Recently the number of hits on The River Landing weblog passed the 20,000 mark. To me this seems pretty significant. When I started The River Landing in 2008, I was not really sure what to expect. I mainly wanted to establish a web presence in order to market my upcoming book Side Channels: A Collection of Nature Writing and Memoir, which was published in 2011. But the Internet is a big "place." I never really expected too much.
As far as using the weblog as a book marketing tool, the idea was only mildly successful. At the same time, The River Landing has evolved into something more: It has been a strong motivation for me to write in order to keep the weblog viable for search engines. I have tried to post once per month, and I am usually working on one idea or another for the next post. This has been a highly satisfying experience, and it has given me confidence to continue writing.
It has been said that one way to improve one's writing is to write more often. I hope that has been the case as a result of The River Landing. But of course, I am not the best judge. To celebrate the 20,000 mark, I am providing links below to my three favorite posts.
Bur oak tree, leaves, and acorns.
Dead canopy oak at Funk's Grove Natural Area.