It's just over two years since alienson.com went live, and May 26 marks the day Google Analytics began keeping tabs on the site.
Since that day there have been 3533 visitors, who have clocked up 6807 visits and 15294 pageviews. These numbers are peanuts compared to many other sites, but for the son of humble dairy farmers from a tiny town in the Gippsland region of Victoria it's pretty exciting.
I remember asking myself after I began work on Black Dog, "Who am I to think I can write a novel?" I have always loved writing, but this time I felt like I'd bitten off more than I could chew. I've never had much confidence in myself, and I have a bad habit of beginning things and never finishing them, so you can probably imagine the sense of achievement (and a little surprise :)) I felt when I completed the story.
I haven't heard from anyone who identified themselves as a teenager—my target audience—but I have received emails from readers who told me how Black Dog helped them. In a couple of cases Michael's realisation that he needed to forgive his attacker struck a chord with men who had been struggling with the aftermath of trauma for many years.
It seems that only a small proportion of people who read stories online actually contact authors, but those who do make it all worthwhile. It's especially gratifying to know that my efforts have helped people.
Thank you readers!