Friday, March 4, 2016

Celebrate: 200K Page Views & Giveaways!


I'm celebrating:
1)  Today or tomorrow, my blog will hit 200,000 page views! I've been watching the numbers climb on the Blogger "Total Pageviews" counter on my left sidebar all week, and I'm pretty excited! The total leaped up this week because I've been plugging my Cover Poll on blog hops, FB, and Twitter and have a lot of additional hits, about 700 (even though only about 80 of them have officially voted).
2) The dentist didn't have to pull my tooth. Yay! I'll be getting a crown. It's a lot more expensive but a lot less painful. 
3) My Cover Poll is doing well. According to SurveyMonkey stats, 82 wonderful people have voted so far, and many have also offered encouraging words and helpful suggestions in the comments. I plan to announce the winner and put up screenshots of the SurveyMonkey totals next Friday, Mar 11.

** If you haven't seen the book covers or voted yet, 
go to the link below! **


Do you keep track of your blog's page/post views, and look curiously at where they're from? Are most of the hits from your home country or others?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



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** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for Mar 4, 2016:

Free YA Thriller/Alternate-Reality/SciFi – Win Burning Midnight by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh, set on a dystopian Earth about two poor teens who find a rare magical sphere and a millionaire who’ll stop at nothing to get it for himself. Giveaway via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends Mar 9)


Free YA Fantasy Novel – Win Thief of Lies (a Library Jumpers novel) by Brenda Drake about a girl who jumps between libraries, across time, and into other words to save a boy from an evil wizard. Enter the giveaway via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (ends Mar 15)


Free YA SciFi/Dystopian Adventure, $20 Amazon Gift Card, and Swag Packs – Win Flashfall by Jenny Moyer about two mine workers who find the leaders of their world have been lying to everyone, and a $20 Amazon Card, and swag packs. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog.  (ends Mar 10)


Free Signed Crime/Thriller Paperback and Silver Necklace - To celebrate the release of Beautiful Masterpiece (Crime/Thriller) by Gen Ryan, she’s giving away a signed paperback copy of the book and a silver pendent necklace via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 8)


Free Historical/Paranormal Hardback & $10 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the release of The Black Lotus (Historical/Paranormal) by Claire Warner, she’s giving away a hardback copy of the book and a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 20)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card - To celebrate the release of Desire in Frost (YA Thriller/Mystery) by Alicia Rades, she’s giving away a $20 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 27)


Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Big Mike and Minnie On the Run (comedy romance) by Susan Amanda Kelly, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. Few entries = Good chance to win! (ends Mar 25)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

44 comments:

T.F. Walsh said...

Wow... that is super exciting and impressive. Congrats on the page views and on getting so many great votes for your cover. I can't wait to see the overall winner:)

Suzanne Furness said...

That's exciting news.I do sometimes like to check out the stats and see what's happening. Glad your tooth doesn't have to come out and is less painful.

Kate Larkindale said...

I'm pretty hopeless at looking at my stats. I spend some of my work time looking at analytics for the various websites and social media streams I manage and I tend to forget about checking my own. I do know the vast majority of my hits are not from New Zealand though... Mainly the USA.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! And glad you're getting so many votes on your covers.
I hit a milestone recently with page views and completely missed it since I don't pay attention.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome about your page views for your blog and so important to celebrate those milestones. Glad you got your tooth pulled and are feeling better.

JeffO said...

And to think I got excited when my blog hit 50,000 pageviews back in January! Congrats on that, and good for you, I think, on the tooth thing.

I do look at my stats, of course. Most of my visitors are from the good old US of A, though I periodically get spikes in traffic from unexpected places like Latvia and Ukraine. Have a great weekend!

Linda Kay said...

I forget to look at the blog poll now that I have been online for a while. I do love to read the comments, however. Congrats, that's a lot of reads!

Catherine Stine said...

Congrats on the huge amount of page views, and ooh, nice not to have to get a tooth pulled.

T. Drecker said...

Congrats on the page views! And so glad the tooth can stay. I heading over to the covers right now (can't believe I haven't done that yet)

Nissa Annakindt said...

Congrats on your blog. It's nice to have a blog that gets attention. I'm celebrating the fact that my hens have laid 2 eggs today. That's 28 cents worth! And I only had to buy $60 worth of feed yesterday. I'm going to be rich!

http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats on the page views!! That's fantastic. And so glad you didn't have to have your tooth pulled. I had to get a crown a few years ago and it wasn't too bad.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, congrats on the pageview stats. That's very impressive! I just voted and I'll be eager to see which cover wins. Have a joyful weekend!

Ravyne said...

Congrats on the page views, Lexa. I am not at all surprised though. You have a great site, a wonderful blogshare and some loyal readers. You deserve this! 82 voters is impressive as well. I am so excited to see which one wins! Have an amazing weekend, Lexa! ~Lori~

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Awesome stats on your page views, Lexa and I've voted on your covers - that was hard so many are good!! Have a super week and looking forward to your cover reveal soon :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Wow, 200,000 page views is fantastic! Really a good thing to celebrate. So glad they didn't have to pull your tooth. Having a cap on it is much less traumatic for everything but your finances. Happy weekend.
I voted for one of your book covers. It was hard to choose a favorite.

messymimi said...

That's a lot of visits! Good for you!

The crown will be worth it, i know, i have three.

Stephen Hayes said...

I receive almost as many visits from Russia as I do from America. I find it hard to believe Russians are enjoying my posts. Maybe the Kremlin thinks our nuclear launch codes are embedded in my stories.

Ann V. Friend said...

Congratulations on page views. Wonderful news about the tooth (smile) I'm happy for you Lexa! Have a blessed weekend.

Lara Lacombe said...

200K page views is awesome--congratulations! And good news about the dentist as well. I'm going in May for a check-up, and I'm already nervous as I haven't been to the dentist in years

Cathrina Constantine said...

Lexa, so glad you were able to keep your tooth!!!!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Glad to hear about the tooth. I have a crown, though also one tooth out. Neither was too bad, but both expensive! Congrats on the page stats. When mine hit the 100,000(or was it 200,000?) I decided to celebrate with a giveaway and had precisely one entry. :-( I'm sure you'll do much better. And looking forward to seeing your final choice of cover.

Diana Wilder said...

Lena -

A crown is good! I'm happy for you! I voted on the covers, a d it was hard to choose! I'll be interested to see which you choose... (Well done with the views! People tend not to go places they don't enjoy...)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I am close to you in page views, but wonder how many are from me. I keep checking "do not count my own views", but that choice does not stay permanently. I am happy that so many people comment and I can say I have friends from all over the world. That is what it is all about.

I just voted on your cover. They were all good and hard to choose just one.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Wow, that's amazing! Congrats on all those views! I admit to not keeping track. One of these days I'll have to check, just out of curiosity.
I'm glad you get to keep your tooth. I've had a crown or two, and as unpleasant as it is to have them put on, it's better than losing the tooth.
That's great that you've had so much response to your cover poll. I was thinking about #8. I know I said I'd like to see some red in it to go with the blood in the title, and I wondered what it would look like with blood dripping from the tree-branch claws. Just a thought.
Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm at 172,461. Yes, I do get a kick out of watching it go up and seeing where the hits come from. I know people are busy, so I am more than excited to see they take a bit of time to visit me.

I was bragging to a friend about your covers. I'm very impressed.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's great about the page views and saving your tooth. Have a fantastic weekend.

Heather R. Holden said...

Congrats on all the page views! That's amazing. And I can't wait to see the results of your cover poll. All the covers you created are so impressive!

Inge H. Borg said...

Lexa,

You sure have some great loyals following you, like Julie, Alex, and Diana-my cohort of Egyptian HF.

As to the tooth fairy, I always say, "cherish your dentist." Without his artistry, "some of us" would be little old toothless ladies. Instead, we can smile brightly and lie about our age (with some assistance of L'Oreal Golden Blonde). Although, I've been known to grab the wrong shade off the shelf scaring the dickens out of my cat!

Good luck with the "Cover War." You had some great samples...but I still like #8 best.

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats on all the pageviews! Also, good luck with choosing a great cover.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thanks for the links, Lexa. I visited Gen's page. I also took a peek at my stats. I have over 514K. Had no idea it was that large, but I have been doing this a long time. I don't generally look. I have my small group of followers who give me wonderful support. I'm always grateful to them. That includes you.

DMS said...

Congrats on the milestone! I do look at my blog stats- it is always fascinating to see where people are looking at the blog from. Statistics in general fascinate me and I try to figure out if there is a reason when all of a sudden one country shoots up in the stats. I don't check them all the time, but I do look at them from time to time!

Awesome that you have had people voting on the covers. Almost 100 voters- wow! Can't wait to hear which one you pick. :)
~Jess

Kelley said...

Yay on the crown. I know. I put the above the page views, but I totally hear you on what quiets pain.
And YAY on the page views! That's awesome! It takes so much work to keep a blog going AND drive people to it. That's fabulous!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

That's a lot of page views. Congratulations. Proof you have a great blog that people like to read. Guess I ought to check my visits.

Great news that you just need a crown. Not that crowns are exciting. I'm with you on the pain, though.

Kim Lajevardi said...

It's over 201,000 now. Congrats! Good news about your tooth as well. I'm curious about the cover--can't wait to see the verdict. :)

Libby said...

Congratulations on 200k!

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats!

I used to watch my stats almost obsessively, but nowadays, I put more emphasis on the quality of interaction. :-)

mshatch said...

I sort of keep track of my page views and yay for keeping your tooth!

cleemckenzie said...

Hurray for your rising totals. That's such a boost for bloggers. People actually want to read what you write.

Congrats on keeping that tooth, too. The idea of losing one of those gems is terrifying.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Congrats! I used to keep track, but I found I read into it too much. And if you have a post go semi-viral, your numbers TANK afterwards.

I can only keep putting out the best content I can and keep building relationships with other bloggers. It's the one thing I have control over when it comes to blogging.

M.R. R. said...

Congrats on the pageviews, and keeping your tooth.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Hurray! Good for you! And I'm glad you get to keep your tooth. Looking forward to seeing the chosen cover.

Yes, I keep tabs on the stats for my website. I want to know how many people are looking, what pages they're looking at, and where they're from.

I did get all excited once when I saw a viewer was coming from Hachette during a time when I had a book on sub. But nothing came of it. :(

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Congrats on all the wonderful hits! Major milestone...very cool. So glad you saved your tooth. As a former dental assistant I know I shouldn't say this but I despise going to the dentist.

Loni Townsend said...

Yay for the views but even yayer for the tooth! Pulling would've been a pain in the...mouth?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

All of the covers were beautiful but I voted for #3. Hope you have a great week.

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