve months or so, to the point where I now cannot continue justifying the moderation of these imbecilic, repugnant grunts when it takes up such an inordinate amount of my willpower and, more importantly, time. 

The site is amusing, heart-tugging, interesting and educational in turns and sometimes all at once.  I imagine it attracts an older readership, fairly literate.  So is this just random, stupid-jerk spamming?  I hope so.  I hate to envision the 60-ish New York Times reader, bifocals sliding down his nose, gleefully spewing invective all over the carefully curated and thoughtfully introduced content of Letters of Note.

A sad day indeed.