Thursday, September 6, 2012

Behind the Screen (23)

Happy Thursday!



Yay! It's Thursday and I can't wait to see what the stats and numbers are showing, because I haven't really taken a look for long time! From the end of July to be exact.
Besides that, let's see what I've been up to.

First of all, I am back after summer time to do some more serious blogging. It was nice to change the focus for a while and it has given me lots of energy to give back  - to my blog and to my audience.

News:

Last year in November-December I was running a Holiday Short Story Contest. Guess what? I am already planning the second annual contest! Preparing the rules and it will be launched again in November. This year I have longer time to plan it, because last year I got the idea in November and there wasn't much time to think it through. But it was successful anyway, especially thinking of very short notice time. I want to get the word out earlier for the authors, so they would have more time. The prizes are getting bigger as well. :) Looking very much forward to it!


While blogging:

There was a period during the summer and until August, where I did not accept any review copies. It was partially due to many books received during BEA2012 and also because the long list of books what I wanted to buy, read and review myself. Now, I am accepting review copies again. That does not mean, that I will accept all the review requests I am getting, but it's still nice to be able to say yes to some authors who are reaching me. I still have quite long list of review books that I haven't even started reading yet.

Anyway, I have done a lot behind the screen during the last two weeks. I have updated Book and Blog Tours page and Giveaway page bringing them up to date. Regarding giveaways, I still need to update future and upcoming giveaway hops on the sidebar. September and October will be filled with bigger giveaway hops!

I have been so lucky getting contacts to few good authors whose work I adore. I am working to get couple of interviews organized with them. Can't tell you whom exactly I am talking about yet, but it seems to come exciting autumn and winter and I am looking forward surprising you. The most important thing here is, that these authors have attitudes and personalities bigger than life itself!

Since I am planning to participate in NaNoWriMo in November, there is a lot to prepare for the blog beforehand. I know it's ambitious to have both daily work, blogging, raising my kid alone and now also NaNoWriMo. i really want to do that, and that means that the planning is a keyword and I am counting also lot on my co-blogger Liis to help me with reviews.  Looking forward to it! To all of it!

One thing which is bugging me, is the Review page. I haven't really had time to add all the reviewed books to it, so this is my next bigger project, together with reorganizing my bookshelves. I need to take it step by step, so have patience with me. :)

While reading:

I have read a huge number of books during this summer, mostly because the weather has not been very inviting to go outside - rain, wind, chilly weather. It has served me well though, I have spent my spare time for reading. I won't review all the books I've read, but approximately half of them, all depending on time.

I also requested few books I'd like to read AND review from Netgalley and got them, so it means more entertaining hours of reading.

Bookshelves:

Reading has made me realize, that I need to reorganize my bookshelves. I have so many books on my shelves, so I need to make a structure, otherwise I don't find the books I want or need to read. The idea is also to have at least one shelf only for the books, which I have received/purchased that are on my To-Be-Read and To-Be-Reviewed lists and separate them from the books I have read/reviewed. I simply need a system to make my life easier. By the way, Liis is coming to help me and we have even set the date over a weekend where we will take all the books out from the shelves and then organize them and putting them back to the shelves. I think it will take more than just one day. :)

Facts and numbers:


The most popular post this week has been Back to the Books Giveaway Hop with 1330 page views, the second popular post is Labor Day Blog Hop Giveaway with 185 views. The third popular post is Review of Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett with 78 page views. On the fourth place you will find Taming Talia by Marie-Nicole Ryan - Review and Interview with 59 page hits.

GFC followers is at the moment 2911 and it has increased with +268 since the the end of July. I'm closing to 3000 and that is awesome!! Linky links follower number is 489 with +35 followers, Networked Blogs has 273 followers with increase of +14, Twitter has 2853 followers and has increased with +225. Me and Reading FB page has 2511 likes and this number has increased +190. I will add the increased numbers again next week.

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 1542 hits, the second place goes to Brazil with 154 hits and third place to Estonia with 120 hits and the fourth to Russia with 109 hits.

Last week there were visitors from 43 countries.

Page views all time history shows 161.135 144.302 which means that there is daily average of last week of 400 visits per day.

And that's it for today!

Happy reading!

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