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I wrote a LOT of posts in December.

Some of it I think I could have paced better so I had more content into 2021, but other bits of it were unplanned. However it was a good month to see what would happen if I posted more than 8-9 times.

December Stats

These were my stats for December 2020. Compared to November, I did a lot better in terms of visitors and likes. I got the most amount of visitors unsurprisingly from the USA and UK, although Malta and India were in 3rd and 4th places.

My most popular post was the re-post I did about the Ama, Japanese female divers. Followed by another re-post of a book review. I’m glad to see my re-posts are getting traffic.

WordPress got me the most views which is nice. I love the WordPress reader and I wish other blogging sites had a similar feature. However, I find it surprising that Facebook actually refers more people to my blog than Twitter does given I’m way more active on Twitter than Facebook where I just post blog posts.

What I Wrote in December

BookCon and BookExpo announce conferences have an uncertain future.

In other book news, the popular book industry conferences, BookCon, BookExpo, and Unbound futures are uncertain after their owner ReedPop cancels their current format for 2021 and going forward. The announcement was made on November 30th which set Book Twitter and other news outlets into a frenzy. To summarize for those with screen readers who…

Blog Posts I read Last Week #4

This week I’m publishing a blog post round-up. I read most of these last week but haven’t quite found a good schedule that works. There are a lot of talented bloggers out there so if you have any posts or blogs you recommend, I’d love to hear more in the comments! Review of Archenemies and…

November 2020 Review + December Forecast

So I had a successful move although I still don’t have a bookcase and therefore have piles of books in the corner of my room. The piles of books make me feel like I need to get more books haha. I’m debating between spending some money practically on things for the new apartment or on…

Japanese Mermaids: Who were the Ama?

This is part of a series exploring Japan while I research the history and culture of Japan for my book series, The Messengers. Feel free to point out any errors or if you have anything to add! There were never very many traditional professions for women in Japan, but one that still continues are the…

Book Review- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Repost)

This is a repost of a book review from my old blog. Please feel free to reach out if you notice any issues. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there…

20 Ways to promote a book or author without buying anything.

I think readers these days- especially when they find a book or author they love, you want to do everything you can to support them. However, I think it’s important to remember that there are other ways to support an author without always having to buy their books. We can do a lot to support…

My Anticipated Books of 2021!

I have included links to the Goodreads pages as well as their pitches for review. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she…

Blog Posts I Read Recently #5

So a lot of these posts are actually going to be from last week or the week before. I forgot to post this earlier. You might have read some of these already, but I enjoyed them so I thought I would share anyways. I apologize the formatting on this is all weird! MY MOST ANTICIPATED…

Who were the Onna-Bugeisha and Onna-Musha?

This is part of a series exploring Japan while I research the history and culture of Japan for my book series, The Messengers. Feel free to point out any errors or if you have anything to add! In my series on famous Japanese women and their roles, I would like to build the defense that…

Book Review: Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll…

Coming in January

I don’t know if I will post as much as I did in December although I would like to post more quality posts rather than quantity posts. I’ll also be focusing more on my own book related content (like historical research posts) and writing posts in 2021.

I have a couple of book reviews planned and am always on the lookout for discussion posts around community topics when appropriate. There is a lot of great discussion that’s much needed around race in publishing right now, however I don’t feel it’s my place to give my opinion on it when there is so many BIPOC who need to be heard first.

I’m hoping to do more interviews on my blog in 2021 and I’ll be inviting some author friends for guest posts when they can.

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