Thursday, December 8, 2011

Behind the Screen (13)

Happy Thursday!

Another week gone! It's amazing how quickly days are passing by...

Let's see what has been going on during the week.

While blogging:

As some of you know, my 1000+ Giveaway finished and the winners were announced. It took me couple of hours to draw the winners and send them emails. I even made an Excel file where I can filter by the winner or by the author and that has helped me. I still miss 4 people out of 13 to claim their prizes and after I have heard from them, I will send the information out to the authors. That's another couple of hours of work. But it's fun and I am glad, that I could organize such an event! I have enjoyed it a lot and I am sure that winners will enjoy their books, too.

I am very glad, that there are authors participating at Write a Holiday short Story Contest. Two stories are published already and I know that there are more short stories to come! I am inviting the authors to participate, there is still time until 24th of December. Readers, you are more than welcome to comment the stories.

I still haven't managed to post the challenges for 2012 posts, but I will definitely do that during the weekend. I have picked the ones where I want to participate and looking forward to writing about them.

I have also thought about joining to RAK - Random Act of Kindness in 2012. I have heard and seen only positive words and feedback about the initiative, so I think it's going to be fun to be part of. Hopefully RAK is working internationally.

While reading:

I had a strange experience while reading. There is a book which has been seriously hyped and praised by many bloggers and reviewers, so I decided that I would give it a go. I think I had too high expectations to this books and honestly, I was genuinely disappointed. I have thought about writing a review about this book and I probably will, but so far I can tell you, that this book contained a good story which was written in a way, that I did not feel anything about it! Nothing! I was not drawn to it, I did not feel any sympathy towards the characters. I can tell you, it was so weird for me. It was like reading an empty story. I don't even know if I can explain it properly. The idea of the book was brilliant, but it seemed that it was written without any compassion or bigger feelings. It was totally unconvincing. The author did not convince me -neither way. I can't say that I disliked the book, but I did not like it either.

So now I am thinking how to write the review. I do not have to write a review because it was a book I did not plan to read. At the same time, I think I should be honest and write a honest review, but I know that it will probably disappoint the author and the fans of that specific book.

How to you write a review to a book which had a very interesting perspective, but did not raise anything in me? I am still wondering that maybe the timing for me reading it was wrong.

It is first time when it happens that I finish the book and the only thing what it leaves behind was - Hmmm, what was that?

I will probably write the review anyway... one day.

Facts and numbers:

The most popular post this week has been Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop post with 297 pageviews, the second popular post is Write a Holiday Short Story - Finding The Spirit of Christmas by S.G. rogers with 116 pageviews and on the third place you can find 1000+ Giveaway with 63 pageviews.

GFC followers increased from 1234 to 1304 during last week. +70 followers during the week! That's amazing!

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 1058 hits, the second place goes to Canada with 130 hits and third place to Germany with 109 hits and fourth place to Estonia with 109 page hits.
Last week there were visitors from 41countries.

Page views all time history shows 36.028 33.901. That is +2127 pageviews since last week! That makes an average of 304 daily views. This last number has had a growing trend over several weeks now.

And that is it for today! Happy reading!


  1. RAK is a wonderful feature and yes, it does work internationally (that's what TBD is there for, after all). As it is random you'll never know whether you'll receive a book or not, but overall my personal experience is that some months are better than others ;-) and you get to meet a whole lot of nice people through it!

  2. Glad to see that your numbers are up. I think the work you put into your followers giveaway was phenomenal.
    I have had to do review on books that just did not strike me as enjoyable, but I've still always managed to find something about it that was enjoyable and include that with my analysis of why I did not like a certain aspect.

    Thanks for the share!


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