You might be a first time visitor to this site, or an old friend coming back to see what’s happening with Strong at the Heart, or someone who needs information now.
It’s been a year and a month and a week since this website went up and I started this book blog.
Bloggingâ€”as many have observedâ€”is both an intimate and an annonymous experience. Well, I’ve chosen to not be annonymous. But who are the other participants?
Who comes to this website? Besides you, who reads this blog?
Of course, I hear from many of you via email and posted comments. So I know my sister visited the site when a friend asked her for a good book on sexual abuse for very young childrenâ€”the day after I put up the review of Mia’s Secret.
Several adult men have written about the effect of reading the book or seeing the photos. As one put it, “This is the first time I have looked into the face of another man who was sexually abused.”
Researchers and librarians write to say they find the booklist helpful. Teens trying to get out of abusive situations, survivor activists, therapists, concerned parents, children’s book folks–you are a varied group of correspondents. I enjoy hearing from all of you.
what you want
My stats program lets me see what terms visitors have typed into the search engines that bring them to these pages (but not who the visitors are, of course).
stories of strong teens
child abuse true stories
how do you heal from sexual abuse
recovery from molestation
Marisca Hagrity (our pages are linkedâ€”she recommends Strong at the Heart!)
The above are some of the most frequent search terms. Then there are the heartbreakers:
how to get help for teen offenders
help for sibling abuse
how to stop incest
can kids heal from molestation
These are the courageous kids and adults who are looking for resources and referrals. It’s a privilege to be a stop on their journeys.
Then, of course, there are a few lost souls looking for sex sites. But I figure that anyone who makes it here may encounter information they didn’t know they needed to find.
where you go
After this blog and the home page, the most popular pages are books and films and favorite websites. But a constant stream of visitors explore all the pages. The help pages are popular as is the order page (thank you!) and the bio page (go figure!)
where you come from
Links, of course, bring me a lot of readers from sites like Wikipedia where Tony Sandal started an excellentâ€”although constantly changingâ€”book list. Rape Crisis centers link to these pages, as do book blogs and interviews like Cynthia Smith‘s excellent pages on children’s authors. Awards lists also bring me readers. And I’m always happy to see new blog links and feeds.
Search engines postfixes include uk, ca, de, ie, ro, in, no, pl, th, se, il, fr, tr, es—and on and on. Some hits come through translation services. The readership is truly world wide.
When I started blogging I thought I would simply record the first year in the life of the book. But plans have a way of changing.
I didn’t even notice the first year anniversary (October 27th) I was so busy preparing to speak at Healthy Teen Network, California Library Association, and the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in early November.
Interest in Strong at the Heart isâ€”wellâ€”as strong as ever. The readership on the site continues to grow. The book is selling well and reaching new audiences. I learn so much from the people who write to me.
So I’m keeping on.
Thanks to you for reading. And thank you to all who write in. I am grateful for every person who makes it to this site.