Today is the last day of the Inspired Blog Challenge, so it’s time for a wrap-up post.
The main objective was to post twenty times during the month, and that was accomplished.
While joining the challenge did not greatly increase the number of pageviews (other things I did during the month were more effective), I did get a lot more comments than usual, a couple of them from people not even in the challenge!
My top ten viewed posts during the last month were:
- Book Review: Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments (Mostly by fans of Shutterbug Follies, a comic strip featured as an example in the book.)
- Comic Book Review: The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition (A just-published volume based on a best-selling revisionist history book.)
- Open Thread: Inspired Blog Challenge Day One (This one definitely boosted by joining the challenge, as everyone in it gave me one shot.)
- Open Thread: Mother’s Day (Everyone loves their Mom, or knows someone who does, right?)
- Anime Review: Magi – Labyrinth of Magic (Very popular show among anime fans.)
- Manga Review: Vagabond Volume 1 (A biography of famous sword-slinger Miyamoto Musashi, by a popular creator.)
- Manga Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (USA) (The most popular ongoing manga series.)
- Manga Review: Vinland Saga Book 1 (Exciting, well-researched Viking story.)
- Book Review: The Saint: The Man Who Was Clever (Got a big boost from being mentioned on a site for pulp fans.)
- Book Review: Blood Aces (Biography of a Texas gangster who made it big in Las Vegas.)
I don’t know that the Inspired Blog Facebook group is the best fit for me, given most of the other blogs in it are “lifestyle” or “artistic.” But we’ll see going forward.
Got a huge increase in spam once I joined the challenge, Akismet seems to be dealing with it.
So, topics for discussion: have you ever been in a blogging challenge, and how did it go for you? Or alternatively, plug a blog other than your own that you really like and people should go see.