Monday, September 24, 2012

Posted by Laurel Garver on Monday, September 24, 2012 13 comments
I'm over at Laura Pauling's blog today, talking about "Attraction, Repulsion, Connection: Romance is More than Hotness" and a little about Never Gone's romantic subplot. It's my first blog ramble visit, so please come say hello. Or debate my viewpoint about what makes truly memorable romantic plots (hint: it's not great hair).

Meanwhile, I've signed up for a blog hop for the first time in, er... a pretty darned long time. And because of that I've lost some great opportunities to meet amazing people.

So when I heard about the Follow-Swap Blog Hop, I thought it seemed just the ticket. The purpose of the hop is simply to meet people, read a post they consider one of their best and make new connections. Click on the grid of smileys over in the sidebar for more information.

And if you're joining me from the hop and my link was wonky, I shared one of my "editor-on-call" posts about how to avoid shifting tenses. Yes, I have more recent helpful posts too. Click the "editor-on-call" label.   And thanks for visiting!

Do you even take a peek at your stats, just to see what posts resonate with readers? I quite surprised by the posts that get the most page views: my National Poetry Month spotlight on concrete poems, the photos of my hubby's Dr. Who snowflakes, my deep analyses of Neville Longbottom and Severus Snape, my explanation of why I struggle to write autobiographical work.

Old friends, which of my posts have you enjoyed most? The grammar/useage posts? The deep characterization posts? My analytical posts? My Harry Potter posts? Some other category? 

New friends, what do you look for in blogs you follow?

13 comments:

  1. Laurel, I like all your posts. :) Your writing ones are particularly helpful and always make me think. Hope you have a great day! And fun new picture!

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    1. Thanks Janet. Good to know I've got blog fans who like to have their thinking stimulated. :-)

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  2. True story -- the one post I had 503 hits on was when I did a guest post for a friend. Problem was 492 of those hits were spam for Viagra.

    The other post that keeps on getting hits is one I did of my daughter and I used a pic from Monsters Inc. It's the pic that got the hits, not from anything I said. (Although the story I posted about her was cute.)

    I like your editing posts a lot.

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    1. Hold onto your hat...I've had over 2,100 pageviews of that concrete poetry post. Most are coming from google searches--probably google images. That's probably the case with your Monsters, Inc. post too. No spam comments yet as a result.

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  3. I like posts that make me think about writing or make me laugh, because who doesn't need a laugh. I like your posts on writing as well. Always helpful.

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    1. Yeah, I think it's time for some more humorous grammar posts. Or at least ones with lots of weird example sentences. I always have a blast writing those!

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  4. Thanks for visiting! I've enjoyed the grammar posts! But I enjoy most of them and I'm drawn to people and the bit of themselves they put into their posts.

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    1. Thanks again for hosting me. Great crowd over on your blog--lots of thoughtful responses.

      I know what you mean about personality showing up in posts. I'm sometimes shy about doing that, but your right that blogs like that are the most compelling to read.

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  5. I love your character analysis posts because they give me a new perspective. Then again, all of your posts are quite wonderful :)

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    1. I was surprised to see how widely read my geek-out deep analyses of HP characters are. Makes me wonder if I'm showing up in research papers HS kids are writing. That would be cool.

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  6. P.S. Neville is the first character who made me cry and Snape is my favorite overall. Loved your posts on both.

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    1. I had a feeling Neville would rise from butt of jokes to someone awesome, just based on his name. Snape is wonderfully complex. You need at least one character that layered to keep a seven book series interesting.

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  7. I am so late in posting my comment:(

    My favorite posts are ALL of them. I love any type of blog post that has to do with improving my writing skills, be it grammar, characterization or analyzing!

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