Greatest hits of 2010

1930s calculator
Credit: Oliver Gruener, sxc.hu

When I was in high school, I didn’t play sports. Instead, I met athletes by taking stats for our football team (and our basketball and softball teams, but they were girls so my heart wasn’t really in it).

That’s not to say I’m good at figuring out statistics, and since I rarely use math in my day job I’ve¬† mostly forgotten how to calculate anything.

I love reading statistics, though, so I was thrilled that WordPress emailed me an overview of this blog’s stats for 2010. I won’t share them all with you, but I wanted to let you know my top posts from last year, in case you missed any of them.

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on them the first time around!

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

What hits your hot button? September 2010

2

Describing how a man smells August 2010

3

Adopting a pseudonym after developing a social media presence October 2010

4

When did category romance get this good? June 2010

5

Writing in an accent that’s not yours September 2010

I’m not repetitive, but…

You know those people who start a sentence with “I’m not racist, but…” and then go on to say something so horrific it leaves you lost for words?

Well, I’m not repetitive, but…

Last week I became a member of Savvy Authors and they’ve got a tool called the Auto Critter. It’s like Microsoft Word’s ‘find’ function but shedloads better. You paste in a passage (or even a full manuscript) and it counts how many times you use certain words that are often overused.

One of my worst offenders is ‘just’. It’s on just about every page, and it’s just so hard to stop using it. I pasted in my first chapter, and Auto Critter told me I’ve used ‘just’ 13 times…in eight pages. Ouch.

What’s better, it highlights all these overused words so you can see whether your use of the word is just…ified.

Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself.

When you can’t afford to go to RWA Nationals

One of the bummers (cue naughty giggles from my British friends) of living in London is that I can’t afford to fly to the US in summer. It costs approximately $Ridiculous and I’m on a charity salary.

So color me thrilled to find Savvy Authors is having a Summer Symposium from today through Sunday. They’ve got loads of online workshops covering topics relevant to new and published writers, everything from craft to promotion, as well as giveaways and pitch appointments.

And it’s only $30 if you’re not a member (though membership costs $30 a year and gets you access to discounted courses, tools, and a community of writers).

So that’s where you’ll find me for the rest of the week. Talking about dirty words in the Language of Erotica course (not that I write erotica; I just want to read the dirty words) and going deep in the POV workshop.

For those of you baking and sweating in Orlando, yes I’m jealous. Seething with jealousy. But with the money I save this year, I may be able to join you next year.

Have fun!