Because I did it last year and because numbers are fun, some selected stats from The Unwritten Word's second year:
Best month: July 2013, with 870 unique visitors and 1,523 total page views
Average unique visitors per month: 443
Average page views per month: 906
Most referrals: Squarespace 5 doesn't track this stat for longer than a month, but I feel confident that, second to Google, most of my traffic this past year came from the grammatically meticulous and always funny writing/copyediting blog Fangs and Clause, which is written by my friend Independent Clause. Thanks, Indy (IF THAT IS YOUR REAL NAME), for all the link-lovin'! Hopefully I can return the favor.
For year three, I'm trying to think of a way to keep the "hey! let's write something!" spirit of the blog while moving away from the writing prompts having "weeks" and deadlines (the deadlines especially were not really catching on). In a sense, I've accomplished what I set out to do here—I wanted to get myself writing again on a regular basis, and that I have certainly done. But the things I'm working on now require most of my writerly attention, and keeping a weekly pace with the challenges on this blog only takes time away from what I am currently writing. But, I also want to see this project through.
WHAT TO DO...! Do I keep posting weekly prompts for anyone interested in trying them, but excuse myself from having to try them too? Do I abandon the prompts altogether and move into more of a meditations on writing/writing advice direction? Or some other, much stranger, direction...?
What would you like to see?