First, I need to thank each and every human who discovered this blog over the last 12-months. Whether you got here by invitation or by accident, the overwhelming kind words, support and feedback are key ingredients moving forward.
The dream of words published beyond my meandering anecdotes here is yet to be realized, but I can safely say, I generated more words here on my stories than any previous year of existence. At the busiest point of my journalism career, I hit up to 15 bylines a week. It is vastly different from the creative side. Some days were editing days only, some days were research only, and then of course, my favorite way to warm up my wordsmith skills happened right here at Lundon Tymes.
By the numbers, I wrote 51 blogs in all. One shy of the one per week goal I set last January. Some of them generated interest long after they hit the ‘net, and others barely caught a first glance. The U.S. of A was the primary source for this year’s audience, but some of you are from far away places. WordPress noted that the United Kingdom had a few curious readers show up here, and the biggest surprise of all to me, was Russia was third in the list of total readers.
My Russian readers trend in when I talk up one my favorite series by George R.R. Martin. It is nice to know we can connect on a sword and sorcery kind of level. Russian readership pushed Canada to fourth place, I will try harder to provide entertaining topics for the Canucks in our studio audience.
Germany, India, Brazil and Australia top out the International readers who visited here in 2015. Which is pretty cool since many writers suggested starting a new blog could be a wasted effort. That the world is burned out on this form of communication. I understand the concern, I only have so many moments in the day to read, and my choices need to be strategic to get the best value out of that time. All things that help the creative process.
The trick is, all of us have limited time to read, write, work or relax, regardless of vocation. So again, anyone who wandered in here, I’m grateful and hopefully the stop was worth your time.
The most read topic was the author info, which is kind of fun. It also might mean I should re-write that and make it more interesting for next year. The second most read piece for the Tymes was the sixth blog I wrote early in the year, If a blog falls in the forest. In essence, I think that one hit a sweet spot for kindred spirits like me who are trying to build an audience from nothing.
Edged out of first place by a couple views, was the semi-controversial Is HBO Winning the Game of Thrones? The answer is of course is yes they are. However, I still contend drift further away from source material too often just to throw in spicy misogynistic elements. I don’t know if my Russian readers agreed with me or not at this point, they are a quiet bunch.
A happy surprise ended up as the third most read topic of 2015, as a simple recollection of one of those days I knew I a storyteller in the making. A little kid telling other little kids how cool a summertime back yard can really be in The First Story.
One my favorites, another youthful memory, A 12-year old Walks into a Bar somehow made the most read blogs of the year as well.
A remembrance of my very cool Dad jumped in the year’s top five, The Letter Jacket – An Ode to Dad was likely helped a lot by family members and the many family friends who also miss the one and only David Lund.
There are a few more topics that made a late push, but I will leave fate to either discover or ignore those. I’ve recovered enough ground at this point. It is time to move forward with the changing calendar.
Another moment to change the writing from a dream to reality, another chance to improve and be a better writer, a better person, husband, father, brother, son or friend.
I was a bit of a recluse in 2015. Outside of family travel and events, the focus was on getting words down on paper or into computer memory. I probably need to get out more, continue to overhear real conversations, observe and report on the weird or unique elements that reflect our humanity.
And thus we’re off to new adventures, new stories, new blog bits and another lap around the sun. Thanks for reading and being, and here are to more joyous Tymes ahead.
Have a very safe and happy New Year!