I write this blog in a
vacuum. I enjoy writing it, but it takes a fair amount of time and I do it
mainly to promote my books. I have no idea how successful or otherwise it is in
doing this. I do know that if everyone who read it bought one of my books, I'd
sell an awful lot more than I do, which would be nice (there's a link to Amazon
here). What I don't know is how many fewer people would have bought the books
if I didn't write this. So, for now at least, I carry on writing. It would be
helpful, though, to know what makes people read some posts rather than others.
Posts about major historical
figures get a lot of attention. The one I wrote about James Brooke just as 'The
White Rajah' was being published has had more hits than anything else, followed
by one about the Nana Sahib (one of the main characters in 'Cawnpore'). But
recent posts about Clive of India or last week's offering on General Havelock
have received very little attention at all.
The small war in Borneo earlier
this year got rather more coverage on my blog than in the Western newspapers,
so I can understand why that drew a lot of readers. Less easily explained is
why a self-indulgent piece of mine about tango got so much interest that I
wrote more and these continue to attract a significant amount of traffic.
I try to blog about 19th
century colonial history, my own writing and other books about the period and a
little bit about myself. I'm also happy to support friends who write or
compose, because some of them are very good and, without huge marketing
budgets, they rely on people like me to get the word out. Most of all, though,
I try to write about things that interest you, my silent readers. Because if
you're not interested in what I write, there's really not a lot of point. So,
if there's anything that you would like to see more of, please use the 'Comments'
here to let me know. Thanks.