On this day in October, this page of mine on Red Room reached 250,000 views around 12:30 p.m. I predicted in September that I'd hit this milestone in October. To arrive here has my head spinning. Did my ten closest friends come here a hundred times a day every day? That’s doubtful.
Rather, I have to credit Red Room, the brainchild of a writer named Ivory Madison (and how perfect a name is that for a cover or as a detective?). This site brings readers and writers together for much more than a casual tweet. Originally, I didn’t intend to write many blogs because I had novels to create.
Then I saw in the first blogs that I wrote that a hundred people read them right away—very satisfying. Those numbers grew, so that now I might get 1200 views on a day I blog, sometimes two thousand, and I still get 600 views on days I don’t, which is most days. That’s because many of my past blogs remain popular. From the start, I decided that if I was going to spend time writing articles (which is what I consider the best blogs) then I should be helpful if not also entertaining.
For instance, my interviews with best-selling indie writers Darcie Chan and Boyd Morrison still get many steady hits. Also popular is what I wrote recently for Kirkus Reviews, that critical publishing industry paper, which asked me “How I Did It”—how did I get successful? Red Room is my hub and that helps a lot.
Two of my favorite blogs are funny ones, “Ten Simple Things for Becoming Rich-Rich-Rich in Self Publishing” and “A Plunge Into the Night,” about an evening spent in the ER.
If you are new to writing and want to explore the life of a writer, then I suggest you randomly try out other writers here on Red Room. While you’ll find well-known writers, such as Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, you’ll also get a sense of the roll-up-your-sleeves workaday writer, too. You may not know them by sight, but their blogs reveal vibrant thinkers, and their books are worth buying. This is a unique place, Red Room, and it’s worth joining either as a reader or a writer.
Thank you, readers and fans, for coming here.
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