Category Archives: Blogging

6 Years of this Excellent Blog

Hey 3.5 readers.

Your old pal, BQB here.

I began this fine blog 6 years ago, deciding to try my hand at the blogging game.

I did it on a whim and had I put some thought into it, I would have done a lot of things differently.

My initial idea was that I would just create a little web presence.  I’d blog once in a blue moon and I was going to focus on book reviews.  In the mean time, I’d concentrate on writing books of my own.

As time went on, I found followers and things got silly.  I developed the persona of Bookshelf Q. Battler, a nerd in secret, was an adventurer who fought zombies, werewolves, chupacabras, aliens, traveled the world, time traveled, went to space and so on.

In the past couple years, I got old.  Relaxing and watching TV at the end of the day became more appealing than blogging for the entertainment of 3.5 readers.  (No offense, 3.5 readers.)

On top of that, I decided the little time and I energy I do get would be better spent focusing on novel drafts.  I always have something in the works and hold out hope that I’ll be a successful novelist one day, though the older I get, the more I realize this is something I can’t bank on.

I’m not crazy about the pen name “Bookshelf Q. Battler.”  It doesn’t really sound like a name and if I could do it again, I might have picked something that sounds like an actual name.  The actual name could have been given a fun backstory of being a reclusive adventurer or something.

Anyway, here’s to another 6 years and hopefully by then, you 3.5 readers will multiply and there will be 7 of you.

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I Now Have 2,511 Followers

Thank you WordPress followers.

As I promised long ago, if I can get 3,500 WordPress followers in honor of my 3.5 readers, I will hire the chainsaw juggling guy from Fiver to do a promo video for this fine website.

I don’t understand how I can have 2,511 blog followers but only 3.5 readers.

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Write the Blog

I got nothing. Tell me what’s interesting in the blogosphere, 3.5 readers.

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This is my 15ooth Post

This one. Right here. 1500 posts in two years and three months.

1500 rantings about nonsense.


I wish I had planned something better for it but I just noticed I was at 1,499 and decided to make it an even 1500.

I’ll have to plan a party for my 2000th post.

Blogging has been quite a trip.  Often, I feel like it isn’t worth it.  That I write so much and there’s so little response.

But then I see progress.  All those followers and clicks add up.  I’ve seen more progress add up in this than anything else I’ve done.

Anyway, thanks 3.5 readers.  I’ll keep writing as long as at least 3.5 of you keep showing up.

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150 Hits Yesterday for this Blog

Hey Nerds,

The Bookshelf Battle Blog got 150 hits yesterday.  I rarely break 100 so that’s awesome and it was largely because of my Melisandre post.  A lot of people are searching the Interwebs for information about Melisandre’s necklace, what will she do for Jon Snow, has she ever been seen without the necklace, etc.

“Kim Kardashian’s boobs?” Sorry.  That’s just straight up pandering the search engine optimization and unlike the user of “free penis enlargement pills” I won’t stand at attention for that nonsense, thank you very much.

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BQB’s Monthly Stats for the Past Year

Hey 3.5 Readers.1371251154

BQB here. So I just analyzed my monthly stats for the past year and here’s what popped out at me:

  • Every month I get approximately 1,000 visitors.  Sometimes it is one or two hundred more. It wasn’t less than 1,000 in the past year.
  • Every month I get approximately 2,000 views.  (Now, there’s a wider deviation here. Sometimes it’d be less, like 1700 views.  Sometimes it’d be way more, like 2,600 views.)

So my first reaction is that the people who stop by this fine blog like it so much they click on it twice.

But then I realized there are probably a lot of people who just click on it once.  Meanwhile, there are probably people who like what they see and click away to see what other posts are on here to enjoy.

It does tell me I need to organize things better. There are people who are getting a kick out of things enough that they’d probably read through my back catalog of online nonsense if I archived it better and made it more accessible.

It is a nice feeling though that people are liking what they see and looking around the site for more.

I have always looked at increasing visitor stats as being key because, well, the more the merrier.

However, I am realizing that view stats are equally important because it can tell you if people are enjoying the site.

I suppose there are different ways to analyze how good your party was. Did a lot of people show up? That’s good. Did they boogie down and mix and mingle or did they all sit in the corner and stare at the walls? We of course, want the first option.

Get down. Boogie woogie woogie. You know the song.

What say you, 3.5 readers? Am I reading my stats right?

By the way, I’m going to have to have a chat with my BQB HQ bookkeeper.

How can I get 1,000 visitors a month and still only have 3.5 readers?

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Top Ten Ideas for Improving this Blog

The Bookshelf Battle Blog is sheer perfection, I know.  Sheer delight for the eyes of my 3.5 readers.

But I’m looking for advice on making this fine blog even better.

So you write this list in the comments, 3.5 readers.  You can be funny if you want but you don’t have to be.  This blog rarely is so why start now?

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What is an Unknown Search Term?

On my stats, it will show me where people searched for certain terms and ended up getting to my blog.  It will show me the words/phrases that got eyes over here so I can keep that in mind when writing future posts.

Oh, that reminds me:


Sorry about that.  Anyway…so then they also will give you “Unknown search terms” and then just a number.

What does that mean?  What is an unknown search term?  If the mighty wordpress magicians somehow know that certain words/phrases brought people here (i.e. known search terms) how is it possible that they don’t know the other terms that bring people here?

Feed my brain and educate me, tech nerds.

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Two Year Anniversary Stats


Gratuitous Bookshelf Q. Battledog Photo


In two years of bloggery, I have made 1,240 posts and received:


20,698 visitors

Is this good?  I don’t know.  If there’s some expert out there, please tell me.

The highest number of views I received in a day came on February 9, 2015.  I think that was largely because someone was nice enough to put something I wrote on Reddit.  I had just announced the one post a day for a year challenge too so I think that made people somewhat curious.

In general, if I get between 30-50 hits a day it is a pretty average day.  It is nice when there are more views than hits.  I feel like that means people like what they see and want to keep looking around.

This has definitely been a labor of love.  I truly wish this technology had existed when I was 20 and had the ability to stay up two days straight writing term papers cranked up on Red Bull (shit, come to think of it, that could explain a lot of my problems now.)

But it is here now and I like it because every day brings at least one new follower and I hope all of these little drops in the bucket lead to a nice full bucket some day.

(A nice full bucket of people who will buy the book I can’t seem to finish.  What?  Did I say that?  No.  I do it for the art.  Money schmoney.)

If you haven’t done so yet, please follow me on:

Twitter – @bookshelfbattle

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Thank you, 3.5 readers.  Please keep it up and help a nerd’s dream come true.

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