The funny thing I’ve learned about blogging over the past few years is that the number of hits a post receives has nothing to do with the amount of thought or effort I’ve put into it. It actually hinges on random things like making references to pop culture icons like Mr. T and Steve Urkel. And if you include photos, then so much the better. For example:
This photo is guaranteed to bring traffic to your blog.
Speaking from experience, I’ve noticed that I get somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 hits a week from people Googling Mr. T, the A-Team, and B.A. Baracus, and about 50 or 60 hits a week from people Googling Steve Urkel and/or Family Matters — all because I mentioned them in passing.
As a side note, I can only imagine how many hits this post will get for mentioning Mr. T and Steve Urkel at the same time.
And for including this clip of the commercial for Urkel-Os cereal…
…and — while we’re on the subject — this one for Mr. T cereal:
So take a cue from the Quaker Oats companyand team up with Mr. T (or Steve Urkel) every morning to increase traffic to your blog! And for even more traffic, don’t forget to mention Pee Wee Herman.
“The Grievers is a an extraordinary weave of humor, insight and intelligence. Marc Schuster has written a perfect comic novel, one that never strays far from either poignance or hilarity. You will read it with the grateful sense of being in on the discovery of an exciting new literary voice.” – Robin Black, author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
Robin’s collection has received acclaim from all quarters, including being named the top book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle as well as the Irish Times, being shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, winning the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Literary Prize, and being named a summer reading pick by O: The Oprah Magazine. Needless to say, I’m extremely delighted by this endorsement from an author whose work I admire so greatly!
I’m very pleased to note that my review of Elizabeth Mosier’s The Playgroup has made it onto Shelf Unbound magazine’s “Best of the Book Blogs” page. If you follow the link below, the review is on page 44 of the magazine. And the review originally appeared on Small Press Reviews.