This is actually part 2 of my last post, “What’s a Blog?” Which I thought was one of my weaker posts, but I got a surprising amount of positive feedback from it. So I decided to look back and see what my most popular posts were—thanks to the WordPress analytics, which keeps track of such things. Out of the 130 or so posts I’ve put up since Oct. 2015, here are the ten most-read, listed a la David Letterman (I miss him), with the most popular of all time coming in as number 10 in last place (because apparently Word can’t format counting backwards):
- ‘Serious’ fiction: Jan. 22, 2016. One of the few writing-related entries that makes the list, but of all of them, I’m glad this one struck a chord. It was my push-back against the flood of bad genre writing dominating independent publishing and my own rubric for determining the quality of a novel.
- The Bluegrass Pilgrimage, and posts following: April 2016: You guys like it when I travel, and while this series of entries, from my trip to Gethsemani Abbey last year, wasn’t the overall crowd-pleaser, I did have a consistent core of readers following me all the way through. Thanks guys!
- My-baby-is-leaving-town blues, Oct. 14, 2016. Friends and family piled on this one, in which I lamented my daughter’s decision to move to Nashville, Tenn. Where, I’m happy to report, she’s still happy and thriving.
- Dialogue in the Graveyard, June 25, 2016. I have come to dislike this particularly post, which now strikes me as too sentimental and self-indulgent. I would delete it, but people seem to like it, particularly my overseas readers, for reasons I cannot fathom.
- My Rocky Start in Publishing: August 29, 2016. My honest, unvarnished tale of woe in the professional world of publishing, circa late 1990s, won me lots of views, and sympathy, mostly from other writers with similar experiences.
- The Unexpurgated Version: Dec. 23, 2015. Readers apparently found it hilarious that my novel The Novice Master, a mostly chaste novel about a former monk and reluctant mentor, was initially classified by Amazon as ‘Erotica.’ It probably would have done better sales-wise if I left it there.
- What I learned from my insane pre-holiday road trip: December 2016. It was an insane trip. Not always in a good way. Glad you all liked it so much. Or should I say , ‘y’all’?
- Sin City, May 28th 2016: No one could wait for the good Catholic novelist to weigh in on Las Vegas, Nevada. And I still feel guilty about enjoying it far more than I should have…
- For Mothers and others: Happy…day, May 7, 2016. This Mother’s Day post went a little viral, and got shared a bit on Facebook. It was about my own rocky road to motherhood (why everything good in my life has to come out of great suffering and difficulty, I don’t know) and reaching out to other women who cannot or choose not to become mothers.
And finally the all-time top entry:
- Sex in Fiction: Feb. 5, 2016. Oh, you randy readers! You loved my primer on good dirty writing. This is the entry that got me the little gold trophy emoticon from Word Press; I think I picked up most of my followers on this one. But geez, I can’t write about sex all the time! Well, I could…but then I’d have to be classified as Erotica.
So there we go. My readers love travel and sex. They love the personal and sentimental stuff, too. Actually, my readers sound a lot like me! I love all that stuff, too. But mostly writing, which I’ll continue to do until…well, until I don’t, anymore. But not anytime soon.