I cannot help but notice that one of the latest promotion strategies to win more readers to your blog site is to use your own blog as a base for other authors to write guest posts on.  There seems to be a sudden surge lately in authors inviting fellow scribblers to compose a family friendly blog for their site.  I’m sure it is the way forward to gain more readers, but I have a bit of a warped sense of humour, and my mind has gone into overdrive.  I’ve started to imagine some kind of frantic blog-go-round, where we all send posts off through the ether that we would have written on our own pages, but now they have to appear on somebody else’s blog instead.  Blogs fly in from cyberland, taking up residence where our own posts should be.


While I’m awaiting guest post invites from my cyber friends, this whole scenario has caused me to trundle through my back catalogue and check the content of the most popular blogs I have written over the past year.  I thought it would be a good idea to cut to the chase and find out which type of blog I’d like authors to blog-go-round with on my own WordPress site.

With it so far?  Ha ha!  What I’ve come up with is surprising to say the least, because I’ve found out that readers on the whole aren’t too bothered about who has got a book for sale, or even what their new book is about.  No, my dears, fasten your seat belts on the blog-go-round and have a gander below:

29th Jan 2016 – The chance to win a free critique of their work in the ‘Dear Lucky Agent Competition:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/dear-lucky-agent-contest/

16th Feb 2016 (53 views) – ‘Anodynity’ which focuses on using local slang in your novels: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/anodynity/

9th March 2016 (89 views) – A blog regarding my then new women’s fiction book club: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/new-womens-fiction-book-club/

23rd March 2016 (64 views) – A blog about my new book ‘Repent at Leisure’ (yes I’ve contradicted myself, but never mind – onwards and upwards): https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/cover-reveal-for-repent-at-leisure/

11th April 2016 in the Open Book Blog Hop (47 views) – Lessons we’ve learned while writing, publishing or marketing:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/open-book-blog-hop-11th-april/

4th May 2016 (51 views) – A blog about alternative medicines: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/alternatively/

13th May 2016 (51 views) – A blog regarding ReadFree.ly’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2016 competition: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/readfree-lys-50-best-indie-books-of-2016/

15th May 2016 (42 views) – A blog about my mother’s 92nd birthday: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/two-years-older-than-queen-elizabeth/

17th May 2016 (64 views) – My review of ‘Vatican Intervention’ by Andrew Lee Sullivan: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/review-of-vatican-intervention-by-andrew-lee-sullivan/

25th May 2016 (51 views) – A blog for Haddon Musings’ Senior Salon regarding role reversal:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/haddon-musings-senior-salon-role-reversal/

4th June 2016 (78 views) – Information for authors regarding the PitMad competition: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/info-for-authors-for-june-9th-pitmad/

6th June 2016 (83 views) – I write about a good marketing strategy which I tried on Facebook,  but unfortunately it died through lack of interest:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/a-good-marketing-strategy/

29th June 2016 (62 views) – I write about my first time nerves at attending an author signing event: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/first-time-nerves/

25th July 2016 (55 views) – I write about raising a hyperactive child:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/open-book-blog-hop-25th-july/

3rd August 2016 (47 views) – I write about learning of the past whilst speaking to an elderly resident who lived in my mother’s sheltered housing complex:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/all-change-and-yorkshire-miners/

14th August 2016 (47 views) – All about my first book signing event:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/the-manchester-author-signing-event/

21st August 2016 (47 views) – Promotions tried and tentatively tested:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/promotions-tried-and-tentatively-tested/

22nd August 2016 (42 views) – A blog about where I live ‘Seasons in Suffolk’:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/open-book-blog-hop-22nd-august/

29th August 2016 (44 views) – An excerpt from one of my short stories:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/open-book-blog-hop-29th-august/

7th Sept 2016 (61 views) – A blog about the secret of a long life:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/the-secret-of-a-long-life/

10th October 2016 (38 views) – A travel blog of places I’d like to visit:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/open-book-blog-hop-october-10th/

26th October 2016 (47 views) – A blog about downsizing:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/downsizing/

4th January 2017 (51 views) – A blog regarding the generation gap:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-generation-gap-is-alive-and-kicking/

So you see that the most popular posts seem to be blogs that are about the lives of authors, not about their books.  Therefore in this 2017 blog-go-round if any authors would like to write a funny, heartwarming or poignant post about events in their lives for a guest post on my blog-go-round, then please send it to stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk.  Don’t forget – IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR BOOK, IT’S ABOUT YOU (you’re allowed to add a link to your Amazon author page though)!