“Go to your stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them and write about it.”
1. “Home Page/Archives,” 3,436 views
I’m reluctant to use the first example because it’s too inclusive. My first few posts from last year would probably elicit the, (“Who wrote this crap?”), response. However, I would suggest perusal of two early posts, “Widgets” and “The One Thing Leads to Another Rule.”
2. “Off the Grid,” 858 views
This story about homelessness, told in poetic form, took on a life of its own. The characters, Alonzo and Pamela, represented what could happen to anyone under the same circumstances.
3. “Black Dragon Rose,” 475 views
“Black Dragon Rose” sprang to life after viewing a picture of an exotic tea rose. The question I asked myself–what was the true essence of intrigue?
4. “About,” 241 views
My continuing goal is to follow the ideals spelled out in my “mission statement.”
5. “One Soldier’s Story (Dad’s WWII Letters),” 128 views
This was the first installment of My father’s WWII story, told in letters written to his parents. For those that took the time to read through some of these long posts, there was a clear picture of one family’s emotional upheaval during wartime. I did historical research to fill in some of the gaps. WWII GI’s weren’t always talkative about war experiences. I’ve yet to meet anyone that loves war. The sacrifices of veterans, made our present day world safer, and should not be taken for granted.
I find the most fulfillment in storytelling–whether in poetry or prose. I use stats as guidelines only. If I like a post, that doesn’t guarantee that anyone else will like it. My most popular posts went beyond my normal comfort zones. Perhaps, that’s the connection? Posts two through five were about vastly different subjects. The second post, “Off the Grid,” was my furthest trek off the beaten path. Collectively, these efforts could best be described, as “Life in a Blender.”