Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Saturday, June 24, 2006


By Sariah S. Wilson

Our blog has a counter that keeps track of how many unique hits our blog site gets. The counter has all sorts of fascinating information - how many visitors we get a day, which day is our busiest, how many people coming to the blog are coming for the first time or are return visitors (which is almost always an even split).

I do have to admit to a slight obsession with the referral feature. I'm fascinated with how people find our site. Most are direct hits, where people have us as favorites or manually input the address. We get quite a few referrals from LDS authors' websites, such as Kerry, Julie and Jennie Hansen. We also get visitors from aggregate LDS blog sites such as Planet LDS and LDSelect. We get referrals from other blogs, which I enjoy clicking over to and perusing. We have a wide variety of bloggers who have linked to us. Some places I can't get access to, like and a site called Net Gator. I hope they're saying nice things about us there.

Get a lot of Google searches too. Usually things that have nothing to do with us as authors - people looking for LDS skit or talk or enrichment ideas, or girls camp or scout camp - we have a phrase or two that corresponds so we show up as a result even when we don't have any skit or talk ideas.

So here's the first ever Six LDS Writers and a Frog contest!

The prize is a $25 gift certificate to Target or Wal-Mart (you get to choose!) (I know a bookstore or Amazon gift card makes more sense, but there's a whole issue with publishers and booksellers and big chain bookstores and Amazon, which can get very messy and I'm going to stay away from). In order to enter yourself in the contest, you have to post a reply/comment to this post. In your comment, you have to tell me:

1 - How did you find this blog?

2 - How often do you come to the blog? (And if this is your first time because you were lured in by my all caps announcement, that's okay!)

For everyone that posts a comment, I'll put your name in a hat and pull out the winner next Saturday.

You can enter yourself as anonymous, but please distinguish yourself from all the other anonymous people out there. You can be StarTrekAnonymous or Anonymous4,682.5. Because when I announce the winner I can't just say "anonymous" won. It will be total anarchy.

You can only enter once (and we're trusting you to be honest), but I will give you two entries if you also answer Question 3:

3 - What sorts of topics would you like to see us blogging about?

The contest begins as soon as I get this post up and will stop at 12:00 p.m. EST next Saturday (July 1, 2006). I will announce the winner shortly after that. Said winner will then have to contact me by email, and tell me where to send their prize. If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, I'll pull another name.

This contest is not open to the authors on this blog. That means you, Rob.


At 6/24/2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous Jennie Hansen said...

All right, I'll play your game. I found this blog because of a notice about it on both a list and a forum I belong to, then Rob, Stephanie and Julie mentioned it. Next Kerry became a regular and I became a regular reader. Every morning I check my email, read Meridian, and now I read Six frogs, I mean Six Writers and a Frog too as part of my "warm-up" routine. As for what I like, just keep up what you're doing--sometimes a day in the life of . . , sometimes writing tips, sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking.

At 6/24/2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, a chance to win something! I'm always there when there's a chance to win something. I found this blog by means of a link posted in the Latterdayauthors Forum. I come here several times a day, because I'm ahead of you guys time-wise, and I'm always checking for the next update. I get so used to checking that I continue to click on the link out of sheer habit even when I've already read the latest update, but it doesn't matter, because then I just read it again.

I love reading everything you guys write, but as an aspiring writer myself, I especially like the parts where you talk about your writing careers. Maybe you could do that a bit more, and tell us about "the first time I submitted something" or "the most interesting experience I had in the publishing world" or "how my cat/dog/pet helps me write (or not)" or something like that. Or even, occasionally, good books that you guys have read and would like to recommend.

Melanie (hopefully "Anonymous" will not always be my middle name) Goldmund

At 6/24/2006 5:26 PM, Blogger KB said...

1. I found this blog because my good friend, Julie Bellon, is a contributor and she told me about it. (Yea, Julie!)

2. I check it almost every day. Sometimes I'll check several times in a day, if that day's post isn't up yet.

3. I like the topics that have to do with writing/publishing most. And I love it when Rob and Kerrie and Stephanie zing each other. That's funny.

4. I frequently tell others about the posts on this blog and send them the link. And after the blog had been up awhile and I realized it was going to be consistent and good, I did an e-mail blast to all my writer friends about it. (even though you didn't ask this, I think you should have. Do I get extra points?)

At 6/24/2006 5:33 PM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

4. I frequently tell others about the posts on this blog and send them the link. And after the blog had been up awhile and I realized it was going to be consistent and good, I did an e-mail blast to all my writer friends about it. (even though you didn't ask this, I think you should have. Do I get extra points?)
I was thinking maybe in a couple of months that I would run some sort of referral contest - where I would see where people were coming from to check the blog - as a way to thank that person for doing the most to spread the word. :)

And thank you, by the way. It's most appreciated.

At 6/24/2006 6:27 PM, Anonymous Marcia said...

Marcia M.
I found out about it through and check it about every other week. I would love to see you write more abot the intimate details of publishing in the LDS market.

At 6/24/2006 7:44 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Do I get extra points since it was my good friend KB who e-mail blasted it to all her writer friends (and she's got a lot of friends!) If I put myself down as JulieanonymousBellon can I be in it? It sounds so fun! :)

At 6/24/2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Vanessa said...

1. I've been reading you guys so long (almost since the beginning) I can't remember how I first found you. Probably some convoluted path via Rob. Yeah, that sounds right.
2. I visit 1-2 times a week and try to read everything.
3. Pretty much what you've done so far. A little about personal experiences, a little about writing, a little about the publishing world. It's the variety (and the humor) that's great about this blog.
/gushing finished

At 6/24/2006 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generic Adult Female (usually known as GAF) is entering the contest.
1) I found the site by blogsurfing from books are king at blogspot dot com. I'm not sure how I landed there, but I do know "six LDS authors and a frog" caught my eye--especially the part about the frog.
2)This is my second time to the blog. I've bookmarked it now so I can visit often.
3) Topic: "and a frog"

At 6/25/2006 1:04 AM, Blogger Mean Aunt said...

1. Stephanie Black told me about the site.
2. I read it several times a week and to find out what the E in Robison E Wells stands for
3. I am not a writer so I don't read it for writing tips/experiences/insight but for amusement--so I like the humor

At 6/25/2006 2:07 AM, Blogger oshee said...

I enjoy contests. So I'll play along.

1. I found this blog by googling "LDS blog".

2. I have you all on my bloglines so ever time there is a post I get it and I look it over. If it is a post I enjoy I pop over to the site and comment. (Seems to happen more frequently for your posts Sariah...that isn't flattery cuz this is a contest either. LOL)

3. I'd love to hear more about how you all got started in writing. Why you all decided to write LDS fiction versus only submitting to the National market, etc. I am an aspiring writer and have contemplated a length what market I want to work toward. I'd love to hear more about your own journeys getting to where you are. I do also enjoy hearing about your daily stuffs too. I love blogs. You are all gifted writers that make reading here a pleasure.

At 6/25/2006 12:04 PM, Anonymous mesolili said...

I love contests! Okay, let's see...

1. Stephanie Black told me about the blog back when she first joined it. I just had to come check out a blog that boasted not only Stephanie, but Rob Wells and Jeff Savage (authors of some of my favorite books). Since I have started coming here, Kerry Blair has joined, which is a great bonus, because she is a wonderful writer. I haven't read anything of Julie Bellon's or Sariah Wilson's, but that will soon have to change...

2. I check back here at the blog usually whenever I am on the internet, which is...every day, I guess. Although, I usually don't check on Sundays because I know there is no new content. But you should be pleased to know that this blog is the homepage on my desktop.

3. I love the mix of topics here, I love reading the humor, daily life, etc., but as an aspiring writer, I also like reading about the writing process. Publishing doesn't interest me as much, because I haven't really gotten to that stage myself, but I love reading about the art of crafting a good read.

At 6/25/2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Sandrine said...

1. I recieved one of your emails with a link to this blog from you Sariah.
2. I go to it probably 3 to 4 times a week.
3. I like what you guys are writing about. Suggestion: would love to see worthwile books that you guys have read and would like to recommend.

At 6/25/2006 5:16 PM, Anonymous Linda w said...

1. I saw a notice of it posted on LDSstorymakers.
2. I usually read it everyday.
3. I've liked the stories about life better than the thoughts on writing even, or maybe because I'm a writer.The reasons for this are too difficult to articulate in one or sentences.
But I enjoyed all the posts. They are fun at times and insightful at times. I'm glad to get to read them.

At 6/25/2006 8:50 PM, Anonymous tarame said...

1). I first heard about six writers and a frog from Covenant publishing. I receive a monthly e-mail from them telling about new and exciting things going on like this website. I actually used to work for a LDS bookstore closly associated with Covenant and used to read everything and anything that they published-- until I moved to Ohio to finish my undergrad :( . I have read Jeff and Kerry and Rob and I look forward to reading Julie and Sariah and Stephanie (I am taking the liberty of using your first names like I know you. I hope you don't mind).
2. Honestly I have checked this website multiple times to see if it had been updated. But there have been days where I have forgotten and then have to play catch up reading.
3. I like pretty much reading everything all the writers post. I like to know what my favorite writers are up to and the new books they are coming out with. I like the random day to day life stuff they write about. Even though I have no real interest to write a book of my own, I enjoy reading the advice they have to other readers. All postings by the writers give me a real idea about how well they write without editors. Keep up the good work!

At 6/25/2006 10:16 PM, Blogger annegb said...

1. Kaimi recommended it on Times and Seasons

2. I check in here almost every day.

3. I don't care, whatever you talk about is okay with me.

At 6/26/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger RobisonWells said...

1. I found it via the internets.

2. I check it every hour on the hour.

3. I really like to see my name in print, so let's have more of that. Rob Rob. Rob Rob Rob.

At 6/26/2006 11:45 AM, Blogger Sweebler said...

1. I found it because Stephanie Black is my sister and she threatened me (with what, I don't know) if I didn't read it.

2. I check the blog every day. Pretty much. Sometimes multiple times if I want to see what other people are saying in the comments.

3. I like the insights into the publishing world and the stories. (Although I'm still angry about the teenage girls and the "incident" Julie Bellon wrote about. What little twits!) Of course, I'd like to see Stephanie talk more about how wonderful her siblings (specifically me) are.

At 6/26/2006 11:59 AM, Anonymous Jennie said...

My daughters read this blog--all four of them, but I haven't been able to persuade any of them to enter your contest yet. I'll keep trying. They all love Kerry Blair and read everything she writes. Two of them are big Sci-fi fans and are avid Stephanie Black fans. And one of them keeps asking if Rob's new book is out--she has the same kind of off beat sense of humor. One is a librarian who puts all of your books on her "must buy" list as fast as they come out.

At 6/26/2006 11:28 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

All right, all right.....
The last time I won anything, my sister put my name in for two months worth of a diaper service.
(It was very nice, thanks) goes.
1. My mother (Jennie told me about it)
2. This is my second or third time.
3. I'm not a writer, but I love to read where ideas come from. I enjoy reading funny and serious topics. Keep it up.

At 6/27/2006 12:09 AM, Blogger John Ferguson said...

I saw your blog mentioned several times before I checked it out--authorsincognito mailing list, lds writers blogck blog, and I think I also heard Candace Salima mention it but I'm not sure anymore.

I subscribe to your blog through my rss reader, so I read every article posted, but I don't visit your site very often.

I enjoy not REALLY knowing what is going to be posted that day--sometimes serious, sometimes cheeky. I like to read about your writing adventures and misadventures. I will say I have enjoyed the "continuing stories" that extend beyond a single post.

At 6/27/2006 5:16 PM, Anonymous Tristi Pinkston said...

I found this blog because I heard it mentioned by Candace Salima and Stephanie Black. I'm still trying to figure out who the frog is. I check it about once a week and read that week's blogs. I enjoy pretty much all the posts, and can now say that I understand the reason why I had the overwhelming urge to tease Rob when I first met him.

At 6/28/2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Keith Fisher said...

I tried to post but messed it up I found out about this blog through a link on Authors incognito and I love the humor as well as the writing tips. I come to the blog about twice a week and my Name is Keith Fisher. AS for topics I love to read whats current in your lives. I can usually relate to what is said. you are all doing a great job. now if I can get this posted right. . .

At 6/30/2006 9:41 AM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

If I put myself down as JulieanonymousBellon can I be in it?

Yeah, I'm sure no one would get upset if JulieanonymousBellon won. ;)

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far - and good luck to you!

At 6/30/2006 8:11 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

1. Sister of Sariah Wilson

2. I check almost everyday, mostly because I laugh at least once each time.

3.Talk about me! Okay so you don't know me but whatever you guys talk about is great!


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