Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oh, the many roads we take to TKZ

The Internet is a mysterious thing. Take blog traffic, for example. TKZ is blessed with many readers who visit these pages regularly. But every week we also have a couple thousand first-time readers, called "unique visitors" by StatCounter. Many of the unique visitors are referred to the blog by links from other blogs and web sites. Others land at TKZ after they do a key word search in Google.

According to StatCounter, one of the most frequent searches that land people at this blog is "Mistakes made in sex." Hmm. I'm not sure what to make of that. Those searches usually  lead people to Clare's post,  "Top 5 best sex scenes in literature". Thanks for the traffic, Clare!

Another popular search at TKZ is "cordite smell." Those browsers wind up at John's post, "The smell of cordite in the air."
Searches for "Examples of creating an atmosphere in a story" often land on my post, "Thriller writing 101: Creating an atmosphere."

It's interesting to see how Web browsers arrive at TKZ's doorstep. We, of course, do our our best to convert all of those casual browsers into regular readers.

What about you? How did you find TKZ? Is this your first visit, or are you a "regular"? Either way, we love you guys! We really, really do!

22 comments:

  1. I have been writing about my spiritual adventures in India on my blog. Then I wrote a story about me witnessing a sex change surgery in Bangkok. Guess which story gets the most hits. I got to your blog as I wanted to include a thriller element in my next novel. Though I write a different genre, I find your stories helpful to improve my writing skills.

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  2. I'm a regular visitor, though still unique, just like everyone else.

    I found the blog thanks to a referral by you, Kathryn, on Crimespace. I came over, read some previous posts, and added it to my feed. Now I'm a daily reader, though I don't always comment.

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  3. i found tkz after reading james scott bell...as an avid reader, i like to tell someone how much they have enhanced my retirement through their books...and he actually responded...which had never happened before. on the bottom of his email was the click-on thingee for the blog. having never blogged anything, i have enjoyed the site for about 5 months. i have also referred it to my grand-daughter-in-law, as she's interested in writing. she tells me it is very informative. so thank you for all of your efforts. it has brought to light all of the issues on your side of the literary world...ones i was not aware existed. kathy d.

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  4. Sex is still No. 1! Thanks, O. Pantau! Dana, you're right--we're all unique snowflakes. But it's nice to know that Crimespace got you here. Kathy d., thanks so much to you and your for joining our TKZ family, and grand-daughter for joining the family!

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  5. Kathy d, that's wonderful. Thanks for posting and checking in with us. Love having your granddaughter in law, too!

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  6. I cam ehere on the orders of Zliffel the Dark Alien Lord who was brought back from the future by my cousin Leonard on one of his time machine trips (before 'the accident") amd looks very much like a large Roomba vacuum cleaner but talks in a very commanding high frequency squeeky voice, like a steroid enhanced mouse.

    Either that or a link on Joe Konrath's site, that might have been the source too...it's kind of unclear now.

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  7. Zliffel the Dark Alien Lord is a dead ringer for Konrath, so the confusion is understandable, Basil!

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  8. I was blog surfing, going link to link on writers blogs when I found TKZ. I'm not a thriller writer (fantasy is my bag), but I saw James Scott Bell's name and I'd just read and enjoyed 'Plot and Structure' so I took notice and added TKZ to my list of writer's blogs.

    Besides, good writing advice is good writing advice no matter what the genre.

    Lee Reynoldson.

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  9. I've been reading Monica Ferris' Needlework series, found out about her blog "Killer Hobbies", and then went from the link there to TKZ. So I've become a regular. Read it every day, comment occassionally. I enjoy ya'll's insight and information. Keep up the good work.

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  10. I love Killer Hobbies and Monica Ferris too, signlady, and happy that you found us! Lee, we're glad you surfed in and decided to stay!

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  11. I am a regular, average visitor, known only for my regularness and averageness.

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  12. I just read your recap of LCC, Mike, and you're right--it was a great conference! I wish I could have done Jim's walking tour with you guys...

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  13. Ironic somehow that my post on sex gets so much traffic when my books contain very little in the way of sex!

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  14. I've had some very odd google searches listed as ways to my blog too.

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  15. Sheila, my vote for today's best search is "Funnies like has anyone seen Mike Hunt." Fortunately, we were able to supply John G's post,
    "Has anyone seen Mike Hunt."

    We aim to please.

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  16. I arrived after hearing Michelle on a panel at Left Coast Crime and then talking to James and John in the audience. (I had also met James before at the wonderful Men of Mystery event in Orange County.) So I'm a brand-new reader who will turn into a regular!

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  17. It's great to hear all the stories, and that chats at conferences turn into readerships. That's what those venues are all about.

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  18. I read about your site on another blog which included the link. I don't remember which one.

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  19. I've become a regular here (just a day behind on this post). :)

    Found TKZ on James Scott Bell's website. TKZ has become one of my most frequent stops each day because of the excellent writing tips, TKZ authors' personal experiences, and the sense of humor. I can only laugh and imagine a night of campfire conversations with all of you together! ;)

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  20. Brock, we rarely go camping together anymore, mainly because all Miller wants to do is shot at stuff, but we still meet in the back booth at Denny’s in Wichita as needed. Here are more details:

    http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2009/12/conjugating-verbs.html

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  21. But there's a thought, a TKZ camping trip. I suspect it would be an abridged version of 10 little indians. We could start a pool, people could bet on which of us would walk back out alive. (Personally I'm voting for Clare, clearly the dark horse but never underestimate an Aussie...)

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  22. Hi. I regularly visit the Murderati blog. I saw a comment there made by James Scott Bell and then I visited his web site. Then I followed his link to TKZ.

    I had never been here before.
    Good blog!!! Interesting posts.

    I agree that getting to "know" writers by their blogs either leads one to want or not want to read their books. I bought Stephen Jay Schwartz's first book, BOULEVARD, because I had been reading his blog posts on Murderati. GREAT read, btw.

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