Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An anniversary and a landmark pass unnoticed

I recently overlooked two connected events that happened around the same time. Just a couple of weeks ago was the first anniversary of my blog. Concurrently, the number of visitors to this site passed the 5,000 mark. I started calculating the statistics: That means an average of 14 readers visited my blog each day. I have no idea if this is good or not. Regardless, the process of coming up with an angle for the blog, writing a weekly post and interacting with other kid lit aficionados has been a lot of fun - and rewarding in ways I hadn't expected. I've met some great people and learned a lot.

This week I'm leaving for a sojourn in the south of France and Italy, with a three-day stop in New York City en route. In addition to hanging out with friends and family, I plan to indulge in art - visiting as many galleries, museums and cathedrals as can be stuffed into the itinerary.  I'm hoping this will provide inspiration for my own art and writing - as well as new material to share here with you.

I look forward to year 2. Any suggestions? Please let me know. Your comments are most welcome.

3 comments:

Lori W. said...

Congrats! It can be a challenge to squeeze blogging into everything else, but it is a nice way to connect with other writers.

I hope you have a great time in NYC. One thing I've been meaning to ask you is if you have a separate blog for your illustrations? I know I saw some once, but I can't remember if it is was here.

Megan Frances said...

Thanks, Lori! You do a much better job than I do - posting regularly on your blog.
As for my illustrations - I do have a separate site. There's a link on the right side of my blog under my profile, or you can access it by clicking on the giraffe in my giraffe painting. One of the changes I want to make to my blog this year is to incorporate the art as a separate page - a new feature of Blogger.
I hope you have a great summer!

Lori W. said...

I found the other site right after I wrote that comment. Yeah, the separate page thing seems to work well. Hope you have a nice summer as well, and maybe I'll see you at an SCBWI event this fall. I'm going to some in L.A. then (but not the National Conf.).