Happy New Year, everyone! Has this been a nutty, insane year or what?! Man, and we thought 2020 was bad with COVID. I think we can all agree that we need some return to normal here soon, right? Luckily, things here at the Farmer Legacy have been going well!
Since Chris has come on board with the Legacy, you might have noticed a stark improvement in the quality of the story posts. This directly results from Chris’ influence on my writing style, and his careful attention to detail. He continues to bless me and, by extension, this blog, with his insights and technical expertise.
In September, the rewrites of Generation One concluded with the passing of Charlie and Fran Farmer. Those rewrites afforded me a long opportunity to fall in love with them and their stories, ones that had only existed in my mind before I got them in print and shared with you. The one thing I wanted to do with their story was to end it with dignity and a conclusion worthy of their journey. I hope I pulled that off, with Chris’ help, of course!
Mid-October brought the beginning of another generational story with Destiny Farmer, the daughter and sole heiress of the Farmer estate. This generation is unique from its predecessor and successors in that it will be told from Destiny’s point-of-view, with an occasional shift to Arthur as the story progression dictates. Composing these stories in her voice presents its own challenges. It’s one that I accept in an attempt to grow as a writer.
The Legacy’s presence on social media continues to grow far beyond what I expected or imagined. Follows on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter have increased, though I don’t have exact numbers. On behalf of Chris and myself, thank you!
Now for the really fun stuff! Fifteen new chapters debuted this year, spanning three different generations. Besides Generation One’s conclusion, Destiny’s story and a pair of chapters for Danae and Andy (Generation Five) made their way to the blog this year. Here’s how it breaks down:
Generation One had eight chapters—beginning with Chapter 15-5, and ending with Chapter 20-2—containing 219 pages, and 91,337 words (this is a full-length novel unto itself!)
Generation Two had five chapters—beginning with the Generation Two prologue and ending with Chapter three—containing 150 pages, and 65,175 words.
Generation Five had two chapters—Chapter 35, parts one and two—containing 50 pages, and 19,237 words.
This amounts to fifteen total chapters, 419 pages, and 175,749 words. In terms of what’s considered a standard length novel, I’ve written the equivalent of two full-length romance novels this year. Holy cow!! Compared to last year’s twenty-one chapters, 271 pages, and 114,028 words, I can conclude I’m getting a lot more verbose! (Thanks, Chris!)
Blogger stats continue to be tepid. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2021, I’m seeing 168 total views with no followers. I suppose this isn’t terrible, considering that I haven’t promoted the site at all over the past year. I’ll give Blogger another year to catch on, and I’ll decide next year the fate of that site.
Now let’s get to the impressive stats: the WordPress site visits and views. In 2020, the WordPress site saw 374 visitors who viewed my stories and articles 751 times. In 2021, the visitor count spiked to 1,371 (a 367% increase!) with 2,053 views (a 273% increase!) My mind is blown. With your help, we’ve surpassed more than I ever thought possible on this blog, and I am humbled beyond measure. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Plans for the future? Well, I’m continuing the Generation Two rewrites into January and beyond, editing the manuscript that we’ve compiled for submission to an Indie publisher, and finishing the original prologue rewrite. If I’m able to finish the Generation Two rewrites in 2022, I’ll revamp and clean up Generation Three, though I don’t believe the St. John family needs a full rewrite. Some of their generation needs some polishing and tuning up. Overall, I’ve always liked their storyline, so I doubt I’ll change it much. I’d love to return to Danae and Andy in late 2022 to conclude their storyline and begin Generation Six with Elyse and Howie. We’ll see how it goes!
I would love to see the blog continue to grow in followers and reads, but I’ll need your help to do so. Please tell a friend (or two!) about The Farmer Legacy if you enjoy the stories. I would love your shares, follows and likes on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram if you feel so inclined. My email box is always open! Drop me a line to say “hi,” or to let me know how I can improve the site, or its content.
I am grateful for each of you who comes and reads the chapters as they’re posted. I’m happy to see the reach we have all over the world, from the US and Canada to China and South Korea, and everywhere in between. Chris and I thank you and wish you the very best in the coming year. We’ll see you back in Mid-January with Chapter Four of Destiny’s story.
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!