Happy 2nd Anniversary, Stories by Williams!

happy-anniversaryI got a friendly little notification this morning. As it turns out, it was two years, twenty four months, and one-hundred and four weeks ago that I started this blog and began sharing my writing and inane thoughts to the general public. My apologies public, but we’ll get to your grievances later. Right now, I want to put those two years into a perspective using a few numbers I gathered.

As the song from Rent says “Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes… how do you measure, measure a year?” Well, up that to two years and you’ve got one-million, fifty-one thousand, two-hundred minutes, and the following numbers, according to my latest stats check. In the past two years I’ve managed to gather:

  • 238,972 hits
  • 8,778 likes
  • 4,461 comments
  • 977 posts
  • And most importantly of all, 1,945 followers!

I have to say, those are some nice numbers and they make me smile! And so does the prospect of doing this for the foreseeable future. There’s still a moment that I feel I’m building towards, some kind of climax this site and what I want to accomplish with it hasn’t quite met yet. Don’t know what that is yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, I’m pretty happy with how this site has worked out for me. People always start writing with a purpose, and they take all that public once they’ve decided they want to share it. As for me, I guess I just wanted to say something relevant that mattered to people, and to know that the message was received. Thanks for being on the receiving end folks!  And please feel free to keep tuning in! The show’s just getting started…

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Searching for a new name…

KeplerIt was put to me recently that this site was in need of some rebranding. And I had to admit, she had a point. Storiesbywilliams doesn’t exactly paint an accurate picture of all that goes on here does it? It was a fair name back when I first started it, as a humble indie author hoping to showcase his own writing. But this site has evolved since then, so its only fair that the name evolve too.

So then… what to call this site? I’ve been thinking on it for the past day and have been coming up with too many possibilities, and yet none of them seem like a perfect fit. So I thought I’d do something that’s in keeping with the theme of this site and crowdsource it! I have a list of prepared names, but would love some suggestions.

I’m going to something that says science fiction, science and tech, astronomy, current events, fandom, nerdom, geekdom, video games, comic books, movies, literature, history, and the travails of writing. But nothing else! Don’t want to be overstepping my bounds here…

150,000 Views! Thank You!

Just a quick post to say, my site has just reached 150,000 views today! Yaaaaaay! These milestones do get less exciting, the more there are, but it’s likely to be awhile before I reach 200,000. I figure, now’s as good a time and milestone to celebrate as any. And I could use some picking up, considering the week I’ve had!

For one, I got sick this week, which is sucky enough. However, that was coupled with the worst day of work I’ve ever had. It started got called in to fill in for an EA in my school’s kindergarten room the night before. I thought I might be well enough to work, but found that after a night of restless tossing and turning, I was exhausted and had a wicked headache!

But wouldn’t you know it, no one was available, so I decided to suck it up. And of course, the children chose that day to be especially rambunctious! I tell ya, sugar is like crack to kids, a terrible epidemic! And I don’t want to go into details, but suffice it to say, helping kids with special needs can be quite demanding, especially when they’re little guys! And today,s till sick and headachy, I’m trying to get better so the wife and I can go help her brother move tomorrow. I love moving…

So in the midst of the blahs, it’s nice to be reminded of something positive. I got nothing in the world to complain about, and hope people everywhere are having as stress-free a week as they possibly can! I also promise to be getting back on my writing and editing duties, so those who are waiting on notes from me, trust that they will be coming shortly. Thank you all for making this site an enduring possibility, and good night!

100,000 Hits! Best-Milestone-EVER!

Wow. I’d like to thank my family, my wife, my cat Jasper, all my lovely friends, and of course, all the people who’ve helped to make this possible. Those would be the people who have chosen to follow my blog and even just come by to read what I’ve had to say over the past few years. Lord knows you’ve had plenty of choices in how to spend your internet time – which as we all know, costs way too much – and I’m pleased that you’ve chosen to spend some of it on me.

Over the next few weeks, I hope you stick around to see what else I’ve got on store. There’s plenty more Whiskey Delta on the way, plus a series of posts dealing with advances in technology – not to many though, I feel like I’ve been on a real nanotech and singularity bender lately! – and some (hopefully) big news regarding a certain novel named Data Miners. Possibly some anthology news too…

Thanks again, y’all. As far as milestones go, this is the biggest one I’ve experienced yet. Couldn’t have done it without you, so please feel free to stick around as I continue to unwind my pedigree. And if you yourself are an aspiring writer or are just fascinated with expressing your thoughts, let me know where I can share with them with you. Take care and see you real soon!

Great Day!

Good news everybody! Thanks to my good friend Thomas Saxon, who recommended I check out the social utility site Reddit, I now have a whole new forum to publicize my writing. Ever since I began posting links to my articles there, I’ve picked up an additional infusion of traffic. In fact, as of 10:30pm this evening, I reached 1370 hits, with more than half of it coming from Reddit itself! And that was day one. I can’t wait to see what day two holds…

I don’t know about you but 1370 hits equals a great day for me. In honor of that I thought I might share my favorite music video of all time, which just happens to be “Great Day” by Lonely Island. When I first saw it, I laughed so hard I started coughing profusely. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And to those of you who follow me, let me recommend Reddit as a utility. Just add it to your publicity settings and link to it whenever you publish an article you’re particularly proud of.

I Would Like to Thank the Academy…

Well, not so much the Academy, what have they done for me lately? Really, the person I need to thank is the one who nominated me for not one, but two awards: Maryam, aka. Caracaleo. Apparently, I’m doing something right in her eyes, otherwise I doubt she’d have given me the nod here. Or to be quote her words:

“This blogger is my hero. Amazing posts. Great keep up with publishing. Not to mention an amazing ability to write and talk about things I find fascinating.  Therefore it is my honor to present not one, but two awards.

Excuse me a moment… I can’t stand praise it makes me all… gushy! Okay, all better. And now, as is customary for these awards, I shall answer the five following questions as best I can:

  1. Why do you blog?
    I started blogging two years ago as part of my ongoing efforts to promote myself as a writer. However, I’ve found that having a site and being able to share your thoughts, not just on your own work but anything really, can be a very fun and rewarding experience. These days I blog mainly so I can keep up with people, share new and interesting ideas, and hear from others and what they think. It’s become more of a way to maintain relationships than promote anything, thought I still like to do that from time to time 😉
  2. What do you hope people get from your blog?
    Honestly, I just hope they come away feeling entertained, enlightened, or both if possible. Everybody’s got their share of loves and interests, but what’s really awesome is being able to share those things with other people and knowing that they enjoy them too. I always feel good about my site and my writing whenever someone says my passion is “infectious”. It lets me know that I’m making a positive impact.
  3. Are you happy?
    Yes I am, thank you for asking. Sure, I wish I had more money, I wish I got paid to write, I wish I could go on tour and talk to people face to face more often. But right now, I’ve got everything I could possibly want. My wife, my cat, our home, our community, we live in BC, one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I got plenty of people who tell me they think I’m a good guy and good writer. Who could ask for anything more?
  4. Chocolate , Vanilla, or Strawberry?
    Damn… I think I’ll have to go with Chocolate, though Vanilla is lovely with some melted chocolate or Nutella spread on top. But I can’t really discount Strawberry from the mix, it’s great with chocolate and hazelnut spread too. Oh, this is the hardest question yet!
  5. What are your two favorite bands?
    Now that is a tough one, but for the moment I would have to say Big Sugar and Peter Gabriel. The former are a Canadian Rock/Jazz/Blues ensemble that have been around years and are just plain kick-ass! I own most of their albums, have seen them numerous times in concert, and even got their farewell compilation CD autographed. As for Peter Gabriel, he’s an old favorite who’s classic rock and world beats have always been inspiring to me. While he can tough to classify sometimes, and a little weird and esoteric, no one can doubt that he’s an inspired artist who has plenty to say. And he always dressed classy!

Okay, that’s all I got for those questions. Hopefully those who read this will feel they know me a little better, which is always the point of these things isn’t it? In sharing with other people, we learn that we are never alone, that there are plenty of others out there just like us, and that we grow by the constant exchange of ideas, support, and experiences. This is why I blog, people. Thanks to Maryam for reminded me of this. Peace out :)!