You might have noticed that it's our anniversary month. *grin* We have an EPIC giveaway to show our appreciation for your support. This month, we're also looking back at the highlights of the year (starting with a stop at Book Stack Island).
Today's stop isn't on the map, but consider it a view from the captain's cabin. (Don't all captains have access to analytics?) ;) We thought it would be fun to share our top posts, and a number-riffic look back at our first year.
A quick re-cap
In July, we shared goofy interviews AND PIRATE-Y PHOTOS for each crew member! Captain E. Hook, Dread Pirate B., Curly McGee, Guppy Guts Skullcracker, Jas Ketch (Siren of the Seychelles), Lady Byrd Bonebreaker, Neptune, Brunhilde the Black-Hearted, Bonny Kitty Cutlass, Shiver Me Timbers, Back from the Dead Red
In August, we talked VACATION.
We even made a video with our favorite vacation spots:
September was about New Voyages, but we also made time to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day with you on Twitter.
Our favorite #YABpiratetalk tweets:
- Tracey Neithercott: "When I was a young pirate, I read ARRR! YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME, MARRRGARET?"
- Jennie King: "Arg! First drafts should walk the plankkk."
- Ellen Godlett: "Scribble away when yer sloshed, but don't ye go editing that rubbish while yer on the grog! ~ Cap'n Hemingway"
- Jae Dansie: "Ahoy! Don' let the query be givin' ya the Davies. Jus' smartly give a reckonin' of who it be n' what them be fightin' fer."
- Sarah Chafin: "Me best piece of advice be to press on, payin nary a heed to the nay sayers. If ye've got a dream in yer heart, go for it."
We talked all things spoooooky in October, and shared a few favorite creepy reads.
In November, we shared The NaNoWriMo Pirate Plan and our best NaNoWriMo advice in a blog hop.
In December, we looked back, and shared our favorite reads of 2013!
We celebrated Rachel Searles' debut, THE LOST PLANET, with Pirates in Space in January.
In February we talked love.
You guys made our three-month writing bootcamp a HUGE success!
We're still loving seeing your #YABSummerReads. Keep 'em coming! (Or get started here.)
This year's most popular posts:
- Spring Writing Bootcamp
- The (NaNoWriMo) Pirate Plan
- What Would Your Dream Vacation Look Like?
- Introducing YA Buccaneers
- Critique Partners of Awesome
By the numbers:
~29,000 page views
192 blog posts
391 blog subscribers
75 Word Sprints
71 Spring Bootcamp Participants
My favorite number? The YA Buccaneers blog has been read by people in 103 different countries. Wow! :)
How awesome is that!?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments: Which theme did you like the best? Do you have a favorite blog post or event?
Your opinions will help us shape next year's themes and events!