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Jul 5, 2020

End of June Updates

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Let me just say, here in Massachusetts where I am, it was a rainy June. Well, the last bit of June — about a week — was exceptionally rainy. And all you ever remember, anyway, is the last week of a month. 

Here, I’m going to talk about some of the highlights of June and about some of the things that are coming up in July on Voyage of the Mind. 

Let me just say…

One, that it’s amazing to me that I’ve only been blogging on Voyage of the Mind for a little over a month and a half. I’m pretty hard on myself, and I often get into a frame of mind where I think, “Why haven’t I made any progress?” Which is stupid for two reasons. One because I have made progress, two because I’m clearly looking for the kind of progress you’d see in six months or a year when it’s only been a month and a half. Jeez, Laura. Calm down. 

I’ll also say that in terms of the raw goals I set for last month — the numbers goals — Well, we blew them out of the water. I wanted to get to 5K followers on Twitter and finished the month at 6.5K. I wanted to get to 100 followers here on WordPress and finished the month at 148, and today I made 150! I have a steadily-growing email list. Hit some speed-bumps on Pinterest (you can read about that in this Q&A session) but am hoping to have them smoothed out soon.

As of a couple days ago, I had written 165,000+ words on the blog in 2020 alone. I just checked today and that number is up to 190,000+ words. My God. I never dreamed that my output on a blog would be so high, back during the year when I slogged through maintaining Laura Schmidt Books. But here I am, writing all day, every day, and enjoying myself.

Highlights of June

Definitely my switch to a new theme — Divi — was the biggest highlight of June, in my eyes. I’m so happy with my change. It’s something that had been hanging over my head, and I’m very relieved to have it done and over with. You can read a bit more about the process, the trials, the tribulations, and the successes in this post about three things you should know before revamping your blog, if that’s something you know you’re going to have to do in the foreseeable future. 

Other highlights included publishing guest posts. My mother did one pretty early in the month on gardening. Ingrid of Experiments in Fiction has contributed twice. Her first post is on the ancient scripts of Crete, and her second discusses the connection between the Palace of Knossos and the mythical Labyrinth of Minos. I highly, highly recommend both of them to you. Ingrid is a real expert in her field.

Tomorrow, I have the honor of publishing a guest post from Ernest G. Valencia, @ernestgvalenci1 on Twitter. It’s a short story, and I think that you all are really going to enjoy it. It is deep, deep, deep. 

So — switching theme — guest posts — and… I got going on my fantasy novel again, the one I shelved last year! I’ve been working pretty steadily on it. You can read more in my Chronicle of Creation, Entry I and Entry II. Entry III will come out tomorrow and hopefully will include a large chunk of Chapter 1, which I’m going to devote the afternoon today to finishing up. 

Oh, and one more highlight. I’ve had the pleasure of purchasing several books from the Writing Community on Twitter, with the help of donations on Ko-fi. If you love the work we’re doing here at Voyage of the Mind, please consider supporting us on Ko-fi. Right now, all donations go into the book fund, so that I can buy books for us to read and review. 

Why do I say “us”? Because Voyage of the Mind is now officially a partnership. I haven’t set up the author page yet, but when I do you will see me listed there as well as Dylan, my partner-in-crime. If you’re interested in reading more about how he joined, check out my post about the new look for Voyage of the Mind 

Coming up in July

We have a lot coming up for you in July. All the usual culprits will continue in their usual circuits. You’ll have movie reviews, book reviews (including some of those Writing Community books!), thought-provoking and sometimes provocative articles, historical articles so you can learn something new, more cool math, more poetry, more wonderfulness! 

My collection of short stories and poetry, Metamorphosis, will be coming out mid-month! I want you to keep your eyes peeled for that. I’ve decided that I will sell it both here on the blog (in PDF form) and on Amazon (in e-book and paperback form). I’m toying around the idea of leaving it up for free on Amazon for the first month. Good idea? Yay or nay? Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments. 

I also have something new on my “bucket list” for Voyage of the Mind. It would be really, really nice to be featured on WordPress Discover! Now, I’m sure that this is really difficult, but I thought I’d enlist your aid. If there is ever a post you particularly enjoy, tweet it @WPDiscover. Or, better yet, tweet the homepage of Voyage of the Mind @WPDiscover. I will be eternally indebted to you if you land me a spot on WordPress Discover, mark my words. It’s something I think would be really cool for all of us at Voyage of the Mind, readers and writers alike. 

That’s really what I have to say for July. 

My most-read post of June was “American Justice for Michael Jackson” (597 views in June, 634 total views as of right now). 

My most-read poem of June was “The Crane” (96 views in June, 97 total views as of right now).

My most-“liked” poem of June was “Curtain of Desire” (18 likes). Wow!

My most-discussed post was “Before Ancient Greece: The Minoan Civilization” (15 comments). (Actually, it was “American Justice for Michael Jackson” again with 16 comments, but taking into account views:comments ratio, I have to give this post on the Minoans the cake.)

Your favorite post from June? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, thank you for your support and readership. You give us wings — Voyage of the Mind wouldn’t fly without you!

 

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