Monday, August 1, 2011

Blog Update and News (Your Monthly Newsletter) July Issue

Hello! I am going to try out something new. At the end of every month, I'll post some kind of newsletter of the past month and any news pertaining to the blog. Since this is something new I'm trying, I'd love your feedback and any suggestions! At the end of the year I'll post an extra newsletter that has stats and stuff from the whole year.

Blog News:
Welcome New members:
 Welcome to those who joined in the month of July. New faces are always welcomed.

New Blog Design:
Thank you very much to Qui from Fine and Dandy Blog Designs for the fantastic and beautiful blog design!

Guest Bloggers:
Yes! We have two guest bloggers. Jessika posts on Wedenesdays (Interesting Facts) and Sundays (Historical Information). And Paige who posts on Saturdays (Writing Tips and Topics). To see more information about them, click on the About page where you can also contact me, Peony, with comments, suggestions, and other things.

I'm going on a trip!
Okay, this probably isn't news, but yes I'm going on a trip for two weeks. Don't worry, I'll still be posting on my days but just from a different place. I might even post pictures and tell you about the trip.

I'm sure that some of you noticed that I added an extra Book Review onto Monday. Note that this is just until the school year starts where I won't have as much freetime to read.

Yes! We finally have a facebook page! If you haven't liked it so far, please do so! Remember that you can post suggestions and other stuff on it if you'd like but just remember to keep it clean and safe. No swearing or anything with offensive stuff. I'll try my best to keep it updated with blog posts from here and news or whatever else.

The Word Count Widgets:
Yes, I've posted two word counts for some of the stories I'm working on. If you'd like to learn more about those stories, just ask me. :) I'll update the widgets every 5,000 words.

Resource Tab
Because it's already getting pretty long and so far I've only added books and websites to it, I was wondering if I should add a category for individual pages? I'm not sure if this new category would be organized at all. So what do you think?

Wanted- Writing Ideas and Prompts
My brain isn't great with coming up good ideas, so if you have any writing prompts or ideas you'd like to share, please do so! Or maybe you have a funny story or something random/cool, that works too. Maybe a picture or video?

Stats...because I think you might find these interesting.
These are arranged by top five or top whatever.

Members: 19
Public: 17
private: 2

Post views: 
J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter's New Adventures. = 65 pageviews
Wikipedia and Other User-Created Content.= 40 pageviews
The History and Usage of Codes.- 35 pageviews
Movie review- Chain Reaction= 29 pageviews
In the News- Random Gossip and Why Teachers are Hypocrites. = 25 pageviews

Page Views:
Post Archive= 42
Resources= 39
About the Authors= 32
Writing tips and reviews= 21

Referring Sites:
Google= 251 (Wow!)
Google (India version?)= 28
Some site with a really long URL= 26
Google (UK version)= 26
Google (CA...I'm not sure on this one)= 18

Search Keywords: (Who's going to go search with these now?)
hopefully to have other time to write= 4
most popular favorite colors 2011= 3
pigpen cipher= 3
potential dangers of plagiarism= 3
"carmen webster buxton" review= 2

Page views based on Countries:
United States= 1,120 (Wowers...actually probably that is a lot of myself clicking on things...)
France= 62
United Kingdom= 59
India= 43
Australia= 30

Page views (Browsers):
Chrome= 685 (44%)
Firefox= 269 (17%)
Internet Explorer= 256 (16%)
Safari= 253 (16%)
Mobile Safari 34 (2%)

Pageviews (Operating System):
Windows= 1,125 (73%)
Linux= 121 (7%)
Iphone= 102 (6%)
Macintosh= 91 (5%)
Ipod= 39 (2%)

Post with the most comments:
In  the News- Random Gossip and Why Teachers are Hypocrites. = 11 comments!

Book Reviews: Top 5 Favorites

  1. Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy #1) [by Michelle Zink]
  2. Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy #2) [by Michelle Zink]
  3. Little Blog on the Prairie [by Cathleen Davitt Bell]
  4. Worldshaker [by Richard Harland]
  5. Halo [by Alexandra Adornetto]

So, did you like this blog newsletter? Should I add anything or take something out? What about the stats? Did you like those?



  1. Haha those mobile safaris Are proablay me :D

  2. Lol. :D I think the stats are fun to look at, I especially love seeing the countries and what the seach keywords are.


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