Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Sifting through the stats for nuggets of insight
It's always fun, and occasionally instructive, to analyze how new readers find their way to TKZ. So yesterday I took a quick look at the blog's system stats. Here are some of the key word searches that brought people to the blog:
Rhino, rhino skin: Searches for rhinos take readers to Jim Bell's Rhino Skin, which contains good advice for writers who need to develop a thicker hide as a survival tactic.
Best written sex scenes: This search phrase has got to be our all-time winner for drawing new readers to the blog. It usually lands on Clare's post, The Top 5 mistakes made in sex scenes. Written in '09, it's the post that keeps on giving.
Semi Colon: This search lands on Jim's The Great Semi Colon Debate. If your page has a semi colon stuck in its craw and you want to vent about it, this is your post.
Formula for writing a best seller: Those in search of a magic formula for best sellerdom will undoubtedly be disappointed to read there's no such thing in a post I wrote a while back, How to write a best seller.
Book revolution: This search lands on any number of field reports about the rapidly changing publishing industrY.
Overall, the search stats for TKZ reveal that readers find us because they're serious about their writing craft, and they're looking for insights on the journey toward becoming a better writer. From the number of repeat visitors we get here at TKZ, and the blog's overall growth over the years, I can surmise that we're providing some discussion that's useful. The Zoners of TKZ pledge to continue doing our best to engage readers and continue the conversation in 2013.
And now I'd like to hear from you. Are there any particular topics or voices you'd like to hear discussed this year at TKZ?
Posted by Kathryn Lilley at 6:44 AM