So with Nanowrimo a mere 24 days away, and Manchester's gig season about to kick until full swing, I can see this being a very blog-post-light two months. Unless terror and writer's block drives me away from my approaching novel and into the hands of any other possible writing project. As such This Is Where The Voices Go might shine out the darkness for once like the a welcome distraction, rather than tugging at my sleeve like a malnourished child.
That said, September proved to be the "best" month for the blog. I say that tentatively because that's a measure of page views. I can't get behind that as any really estimation of merit, because I don't know how those views went down. Did people turn up just to find themselves suitably pissed off? Is that just as good as pleasing someone else? In quieter months have smaller articles produced better responses, just with less views?
I've had some face-to-face feedback, and it's generally been good, but always seems to refer to just one section of the blog, making me wonder how and if this represents the wider view, and whether I should pander to the crowd or just keeping screaming whatever I want at the darkness.
For example, the posts on Miquita Oliver and Michael Jackson drew a lot of attention, but both could be easily (and wrongly) interpreted as celebrity-bashing. If this is what's popular and what I'm good at, perhaps I should focus more attention on others who I barely tolerate or have contentious opinions about. Popularity of those icons certainly seems to help the daily views tick over. That and soul-destroying levels of flagrant self-promotion.
Well I've always said writing about writing is one of the laziest things one can do, so will put a pin in the self-reflection for now and get on with things. There's a 32-page "Ideas File" that needs attacking...