This here blog began in January and has meandered on ever since. In what I hope is a relatively bullshit free manner, I followed the hand-me-down advice that having a regular blog would help to establish my presence on the web (which, until this year, was not something I had actively pursued) and that this would help me to sell copies of my book. There is an awful lot of hand-me-down advice just a Google search away, and I’m not sure that any of it is particularly trustworthy, or even that coherent at times. But some things just have to be tried.
At first there were not a lot of ‘hits’ – still less than 200 when Wilful Misunderstandings got published on April 1st. Recently there have been a lot more and now it’s well over 1000. Still not a deluge. And of course, amongst those there will be many who linger for a few seconds and move on. Nor can I distinguish which of them are return visits and which first timers. Google+ provides me with some statistics, but they tend not to tell me stuff I’d most like to know.
I know a couple of people who have been kind enough to tell me that they read this blog on a regular or semi-regular basis. That’s the limit of the feedback I’ve had so far.
Apparently I should be building up my ‘followers’ – but that implies that I’m attempting to lead them somewhere, and frankly I don’t fancy leading anyone anywhere. What would I do with them when we got there? So, readers, rest assured that I shall make no attempt to recruit you in any way. Okay, I shall attempt to gently cajole anyone who hasn’t yet done so into buying a copy of Wilful Misunderstandings (because, let’s face it, your life is incomplete without it), but that’s as far as it goes.
What I would enjoy greatly would be to hear from anyone who does read this blog. It would be really interesting to know whether the content I put into it (often rather randomly) is proving entertaining and/or at least occasionally thought provoking. Is the mix of content about right, or would readers like to see more or less of certain things? What have been the highlights so far? And, dare I ask, the lowlights?
There appears to be a box at the end of each entry where you can post comments. Do feel free to use it, or if you’d prefer send me a message through G+. It would be lovely to hear from you. Opinions, if they emerge, my well conflict, of course. But all suggestions will be considered and some of them will be acted upon.
Over to you.
In the meantime, here’s a pretty picture.