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Writing 101, Day 16: Search your stats for a post idea

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I realised that my popular posts are all Photo Prompts and Six Word Stories. I’ve just written a post in response to Benedict Nicholson’s weekly challenge #7, Betrayal. Awaiting Monday’s photo prompt by Mondays Finish the Story and Tuesday’s photo prompt by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.

Participating in these writing challenges and reading stories submitted by other writers have become my favourite pastime.

Is there any other writing challenges that you would recommend to me? 😉


In response to Writing 101, Day 16: Search your stats for a post idea

Your stats page isn’t just a place to monitor your views and visitors, referrers and clicks, and a snapshot of your posting activity. You can find ideas for future posts, too. Click on the “Months” or “Years” tab on your stats page to see cross-sections of stats in different months.

  • Top Posts & Pages: What posts are perpetually popular? Can you write a follow-up to one of them?
  • Countries: Where are most of your visitors coming from? Can you publish a post that might be of interest to these viewers?
  • Search Terms: What words and phrases do people search that lead them to your blog? Think of a post that addresses a search term you see again and again.
  • Referrers: What sites or specific posts are sending you visitors? Are there post topics you can write about that might be of interest to these readers?
  • Clicks: What links are your visitors clicking on? Can you publish your own original content on these topics?

If you don’t glean anything from your stats page, consider one of these prompts instead:

  • If you were forced to make your blog private, would that affect your writing?
  • Overnight, you discover you’ve gained 50,000 blog subscribers. What would you write for your next post?
  • One day, you notice a strange stat. Write a short piece of fiction or poem that describes what you see, and/or what happens.
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