Posted by Diana Belchase
Writing for this blog is a real pleasure.
Tuesday, it was even more of a thrill for me — and for a thriller writer, that’s saying a whole lot. Along with 81 comments, between Tuesday and Wednesday we had 480 hits, a lot of fun, and we had people tune in from all over the world.
That included 16 hits from Hungary alone! We also had people stop by from Canada (7), Saudi Arabia (3), Australia (3), Lebanon, Cambodia, Turkey, the UAE, Peru, Italy, Taiwan (4), Germany (6), Namibia, India, and Norway. Of course, that wasn’t even our biggest post, but who can compete with a class action lawsuit against Joan Swan for keeping people up at night reading her books (638 hits over two days)? Since we started less than five months ago, we have been visited by viewers from 76 different countries!
All I can say is WOW.
Coming up with content takes a lot of time and planing on the part of all of us here at Kiss and Thrill. We have meetings to plan what kind of content we will offer, endless emails about who is doing what. Our knees shake when we approach some of the heavy hitters in our industry — sometimes we’re just as star struck as the rest of the world, even when we know the people we interview. We put together questions, hope for interesting answers, insert art and links, and then hope and pray that someone somewhere will tune in, read it, and like it.
We have no budget or advertisers; our only pay is the enjoyment of our readers. Like all writers, we struggle with the fact that friends and family often take our efforts for granted and don’t always follow us as closely as we’d like. Often, they have little comprehension of what it is we do, how hard we work at it, or even why we’d want to. They do not understand why we get up in the middle of the night and give up sleep, or time with our families, or dinners with friends, to sit in a room by ourselves and type endlessly into a computer. So, we really depend upon you to support our need to be heard, to tell us merely by stopping by, that what we have to say is important enough for someone to want to read.
We are much like actresses upon the stage, with our success measured in hits instead of ticket sales, and our self-worth tied to the comments you leave us — the only applause we writers will ever know. And each time one of you decides to subscribe, it’s better than a standing ovation.
So thank you for all of that. For tuning in and letting us know we’re not writing for the dark empty void, but for real flesh and blood people. Thank you for being the greatest audience we could have hoped for this early in our blogging career.
To paraphrase Sally Fields: You like us. You really like us.
I am humbled and grateful.
Now for our winner!
I’d like to thank James Grady again for joining us this week!
Now . . . drum roll please . . . the commenter who has won a copy of MAD DOGS is . . . Debbie Pakaluk! Congratulations!
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Next up on Tuesday, April 17th, Kiss and Thrill’s Gwen Hernandez welcomes best selling author, Laura Griffin, on the day she releases her new book, Twisted.