Wow, is it March already? I thought January would never end and then February sort of zipped by without me paying any attention. February was filled with all kinds of wonderful things in my writing world. Madame Gretchen came out, I picked up a new kinky client who lets me write pretty much anything I want as long as I use the topic they want, and I’ve got more writing in the works. Woohoo!
This is the time of the month when I take a look back at my stats – both in the blogging world and in the author world – from the month before. Everything seems to be holding steady. I was sick for a solid week so some stats are lower than they might have been, but it’s a good thing that I can be down for a week and things keep cranking along. And sometimes in the month of March I’m going to hit 1000 posts – and I’ve only been blogging since April/May 2012.
- 23 posts
- 11, 456 views
- 21 new subscribers
Top Post of February: A Good Start to the Day (a Masturbation Monday post)
- 5,326 views
- 6 new subscribers
- 56 posts shared by various bloggers
- 17 members
- social reach of 26,462
If you write about sex, are willing to share other people’s posts, and want to grow your readership, click on the link above to join the tribe.
Erotic Book Sales
Paid – this includes The Adventures of Sir and Babygirl, Sir and Babygirl: Bound by Love, and on Amazon only: Madame Gretchen, The Visitor and The Big Game
- Amazon – 44
- iBooks – 1
- Barnes & Noble – 3
- Kobo – 2
Free – the only free titles I have are The Visitor and The Big Game
- Smashwords – 76
- iBooks – 13
- Barnes & Noble – 9
- All Romance – 151
Stacked, an anthology focusing on all things BOOBS released on February 4. You can get your copy here. I don’t have access to the stats so I can’t share them.
Madame Gretchen, probably my favorite book to write (so far) released on February 27. Subscribers received a free copy, but anyone who wants to check it out, can find it on Amazon. You can even borrow it for free on Kindle Unlimited.
On social media things are cranking along nicely, too.
My Author page on Facebook is growing slowly. If you haven’t liked it yet (and want to, lol), I’m also Kayla Lords Author on Facebook.
My Twitter is growing steadily with over 3,800 followers. My Tumblr is too with more than 3,400 followers. On Twitter, I share lots and lots of content (not all mine) and I talk to people – a lot. On Tumblr, though, I share images that speak to me. I can go from puppies to porn in about two seconds (not to mention the Doctor Who stuff, glitter stuff, and whatever else strikes my fancy).
My Two Cents
I talk about my social media numbers from time to time, but for this month’s bit of “wisdom” (it’s okay to roll your eyes. I did.), I’m going to tell you that the numbers don’t matter as much as you think they do.
In one of the author groups I belong to, we had a lively discussion about whether there should be a follower limit on Twitter – we’re a group that retweets each other’s stuff so presumably, follower count might matter. I was one of several to immediately say there should be no limit on how many followers an author should have in order to participate. Numbers are meaningless if your followers don’t engage. You can have 100,000 followers but if they aren’t clicking on your links, sharing your stuff, or talking to you, who cares? This isn’t just a Twitter thing, but goes for all social media.
If you have 200 followers, but those people are loyal to you and genuinely like you, you’ll have more success on social media that someone who’s got 10 times the amount of followers that auto-followed them, paid for followers, or only follow for the follow-back aspect of social media. This goes back to being yourself, as much as time will allow, on social media. You can’t spam people with your ads and not add meaningful content. Sharing other people’s stuff is a good way to start. Replying to people who mention you – in context – is another good way.
How people react to you online is more important than how many people follow you. Once you get up into the thousands (like me and countless others) engagement becomes much more difficult. There are times when I could spend the entire day talking to people on social media – but since no one pays me to do that, that’s impractical. And no one can keep up with thousands of people, but as long as there are people who click, like, and/or share your stuff, you can tell that you’re getting good engagement – and you’re doing something right.
So if you think you’re not doing enough because 100 people follow you on social media and someone else has 10,000 followers, take a look at clicks, retweets, likes, and mentions. That will tell you much more than the numbers ever will. Stay real online and the numbers will follow.