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Happy New Year and Thank You! – My Publication & Site Stats, 300K+ views in 2020!

Happy New Year and big thanks to such an incredible online community of poets, writers, and supporters! I started actively posting and promoting my web site in October 2014, and have seen a constant increase in traffic, likes, and followers. I’ve met some amazing and talented people along the way.

This site really started out as an experiment, to just share the things I learn and research when I originally began actively submitting my poems and other writing to different markets. It does seem there is a need for clear, concise, and quick ways to stay updated on calls for submissions, contests, writing tips, especially those with a focus on poetry. I’d love to hear from my readers if they have suggestions for information I can share or other resources they find helpful in their quest to publish poetry.  Leave a comment below to join the conversation or click here to comment on Facebook and leave a review of my site.

Below are some stats for this last year, including:

My submission stats

Here are my personal submissions stats for 2020, which I track in Duotrope. Many of the poems I sent out were sent to multiple markets as simultaneous submissions. My acceptance rate dropped some from last year, since I started challenging myself and sending to tougher markets with lower acceptance rates. Some of the poems published this year were actually submitted last year.

Total Manuscripts Submitted: 15 (2 microchaps, 1 chapbook, 1 full-length sent to 15 different markets)

Total Poems Submitted: 176 (total count, not unique poems)

Total Poems Accepted: 7 poems, 1 microchap

Total Poems Published: 9 (includes reprints)

Total Books Published: 1 microchap

Reconstructed Happiness, Origami Poems Project, microchapbook, free printable download. Read the original announcement from June 2020.

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Reviews/Interviews published (of or by me)

My awards

  • Finalist in the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize for Bone Music, Sept. 2020. (1 of 15 finalists).
  • Finalist in the Kallisto Gaia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize for Bone Music, March 2020. (1 of 25 finalists).
  • 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2020 via The Write Life, January 2020.
  • Utah State Poetry Society Awards, April 2020: 2nd place in the C.T. Wiseman Memorial category for “My husband and I contemplate tree removal”; Honorable mention in the Long Poem category for “Trauma I, Bike vs. Car”; 1st honorable mention in the Shoot for the Loot category for “Couples Therapy: Duncan Yo-yo Speaks to its String”; 1st honorable mention in the Zara Sabin Memorial category for “Ode to My Mess,” April 2020.

Readings/Events

Conferences and workshops

  • AWP Conference, March 4 – 7, 2020 – San Antonio, TX
    • Thursday, 11am – 3pm, conference check-in volunteer
    • Friday, 11am – 12pm, AWP Writer to Writer Bookfair Booth
    • Saturday, 7 – 9pm at Cherrity Bar “The End Will Not be Sugared: Contemporary Apocalypse Poetry” poetry reading
  • Rock Canyon Poets 5th Anniversary and Orogeny volume 5 release party, Pioneer Book, January 14, 2020 – Provo, UT
  • IWWG Webinar, session presenter, “Submit Your Writing Like a Pro,” January 12, 2020 – online webinar

Other notable publications/projects

  • Poetry STILL Happens curator for KRCL 90.9 RadioACTive community affairs program features
  • Interviewed 103 lit mags/journals for submission call posts
  • Published the fifth volume of Orogeny for my poetry group Rock Canyon Poets
  • Published the sixth volume of Inspired from my local community poetry workshop funded by Utah Humanities
  • Administered the second annual Provo Poetry POEMBALL Contest
  • Hosted Rock Canyon Poets monthly open mics poetry readings at Pioneer Book
  • Hosted Rock Canyon Poets monthly members workshops at Pioneer Book

My blog stats

My blog hit 17,000 followers last month that’s over 3,000 more followers gained in 2020. Here’s a quick comparison of previous years to this year. I published 213 posts in 2020.

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total Views 127,276 201,652 233,765 250,475 259,751 314,995
Total Visitors 71,460 110,023 117,493 125,373 132,291 160,427
Total Followers (as of May 2016) 1,000 6,770 10,073 12,164 14,437 17,288
Blog Post Likes (on WordPress) 1,135 2,497 3,957 2,797 1,894 1,566
Comments (on WordPress) 422 837 811 499 340 413
Click-throughs to other sites 83,212 158,343 156,174 164,110 157,488 514,177
Most popular post 15 international lit mags seeking English submissions Looking for a local poetry group or event? Need a word association generator? 14 NO FEE Chapbook Publishers and other Chapbook Listings Need a word association generator? 10 Free online poetry classes/workshops

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