November 2018 Month-in-Review

Another month, another month in review!  We enter that time of year where things wind down, our tolerance for Christmas music and our gratitude already expended for the year.  Or at least it should.  I have a major work project that I need to finish by mid-February that will heavily effect my reading, my blogging, and my ability to relax over the next two months.

Why I remain very busy, and my reading remains way off—I only finished two books in November!—it was a great blog month.  November was my best month ever for blog views at Hillbilly Highways by a wide margin, and it was my second best month ever at Every Day Should Be Tuesday.  Gratifyingly, much of the traffic was driven by a handful of really strong posts rather than just search traffic spikes (even if those posts were boosted by outside links or Facebook promotion).

I am feeling better about Hillbilly Highways.  It continues to do significantly better than Every Day Should Be Tuesday did at the equivalent time in its blog life, although I am promoting Hillbilly Highways much harder (including with Facebook ads).  I do need to continue to think about how I manage maintaining both blogs in the sliver of time left after work and family are done with me (and, uh, Spider-Man for the PS4).

I plan to work straight through the break, but I do want to get a lot of reading done.  A lot of that will be for work.  Otherwise, I particularly want to finish off books that are currently in progress.  In Christmas breaks past, I have used the extra reading time to read full trilogies (last year was Mistborn).  I may do that again.  I also need to decide what I am going to read for Vintage Science Fiction Month and start my reading (in addition to Alec Nevala-Lee’s fascinating history of John W. Campbell’s editorship of Astounding, which I am reading now).

Someone else has been slacking on her reading

 

Reviews

 

Top 5 Posts at Every Day Should Be Tuesday

 

Top 5 Posts at Hillbilly Highways

 

Books acquired

 

Books started

 

Books finished

  • A Place For War by Daniel Humphreys
  • She by H. Rider Haggard

 

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About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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6 Responses to November 2018 Month-in-Review

  1. pcbushi says:

    Well done.

    My BushiSFF blog is also doing better than PCBushi was at a corresponding point in time. I imagine a big part of it is being more seasoned and having an established internet presence already.

    And is that a teething face I see your little one making?

    • H.P. says:

      She has had her two bottom teeth for weeks. She goes through occasional multi-day bouts of fussiness (relatively speaking), and we always suspect teething, but no more teeth have arrived.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I was turned on to both this blog and PCBushi’s by Castalia House’ Sensor Sweep. I don’t comment as much as some but I have enjoyed reading both.

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  3. H.P. says:

    Reblogged this on Hillbilly Highways and commented:

    Check out my November month-in-review to learn the five most popular posts at Hillbilly Highways for the month and to see what I’m reading!

    Like

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