#TopTenTuesday Authors With A Fun Social Media Presence (If It Had Been Invented Then)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Authors Who Have A Fun Social Media Presence. I decided to have some fun myself and imagine how authors around before social media was invented might have used it.


Ernest Hemingway – Lots of check-ins on Facebook and reviews on TripAdvisor. Curiously they’re all for bars and mostly posted when the midnight bell has tolled.

Agatha Christie – She’s just messaged that she’s on the train. Oh dear, it’s the Orient Express

T.S. Eliot – loads of cute pictures of cats on his Instagram account

Oscar Wilde – demonstrating the art of the witty put down in 180 characters

Dorothy Parker – ditto (and you should see some of the comments in her WhatsApp group)

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, collectors of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ fairy tale – they’re used to dealing with trolls

Charles Dickens – perfect for The Pigeonhole app, releasing your latest book in instalments. Why is #LittleNell trending on Twitter?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – revealed to his online book club their next read will be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Oh, and he really should not have run that Twitter poll asking ‘Should I kill off Sherlock Holmes?’

George Orwell – Shares his views on his YouTube channel at thirteen o’clock every day which, strangely, appears on all your devices whether you’ve subscribed or not.

The Brontes – The latest pages recounting events in Angria and Gondal but you really have to zoom in to read them

BlogTalk: My Blog’s Vital (And Not So Vital) Statistics

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Recently WordPress was kind enough to alert me to the fact I’d published 1,000 posts on What Cathy Read Next since its inception in November 2016.  Woohoo! This prompted me to have a little delve into the other statistics available on WordPress…


Posts with the most views: My review of After The Party by Cressida Connolly (1,466 views) followed by my review of Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (496 views)

WWWWednesdaysMost popular day for views: Wednesdays (that will be down to the WWW Wednesday meme hosted by the fabulous Sam at Taking on a World of Words)

Average comments per post: From 1.6 in 2016 to 6 in 2019 (Don’t you all like to chat…)

Most faithful follower: Jill at Jill’s Book Café (since 1st December 2016).  Thank you, Jill!

Chatterbox (Most number of comments left, excluding myself): The lovely Nicki at The Secret Library with 66 comments

Strange but true search terms:

– is the word is murder a true story                         (Er, no)
– what is the third things about elsie                        (Sorry, no spoilers here)
– “feel his ankle” + fiction                                            (No idea either)
– is alex dahl author married                                     (This is a book blog, not Tinder)
– personal message to stressed blond woman        (???)

Views from far flung places (countries that generated 1 view):

Aruba             Liberia                        Gambia
Benin              Botswana                   Reunion
Cape Verde    Vanuatu                      St Kitts & Nevis


What fascinating or curious facts do your blog’s statistics reveal?