Every so often, I jump into the archives to see what is and isn't working here at Writers In the Storm. I look closely at the posts that are getting more attention to determine whether we should ask the contributor to continue with a series on a topic or whether there might be a tie-in with a current post. I look to see which posts successfully keep the top spots, year after year. (For example, only a few of the posts below happened in the last 18 months - most are older.)
It's always an interesting journey for me through the blog stats, and it seems like the list always offers me something I needed RIGHT NOW, such as Margie's post on hugs in the top spot below.
Perhaps that will happen for you today as well.
Who Got the Top Spots for 2021?
I removed the posts that get a bump by being included on top blogs or curated lists, and also any pages. But below is a list of the fourteen WITS articles that performed the best this year. I even left the numbers in, just in case those contributors wander on by (so they can bask in their amazingness).
|Fresh Writing Sells: Make Hugs Carry Power - Margie Lawson||6,944|
|Sexual Tension: It's All In Your Head - Susan Squires||6,388|
|Should Your Story Have a Happy Ending? - James Preston||6,124|
|10 Character Traits of an Espionage Hero - Piper Bayard||5,772|
|The Benefits of Writing a Novel "Just for Fun" - Janice Hardy||5,639|
|Evaluating Sexual Tension on the Sentence Level - Angela Quarles||5,624|
|7 Unstoppable YA Plot Ideas to Make your Novel Fabulous - Kris Maze||4,668|
|What Type of Secret Does Your Character Keep? - Angela Ackerman||4,629|
|Book Cover 101: How Much Should a Cover Cost? - Melinda VanLone||3,651|
|Five Tips for Writing Tears that Carry Power - Margie Lawson||3,188|
|Using The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Fiction - Jenny Hansen||3,027|
|Why We Love (and Resent) Alpha Males - Laurie Schnebly Campbell||2,932|
|The Ultimate Writers’ Guide to Twitter Pitch Contests - Carly Watters, Literary Agent||2,892|
|4 Easy Edits That Make Your Story Flow Better - Julie Glover||2,644|
What do these posts have in common?
Except for two outliers -- Janice Hardy's writing life post and Melinda VanLone's article on book covers -- all of these posts are about writing craft.
Another interesting observation is that each post also covers most of the SMART goal spectrum. That means the topics and information in the post are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and anchored within a Time Frame. Basically, these posts offer tips that you can immediately practice and apply to your own work in progress.
I'm just a happy little blogger, but I'm pretty sure that last point is why these posts are "evergreen." After you poke around in the links above, I hope you'll let me know what you decide.
My Thoughts and a Question
I always like posts that make me think about my writing in a new way, teach me something completely new (I'm thinking about Melinda VanLone's book cover posts), or that help me stretch a bit as a writer to develop new skills. I also like posts that get people to share tips in the comments, since there's nothing I like better than an active comment section.
My question to you... What types of posts are your favorite(s), and what new topics would you love to see covered here at WITS? Which of the 14 above is your favorite? Please let me know down in the comments!
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By day, Jenny Hansen provides corporate communications and LinkedIn advice for professional services firms. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction, and short stories. After 20 years as a corporate trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.