August Update: Monthly Wrap Up

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It’s been 1 year since I created my “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website, but I’ve only been an active blogger since February of 2017. Nonetheless, another month is complete and below is my August Wrap-up!

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Key Metrics in August 2017

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 10,500 – Views (Grand Total of 50,929)
    • 3,804 – Visitors (Grand Total of 14,890)
    • 296 – Followers (Grand Total of 2501*)
    • 4,922 – Likes (Grand Total of 25,001)
    • 2,673 – Comments (Grand Total of 9,200)
    • 80  – Posts (average of 2.75 per day, Grand Total of 833)

 

*** August 2017 was not as popular as July 2017, but only by a little bit. Oh well! ***

Books Read in August 2017

In the month of August, I only read 3 books. I planned to read more, but since I started writing my second novel, I haven’t had as much time to read. I also finally managed to get above the 80% mark on NetGalley, so I think I’m on a good upswing. Click the image to access my book review.

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365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Yield (142)
  • Jumper (143)
  • Name (144)
  • Void (145)
  • Synergy (146)
  • Teenage Jobs (147)
  • Woof(148)
  • Brevity (149)
  • Surprised (150)
  • Vocal (151)
  • Matchmaker (152)
  • Routine (153)
  • College Jobs (154)
  • Dogmatic (155)
  • Published (156)
  • Busy (157)
  • Sleepy (158)
  • Kaleidoscope (159)
  • Beach (160)
  • Corporate Jobs (161)
  • Watchdog (162)
  • Inventory (163)
  • Work (164)
  • Push (165)
  • Comet (166)
  • Destiny (167)
  • Technology Jobs (168)
  • Doghouse (169)
  • Feedback (170)
  • Blank (171)
  • Me (172)

Book Bucket List

I continued the book bucket list project where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:

  • Book Bucket List
    • Reading “The Art of Hiding” by Amanda Prowse — August 2017
    • Selected “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo — September 2017
    • Added “Carnegie’s Maid” by “Marie Benedict

Tags & Awards

  • I was nominated for 28 award and tags, but I’ve been so focused on writing Father Figure, they are all sitting in a draft post. I hope to get to them soon. I appreciate everyone tagging me!

Film / TV Show Reviews

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

Genre / Author / Series Spotlight

I create an author page, list all the books or series they’ve written, link my reviews and provide a summary and overview of my experiences with the books.

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

What Age Do I Read This Book?

I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post.

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

Did I meet my August goals?

  • I set my August goals during the July month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 8  3  Busy Writing
Father Figure 4  4  On target
Tags / Awards 12  0  Busy Writing
Film & TV reviews 2  0  Busy Writing
Author Spotlights & Age / Genre Reads 4  0  Busy Writing
Watching a Glass Shatter 4  4  On target
365 Daily Challenges 31  31 On target
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

September 2017 Goals

  • 8 – New books read
  • 4 – General Blogs (author spotlight, summary, age/genre, tag or award)
  • 4 – “Father Figure” Posts
  • 4 – “Watching Glass Shatter” Posts
  • 30 – 365 Daily Challenges

Note: I’m on vacation 9/17 thru 10/1, so there will be a lot less posts. Sorry!

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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62 thoughts on “August Update: Monthly Wrap Up

    susandyer1962 said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Wow Jay, you had an awesome month! 28 tags?? I have 8 to do……guess we can bomb everyone this month then huh? Lol have a great NY weekend!!

    Liked by 1 person

    susandyer1962 said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Of course, what’s not to like? Except the state speed limit! I just came from 70 on the highways…….it’s going to take some time to get used to that! Hahaha

    Liked by 1 person

    Mel Gutiér said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Damn Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

    Mel Gutiér said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    I meant “Damn… Jay!” Not you… Promise.

    Liked by 1 person

    Nel said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Really gonna get around to that age/genre post…. hahaha! Better month than me though! September will be just as awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

      lol, too funny… i might have to get that one go for a bit!

      Liked by 1 person

        Nel said:
        September 1, 2017 at 9:34 AM

        Well i said I would do it last month and I have my stacked books ready to commentate, I just need to actually find free minutes to do it hahaha

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 9:38 AM

        hehe, I hear ya

        Liked by 2 people

    Noriko said:
    September 1, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    So detailed wrap up, as always! But doing 28tags?!? I wish I could puck tour brain to come up with questions and answers! 😂😂😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 1, 2017 at 9:38 AM

      I know, it won’t be fun.

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        Noriko said:
        September 1, 2017 at 9:45 AM

        Leave your brain in a place I can pick up when necessary, please lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

        yes, can do… it will be in a cloud somewhere

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        Noriko said:
        September 1, 2017 at 9:48 AM

        Cloud?? I don’t think I can find it! I’m awful with direction, I need GPS or detailed map showing the exact point where it is lol

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM

        You are hilarious. Love it. Don’t get lost please!!!!

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        Noriko said:
        September 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

        Yeah, yeah. When I get lost, you need to come pick me up lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

        Absolutely. I will do that.

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        Noriko said:
        September 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

        Thank you 🙂

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    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    September 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Very detailed wrap-up. Wow! You put everything in goals, even tags/awards. It’s a good thing. I just keep goal of reading 10 to 12 books rest of the things goes under ‘I will do so and so post if I got time’. 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 1, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      sometimes i think you have the better approach!

      Liked by 1 person

        Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        September 1, 2017 at 10:59 AM

        I have to keep it that way because main purpose of my blog is read and review, rest I’m doing for fun. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 11:04 AM

        Best approach. I have fun too but sometimes it’s a lot to keep up with. I can’t imagine how much free time I’ll have when the 365 Daily Challenge is complete, although I will probably fill that with another challenge!

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        Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        September 1, 2017 at 11:15 AM

        It’s true and even fun post takes a lot of time to think and type and post and then find nominees for tag/awards. So, I can see how much time you invest to write Your Daily Challenge posts and then you write book and read and tags!!! Sometimes I think you’re automaton. 😀 Oh, it just crossed my mind, did you write post on automaton in daily challenges??

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 11:26 AM

        I haven’t but now I will use that word next week and credit you. Thank you so much. 🙂

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        Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        September 1, 2017 at 11:27 AM

        Whoa! Big Thanks!!! 🙂

        Like

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    September 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    great wrap up! i am so glad, that you are on target with your books 🙂 the tags can wait 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    janieleeds said:
    September 1, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    You’ve been so busy Jay! It’s incredible and inspiring! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Tyler said:
    September 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    You’ve done amazing – congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

    Elizabeth said:
    September 1, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Wow! I’m truly impressed! *high five*

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    September 1, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    I think you had an amazing month Jay!! 28 tag posts?! You are at the point I was at last month but luckily in August I was able to do pretty much all of them. I only have two more left and I will be caught up. I hope you enjoy your trip and have fun with your family!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

      But I didn’t do all the tags. Most are started and saved but not completed. I owe them to everyone! I’m glad you caught up — such a good feeling, right? And thank you.

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        mistysbookspace said:
        September 1, 2017 at 1:34 PM

        Yes it is so nice to be caught up. At least you have them started I didn’t eve do that lol.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 1, 2017 at 1:36 PM

        I have 60 something in draft. I created the templates for all the 365 challenges in september since i’m away for 1/2 of it… so my WP is all about starting and stopping lately!

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        mistysbookspace said:
        September 1, 2017 at 1:37 PM

        After I catch up my plan is to as soon as I get tagged to at least draft the post immediately but we will see how that works for me.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    September 1, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Your stats are stunning. An absolute reflection on how much your blog is loved.

    Liked by 1 person

    Naty said:
    September 1, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    I look so much forward to reading The Bear and the Nightingale! Heard only good things about it.

    Also, 28 awards and tags is so impressive!!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

      Hope you enjoy it. I didn’t get to all the tags tho, so I have to find time soon!!!

      Liked by 1 person

        Naty said:
        September 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

        Tags take a very long time to answer indeed…

        Liked by 1 person

    Christy B said:
    September 1, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Great stats Jay! 80 posts this month is awesome 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Were you busy writing?

    Liked by 1 person

    roseelaineblog said:
    September 2, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    I feel exhausted just read it 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Martie said:
    September 2, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Impressive.

    Liked by 1 person

    Run Wright said:
    September 7, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    You’re so productive. I love this post.

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