Serial Fiction: The latest one

I have now concluded my ten-part fiction serial, ‘It Begins’. During this week, I will put it all together in one long post, for those of you who prefer to read it all at once.

As usual, I would like to thank everyone who read it all, and especially those who left the valued comments. Nothing pleases me more than to see people trying to work out what might happen, or having opinions about the characters.

Following on from past serials, it attracted the same number of readers, between 50-70 for each part. That’s fine with me, as I appreciate that sticking with a 1000+ word fiction piece every day is not to everyone’s taste. And most people just don’t have the time to spare either. If anyone didn’t like the story, feel free to tell me that too. I am always interested in your opinions, either way.

I know from previous experience that some readers are interested in how I work out what happens, and get the various characters together in the same place. On this occasion, I diverted from the earlier serials, by having the ending in mind before I started on Part One. I worked ‘backwards’ from the final paragraph, to create the world that Jack lived in, leading up to the conclusion.

I have no idea when the next serial will pop into my head. Meanwhile, I will be working on a ‘Photo-prompt’ short story, inspired by Sue Judd. https://suejudd.com/

Thanks again, and best wishes to you all. Pete.

More Blog Trivia

I know that many of you couldn’t care less about stats, views, or most popular posts. However, such things fascinate me, especially where my own blogs are concerned. Fiddling around with the stats on a wet and dismal Saturday afternoon, I clicked on ‘All Time’, and waited for it to load. It presented me with a list of all posts that have had over 95 views, and the top ten didn’t really hold any surprises. With close to 200,000 views of my blog, these ten qualify as the ‘big hitters’ on beetleypete.

Archives. 49,973.
Whatever Happened To?: Jamiroquai. 3,595.
About Page. 2,247.
Dereham: A Norfolk Town. 1,605.
The Driest County In England. 1,375.
Whatever Happened To?: Jimmy Somerville. 1,349.
Beetley Village. 740.
Beachlands, Pevensey Bay. 665.
Birds Don’t Like Cornflakes. 636.
Ollie: A Dog’s Likes And Dislikes. 557.

Out of 2,155 posts, it seems that the most popular include the whereabouts of former pop stars, descriptions of a Norfolk town and nearby village, and what is the supposedly driest county in England. Many are interested in an unusual Art Deco housing estate in Pevensey Bay, and others are trying to establish if wild birds will eat cornflakes. At least my own biography and photo made it to number three, even if Ollie, the undoubted star of this blog, only scraped in at number ten.

So much for giving my all with short stories, and fictional serials. Hours spent trying to get relevant and informative photographs to entertain the readers. Personal stories of my 22 years as an EMT in London, and raking over the nostalgia of my youth in a very different London. I obviously need to write more about faded musicians, and towns and villages. Give the readers what they really want! 🙂

Some of you are aware that I also have another blog. A political blog called redflagflying.wordpress.com. Quite a few of you follow that one too, and I am grateful for that, as it has never achieved a very wide readership. On a good day, it might get eight views. But I don’t mind, as I don’t post that much on it. Whilst on the topic of stats, I decided to see what was popular on that one too. As it is much smaller, I only list the top five posts.

Archives. 2,102.
About Page. 153.
The Democratic Process. 148.
History Is Bunk. 143.
Goodbye, Postman Pat. 124.

This from just 140 posts, since 2013.

Two very different blogs indeed.

A busy reader

Yesterday was a big day on my blog. I got this notification from WordPress.
‘Your stats are booming! beetleypete is getting lots of traffic’.

So I checked the stats to see what was going on. I had posted a fiction story, and a nostalgia piece about schooldays. Both had received over 60 views, which was of course very pleasing. There was the usual smattering of posts that had been read once or twice, and a note that the Home Page/Archives had been read almost 80 times. That should have tallied up to something like 240 views in a day, very satisfying.

But by the time I was going to bed, the daily figure was just short of 400, and with a lot less ‘visitors’ than the previous day. That meant someone had read a lot of my posts, at least 100 or more. I checked the countries that had visited, and found that the UK was topping the list. So I came to the conclusion that someone in the British Isles had sat and read a huge number of my posts. They do not seem to have left any likes or comments, as all of those were from regular contributors.

This post is therefore by way of a ‘thank you’, to that unknown, and very busy reader. I really appreciate you taking your time to read so many posts on my blog. Please come back whenever you like.

Best wishes, Pete.

Posting By Numbers

I failed to notice that I had tipped over the 2000 posts mark on this blog recently. This one makes 2044. I have been blogging for six years, since my first post in 2012. That averages out to 340 a year, though of course recent years have seen a marked increase in my output.

Having such a huge archive can play tricks with your memory. I have to try to remember to always use my search facility before writing a new draft, in case I have previously posted something very similar on the same subject. A random flick through my old posts will show that I have written about the same films and songs on numerous occasions, albeit for different reasons. Annual themes of weather changes, seasonal events, and Ollie’s adventures always crop up of course, and the only posts that are really original are the fiction pieces, and the Thinking Aloud series.

This blog started out, as for many others, as something of a personal diary. I intended to look back on it much later, and remember what had happened, and what had changed over the years. But it got much bigger than that, becoming a part of my life, rather than a reflection of it. I had never imagined at the start that I would write about Blogging itself. But a quick check on my figures shows that almost a quarter of my posts, 478, are mainly about that.

I never intended to ever publish fiction on this blog. But I later succumbed to the desire to do so, and have since posted 184 original pieces in that category. My lifetime love of film and cinema soon began to transfer to the blog too, becoming one of the categories that attracted a lot of new followers. Posts appearing in that category now number 330.

Almost two years ago, one of my earliest followers dropped off this blog. She had usually commented on most posts, and we sometimes communicated by email outside of the comments threads. I was concerned that she might have been unwell, so sent her an email expressing concern for her absence. She sent a short reply, telling me that she no longer followed my blog. “You post too much, too often, and I can’t keep up”. That was a surprise for me to hear, as I know a lot of bloggers who post five or six times a day, every day. But I thanked her for her previous contributions, and wished her well. I did think about what she had said though, and gave it serious consideration.

But I just couldn’t stop myself. Sorry.

A Blogging Thank You

Late last night, (Wednesday night) I noticed that there had been an unusually large increase in views on my blog. Checking the stats, I could see that both the posts published that day had equal views, and all they and the other posts combined would normally add up to the usual amount of views and visitors I normally see on a average day, which is something around 220 views, and 80 visitors.

But my stats showed only 74 visitors, and close to 400 views. I looked at the posts viewed, and discovered that someone had apparently viewed over 130 of my ‘archive’ posts, without leaving any Likes or comments. That almost doubled my daily stats, and was most welcome.

So, this is by way of thanks to that person. You know who you are, even though I don’t. I appreciate you spending so much time in one day, just reading my blog. I really do. Please come again. 🙂