One year ago today, I took my first tentative steps into this thing called “blogging”, and it has been an interesting year indeed.
I named the blog “Airship Flamel” after the airship that features in my steampunk novel “To Rule the Skies”. As I was finishing up editing that book, I found that I had accumulated so many interesting stories and historical tidbits while doing research on the time and culture (Victorian). Writing a blog seemed the best and most fun way of writing some non-fiction as well.
Some statistics, thanks to the WordPress Insights page: This entry is my 89th blog entry of the past year. That includes re-blogs–I’m not above featuring the work of another blogger on Airship Flamel with proper credit, of course. No sense re-inventing the wheel, and all that…
The most popular post has been “Did Mark Twain and Charles Dickens ever meet?” which I published back in October and has been read 299 times. While I found it very interesting to ponder that question myself, the post wasn’t very popular at first, but then really took off in the spring. I wonder if a teacher somewhere had given the question out as a essay topic. Before then, my most popular post had been “The Colors of the Past” which examined how poorly early photographic plates recorded different colors, so that we really can’t always be sure what color objects are in period photographs.
In September, my novel was published both as an e-book and as a hard copy. The second book in the Airship Flamel Adventures series is currently in draft form and my goal is to have it completed by May, 2016.
In December, I previewed Christmas with the Twelve Days of Steampunk Christmas posts which were re-tweeted by Airship Ambassador which generated much traffic to the blog. They’re still being read almost every day.
In February, I started a new full-time job, which definitely put a dent into the time I had to write. I’m starting to get the work-life, or rather, work-write balance back on a more even keel, so I predict more regular blog posts in future.
Most of all, I’d like to recognize some of the blog posts that pop up in my reader from some very talented and interesting writers. Cogpunk Steamscribe gives an always interesting take on steampunk and writing from Down Under. I don’t know how many times we’ve reblogged each other’s posts! Another favorite is For Whom the Gear Turns which posts about Steampunk, London, and Making. Mr. Lee Jackson, a prodigious tweeter, is the author of The Dictionary of Victorian London, an excellent resource for anyone doing research (or just curious) about just about any aspect of Victorian London. His recent book, “Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight against Filth” is on my to-read list.
Finally, for the 4,481 times that someone has come to my blog during the past year, I hope that I have educated and entertained, and promise that I shall endeavour to continue to do so.