Last March, a questionnaire from my literary agent about my social media presence prompted me to finally join Facebook and Twitter. The very next day on March 23, 2015, I started this blog. Initially, I wasn’t sure which direction I would go in, however, in real life I’m a crackerjack researcher and—according to my last boss—I write exceptionally compelling briefs. Since my latest book hadn’t sold yet and I had no blurbs or buy links to post, I decided to focus my skills on the subjects I love best: 19th century Romance, Literature, and History.
As of today, MimiMatthews.com has had over 196,000 hits. It has been featured as a WordPress Editor’s Pick and my articles have been linked on the websites of academic institutions, animal organizations, and many others. I have even seen my articles cited in undergraduate papers and assigned to students as additional reading!
I have no idea what the one year mark of a successful blog looks like, but I feel incredibly fortunate to have received such a great response. I am especially thankful to all of you who comment regularly. Even when I love an article, writing a comment is often a chore. The fact that you take time to leave your thoughts on my posts means a great deal to me and I try very hard to respond to every comment.
There is no new article today, though I will have a fresh Animals in Literature and History post for you on Friday. In the meantime, here are five of my favorite articles from my first full month of blogging way back in April of 2015!
- Law Meets Literature: Bleak House and the British Court of Chancery. Posted on April 6, 2015, this article on Chancery dysfunction is actually a Reader’s Digest version of a substantive paper I wrote in my third year of law school under the supervision of the legendary Geoffrey Hazard.
- Wolf Hall and Sir Thomas More: Historical Fact vs. Historical Fiction. Posted on April 8, 2015, this article is an edited version of another substantive paper I worked on with Prof. Hazard. I rewrote it last year, shortening it and adding the sections on Wolf Hall.
- Eos: A Brief History of Prince Albert’s Favorite Greyhound. Posted on April 24, 2015, this was the second animal article that happened to land on a Friday and the first to include animal rescue links. I consider it to be to the official “first post” of my Animals in Literature and History series.
- Austen, Heyer, and the Prince of Orange: Pugs in Literature and History. Posted on April 30, 2015, this article was lots of fun to research and received such a great response from Jane Austen fans and Pug fanciers. It also allowed me to quote Georgette Heyer, which is always a bonus!
- Mary Wollstonecraft and the Historical Romance Heroine. Posted on April 26, 2015, this article combines both romance and history. I need to do more like this! The romance portion of my Romance, Literature, and History tagline has been severely neglected of late.
Well, that about wraps it up for this anniversary post. Thank you all again for reading, sharing, and commenting on my articles. Here’s to the next year researching and writing on 19th century Romance, Literature, and History!
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