2019 State of the Blog: Every Day Should Be Tuesday Edition

2018 was, if nothing else, an eventful year.  This blog continued to do well and to keep me busy, I started my second blog over at Hillbilly Highways, I continued to be very busy professionally, and, most eventful of all, our daughter “arrived” (a delicate word, for an arrival not unlike that of a Chestburster, only…lower) in early spring.  She has kept us very busy but adds a level of joy and love to our house that increases by the day.

Traffic continues to grow, with a 63% bump from 2017.  Visitors are up 79%.  Every Day Should Be Tuesday got just under 4x as many views in 2018 as it did in 2016.  I published 131 posts in 2018.  Rather remarkably, this compares to 130 posts in 2017 and 131 posts in 2016.  I have settled into a nice little blogging groove.  But my average words per post, after peaking at 799 in 2018, dropped this year to 524 words per post.

The really big news at Every Day Should Be Tuesday this year was my enormously popular Tolkien 101 series.

(I published a separate State of the Blog for Hillbilly Highways, by the way.)

Reading-wise, on the other hand, I was way off my more usual pace.  By both books and pages read, 2018 was my third-worst reading year since I started using Goodreads to track my reading in 2011.  I did end the year strong by finishing nine books in December.

The longest book I read was Oathbringer and the shortest Mortu and Kyrus in the White City.  Per Goodreads’ stats, the most popular book I read was The Hobbit and the least was The Dragon Hand by Yakov Merkin.

I appreciate that an epic fantasy blockbuster is juxtaposed with an indie book in both cases and that both of the covers on the bottom side feature a dragon.  My average book length went up from 322 to 372.

One place I did well was in restoring some measure of balance to my reading.  (This was one of the very few bookish resolutions I was able to keep.  I will get a separate post up on bookish resolutions later this month.)

The change in balance was driven in part by reading several nonfiction books for Tolkien 101 and even more by the new blog.  One notable change from prior years is that I actually did some rereading this year.  I reread The Lord of the Rings and Dracula, read Be Prepared twice, and reread The Hobbit twice.

So what does 2019 have in store for Every Day Should Be Tuesday?  Between family and work obligations and the new blog, I have to find some way to cut back here.  So don’t expect 130 posts this year.  Tolkien 101 was highly successful, but I didn’t get to every book I wanted to.  I really want to run a Tolkien 102 series, but I’m not sure if I can get to it.  I never did set up the sword and sorcery movie Big Watch I talked about last year.  Since Sling dropped HBO, I don’t know if I will be able to do recaps for the final season of Game of Thrones.  I don’t know that I will get to any of the other blog series I’ve considered.  I will be posting for Vintage Science Fiction Month.

I also have a super-secret project that will eat up an enormous amount of blog resources.  I’m going to keep it under wraps, though, until I’m ready to announce it.

 

December Reviews

 

Top 5 Posts for December

 

Top 10 Posts for 2018

 

Books acquired (December only)

 

Books started (December only)

 

Books finished (December only)

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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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5 Responses to 2019 State of the Blog: Every Day Should Be Tuesday Edition

  1. Bookstooge says:

    You have a LOT going on. I’d honestly be surprised if you get 60 posts this year…

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    • H.P. says:

      If you include the 88 posts at Hillbilly Highways, I actually published 219 blog posts in 2018 (although some of those are dupes). That pace isn’t remotely sustainable. I’m sure I will break 60 posts at each blog though.

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  2. Off The TBR says:

    I’m impressed you got as much done as you did. The kid will eat up a bunch of time but you won’t regret that.

    And I’m very curious about the super secret project…will be watching closely.

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