The Internet is forever – but some posts live bigger lives than others

A lot of the time here on the blog we will attack a common problem that writers are experiencing.
How to get reviews. 
How to describe the sound of breaking glass. 
We still haven’t done that breaking glass thing, dammit! If anybody knows, send me a comment.
Anyway, I did not post yet today and I really didn’t post yesterday, but I got a fair amount of traffic to my blog.
I was traveling, and that just didn’t lend itself to getting my posts done. Usually I would schedule them but due to some logistical problems, that’s not what happened. 
The logistical problem was, I didn’t take my computer on vacation with me. On purpose.
So it surprised me when I had a fair amount of traffic on what was essentially a non-posting day, both yesterday and today.
If you look at the pictures below – and I know how you guys hate bar charts! I know. I know! But look at these!

The first one shows that I had a fair amount of traffic. 

The next one shows what topic was being looked at, and the next one 

shows where those eyeballs came from. 
Yesterday, I had a decent number of views, the topic was one I had not posted about in a while, and the eyeballs came from search engines.

Same thing for today. Between StumbleUpon and Google, people are finding my blog post about how to do a text conversation.
Now, why is that significant?
Because apparently nobody knows how to do it, and people are searching to figure out who figured it out. And they are finding me.
Which is to say we should attack some of the common problems we all face as writers and write blog post about them and put those posts out on StumbleUpon and eventually Google will pick it up and refer people to our sites because of it.
I know you all know that, but the question is what would be the posts that would do that?
The ones that help people with a common problem that is hard to solve. 
I have a note to myself to write a blog post about things we have to describe as authors that I haven’t really seen done well anywhere – but I have to do them a lot and I know somebody has already done it!
The sound of breaking glass
What a gun sounds like when it fires – without using the word “bang.”
I’m sure in the 500 or so novels that Mickey Spillane wrote, he figured out ways to do both of those things. Same thing with that guy who writes all those cowboy westerns.
As for me, I need to still figure it out. So I need good examples
But anyway, I guarantee lots of people today are searching for a way to describe the sound of breaking glass or the sound of a gun shot without using the word bang. I know, because I have done both of those things! And I’m not satisfied with any of the information I got from the inter-webs.
So, that’s the deal. If you have a good example/reference, list it. If you can write a good description, list that.
And also, if you want to tackle a common problem that writers face, list that.
If you are the one to solve the problem, we will highlight you here but more importantly the inter-webs will find you and make you a god. 
(If you need to know how to post to StumbleUpon in such a way as to get some volume traffic in return, let me know and I will do a brief blog post about that.)

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

19 thoughts on “The Internet is forever – but some posts live bigger lives than others

  1. Great post, Dan. (I’m a math geek, so graphs and numbers are good.) I opened a StumbleUpon account quite some time ago, but never used it much. The problem with accounts is that you end up spreading yourself too thin. It’s a lot of maintenance time that could be used for writing.

    That said, I was intrigued by your offer to do a post about StumbleUpon. That would be good.

    1. You are like me. I open the account and I stared at it, not having a clue as far as what to do with it.

      It stayed that way for a year or two…

      I only post on stumbleUpon rarely, probably less than once a week since I started a month or two ago. But it’s about quality, not quantity he, and I’ve definitely seen some good results!

  2. The sound of a gun depends somewhat on what type of gun is being used. My in-laws enjoy the occasional stress relief of a rifle shot. When the trigger is first pulled it produces a cracking sound, much like very localized thunder, followed within a heartbeat with a deeper echo that rolls across the landscape in a wave.

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