A very hearty “thank you” to all the elite followers and A-to-Z Challenge visitors who stopped by to visit Can I Take A Nap First? this month. As last year, I met some great new bloggers, too. What an amazing, creative bunch!
I had a terrific time this month and learned that creative work can be sustained daily. It may be little-by-little, but I found inspiration in new outlets and more importantly, found ways to keep my butt in the chair to write. I started cobbling my posts together back in January (including a horrible night when all my drafts from A to F were lost with an errant key stroke) and started scheduling them a week ahead of time. Something went wonky in WordPress though and a few post titles that tweeted out did not match the published post ~ an old WIP title would appear so a few of you got a little surprise if you came to the site via the Twitterverse.
As usual, when you have a day job it is hard to maintain your timely posts, keep up with the encouraging comments and go out visiting the 1000+ A2Z listed blogs. I learned that the sweet spot for my reading eyes was between 300 -500 words. So if you were a poet I really dug your stuff. And it made me focus my flash on the 500 word ceiling, too. I also need to pay attention to those blog category tags. I wandered over to some “AC” sites and, well, let’s just say that maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick or two. Let’s not forget the minions who took on the task of visiting and monitoring all those links for the month. I don’t know when they slept.
* Can I Take A Nap First? had exactly 600 views in April which was a 25% increase over the month LY.
* The most active day was April 25 which was the letter “V” and included vampires. That’s just a “fun fact.”
* 504 views came from the USA but Australia (22 views) and Japan (20 views) made an impression.
* I was intrigued by the various search terms that showed up:
“take a nap incorrect grammar” scared me a little bit, but I liked “piss and vinegar gene” and “haikus about taking a nap”
So we turn the calendar to a new month, and I just may keep flash fiction as the focus going forward. Who knows where it will lead us?