Blog tour stop #6

Hi everyone,

I’m so pleased that Michelle Kogan at Michelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing (https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/blog-tour-after-dark-poems-about-nocturnal-animals-by-david-l-harrison/?fbclid=IwAR3WcYEV2kz3UAHVSIfMBS49KRvZY59i7geSbSid08CKqwf19Vv9Klci5xs) is hosting tour stop #6 today. I’m grateful to Michelle, as I have been each day to my hosts — Kathy Temean, Carol Varsalona, Jane Heitman Healy, Sylvia Vardell, and Linda Baie. I’m truly blessed.

I’m put in the shade by the technical skills and ability to use social media by my hosts. I keep forgetting that this tour also has a hashtag that anyone can use to aid the cause: #AfterDarkBlogTour. Lots of tweets and FB notices too. What a learning curve I’m on!

In other matters, I learned yesterday that the most recent volume of SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHOR, the series of reference books about authors, came out in December. I’m in it and saw the draft some time ago of a rather lengthy article about my work, but I didn’t realize the book was now in print and making its way into library reference rooms around the country. Not many individuals will pop for a copy at the fancy price of $285. Not this individual anyway.

Blog tour schedule

Hi everyone,

Here we are in February 2020. How did that happen? Didn’t we just start this year? I only stopped wishing folks a Happy New year a little while ago. Wow!

Three weeks from tomorrow, February 25, is pub day for AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and my blog tour to help introduce the book begins one week from today on February 11. I’m very grateful for all the good people who have agreed to be hosts on the tour and give special thanks to Jena Benton for creating a beautiful graphic so everyone can follow the schedule. And thanks to Kerry McManus at Boyds Mills & Kane for suggesting a helpful hashtag: #AfterDarkBookTour to further boost the cause. I’m excited!

Here’s the graphic with a list of blog names and dates. In many cases I’ve been asked to respond to questions. In total my responses were 17 pages long. No one asked the same question! Renee La Tulippe asked for a video so I made one for the day she hosts.

Here’s the complete list of hosts. I hope you will check their blogs each day to say hi or leave a comment. Hosting an author with a new book takes a lot of work and I can’t thank them enough.

2/11/20 Tuesday
Kathy Temean at Writing & Illustrating
https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/
or http://www.writingandillustrating.com

2/13/20 Thursday
Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink
https://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com

2/17/20 Monday
Jane Heitman Healy at Read, Learn, and be Happy
http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.com/

2/18/20 Tuesday
Sylvia Vardell at PoetryForChildren
https://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com

2/19/20 Wednesday
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
https://www.teacherdance.org/

2/20/20 Thursday
Michelle Kogan atMichelle Kogan–Art, Illustration, & Writing
https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/

2/21/20 Friday
Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
http://janicescully.com

2/24/20 Monday
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
http://reflectionsontheteche.com

2/25/20 Tuesday – PUBLICATION DAY!
Jena Benton at Simply 7
https://jenabenton.com/category/simply7-interview/

2/26/20 Wednesday
Renée LaTulippe at No Water River
https://www.nowaterriver.com/

2/27/20 Thursday
Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

2/28/20 Friday
Matt Forest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
https://mattforrest.wordpress.com/

3/2/20 Monday
Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
https://irenelatham.blogspot.com/

3/3/20 Tuesday
Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/?p=950&preview=true ` `

And the winner is . . .

Hi everyone,

Eight kind souls have reviewed and posted comments on Amazon.com about A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m most grateful. As promised, I put your names in a hat (literally) and drew out the winner. Linda Baie will get a free signed copy, which I’ll mail to her as soon as I can. Linda, congratulations. I realize you already have one copy but perhaps it won’t hurt to have a backup. I’ll be in touch to see how you would like this one signed.

Year-end wrap-up

Hi everyone,
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For those of you who blog, you’re probably receiving an annual report on how your blog performed during 2013. Here are a few tidbits from mine. I know that there are many blogs that are more active than mine, more professionally done than mine, and draw far more visitors than mine. Still, this one suits me and I have no aspirations to make fundamental changes for 2014. There are times when I scarcely have time to post at all but those of you who regularly drop by to see what’s up are a forgiving group and graciously allow me to sit in the corner for a while to catch up on other obligations. I thank you for your understanding and I thank you for visiting this site as often as you do.

During 2013, the blog was viewed about 57,000 times by people in 150 countries. The most visitors came from the United States, France, and Canada. The way the report reads, it would take roughly the equivalent of 23 sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for that many people to see it.

I posted 260 times in 2013, bringing the total since 2009 to 1,264. The day with the highest visitor count was March 9 with 2,698. The post was my poem, “The Song of the Tree Frogs,” which originally appeared in 2010.

Of the 5 most popular posts during 2013, only one was posted for the first time during the year and that was when J. Patrick Lewis, who was then our nation’s children’s poet laureate, issued a new poetry challenge on my blog.

Of the list of top five attractions, one appeared for the first time in 2013; three first appeared in 2010; and one came from 2009. A post about poems for two voices — featured in PARTNER POEMS, the book I did with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett, made the list twice, once from its 2009 post and again from when I repeated it in 2010.

The most comments were left by Linda Baie, Catherine Johnson, Jeanne Polond, Jane Heitman Healy, and Matt Forrest.

My thanks to one and all for joining the fun around here during 2013. I am always surprised by the numbers involved in social media communications. Thank you for your comments throughout the year to let me know that you’re there and that you find things to like here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

David

Vegas and Boston

Hi everyone,

Here’s a shot of the Las Vegas Marathon while we were there. I heard that it involved 35,000 runners.
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At NCTE I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get any pictures but Linda Baie was kind enough to take one of Sandy and me Sandy and Davidand someone else took a picture of Georgia Heard and Laura Purdie Salas with me at breakfast.photo Do I know how to pick glamorous women or what!