200+ posts, 2000 readers a month, 20000 in the first year from 100 countries - today, welcome Albania (this feels like the Eurovision Song Contest)! I grabbed my glamorous assistant on his way out to the airport this morning, and the pilot picked Magpie's name from the hat - so Magpie if you'd like to email me your snail mail address there's a proof copy of the WKDN workbook on its way to the US.
Thanks to all of you for making WKDN more fun than I ever imagined possible. I was just reading this morning that what really builds a readership is not massive promotion but grass-roots word of mouth recommendation, and this I think is the great thing about the blogging community because that's precisely the model it is built on. This started a year ago with a couple of posts, a couple of comments and has gone from there. Both Natasha who interviewed me at Thursday Sweet Treat and Bryce at Story Hack are very kindly putting up posts today to help spread the word about the WKDN book for War Child, and thank you to all of you who have put up widgets and mentioned the book in your blogs.
It's sink or swim with blogs as with books - if people like what you are writing they will stick around. I hope to keep on coming up with new ways to help you think about your writing (and do tell me if I start repeating myself :) As Mr Maass wrote: 'the best career plan is simple - please readers on a regular basis'. That's all I'm hoping to carry on doing for you. x