Last year I made 62 posts on this blog. Google’s analytics are not entirely reliable,
but they do give me an idea of which posts get most attention. In the past, I’ve
been surprised at what has got read and what hasn’t. This is what has tickled
readers’ interest this year. (Click on the titles to be taken to the posts.)
This post revisited the old question of
how long ago a story has to be set to make it a historical novel. I argue that
a story from the 1960s can definitely be a historical novel and illustrate this
with Sharon Robard’s remarkable book, Unforgivable.
I was surprised at the interest this post seemed to generate. I have two series
of books out with Accent. The Williamson Papers are set in the mid-19th
century and are quite serious books about the impact of colonialism on both the
colonisers and the people they colonised. The books about the adventures of
Napoleonic-era spy James Burke are more light-hearted. I thought this blog post
was a rather self-indulgent piece about the problems of writing two very
different kinds of book, but for some reason it caught peoples’ interest.
Someone asked me to post seven
interesting things about myself. It’s not the sort of thing I generally do on
my blog, but I was asked, so I did. It turned out to be huge fun to write and,
apparently, a lot of people thought it was fun to read too.
This is an article on kris, the famous Malay weapons. There’s one on the cover of
The White Rajah. If you want to know
about kris, this article is a good place to start. Apparently quite a few of my
readers are interested.
This guest post by Christopher Hawthorne
Moss (author of Beloved Pilgrim)
looked at historical novels as a way of exploring the role of transgendered
people in history.
So, as last year, there seems a range of
different types of post that attract interest. I’ll carry on with the mix of guest posts, articles about writing, about the history behind my books (like the kris piece)
and, occasionally, about me. I didn’t write about tango this year but the piece
I wrote about Milonga 10 in Buenos Aires remains one of the most widely read
posts I’ve ever made, so I might yet put in some more stuff about dancing.