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A Blast from the Past

I was startled looking at my website today when I saw the hit counter, which tells me the site has had more than 23 million hits since December of 2000.

Of course, I have to put that in perspective. It's really just the same forty-two people coming back again and again to see if DANCE is done yet, isn't it?

(I suspect the Not A Blog actually gets MORE visitors than my main site. A mention here -- of a forthcoming appearance, a book sale, a news item -- seems to generate a lot more response than anything on my Appearances page, my Signed Books page, or my News page).

No point to any of this, just... hey, 23 million hits, that's kinda cool...

No telling how many of you have actually been around since 2000, and how many found my site and/or the Not A Blog just last week. Some of you newcomers, though, might enjoy giving a listen to the series of podcasts I recorded back in 2005, to promote A FEAST FOR CROWS. (I assume you old timers have heard them all already). They're all at


I imagine I will be doing more of these when DANCE WITH DRAGONS comes out. I'll need to think up some more topics. (Maybe "Deadlines, and Why They Should Never Be Missed" would be a good one). Meanwhile, these may entertain and enlighten those of you who haven't heard 'em.

And try not to laugh TOO hard at the part where I say I hope to finish DANCE by the end of the year. I really meant it, honest.


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Mar. 8th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
I always go to your website before coming to the LJ page. And usually several times a week. But I doubt I'd still make the "top 42."
Mar. 8th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
I have been checking your website at least twice a week for the past four years, so i believe its safe to say 50% of your 23 million hits is from your top 1000 fans.
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
You totally set up a new way to phrase the tired, old question....


Mar. 9th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Speaking of your popularity, I was wondering if you'd seen this webcomic where you're namedropped

Mar. 9th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm trembling of fear and rejoice when I think of the day ADwD is finally published. At the pace it is going and the growth rate, I think it will have ~2,000 pages (a dream, but it will be extremely difficult to find time enough to read it).
Mar. 11th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
New to GRRM/Not a Blog
I'm one of the new ones (started reading books August 2009) and have been visiting Not A Blog eagerly awaiting the new book! Cheers!
Mar. 12th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
"It's really just the same forty-two people coming back again and again to see if DANCE is done yet, isn't it?"

Having given the rest time to kiss up, I'll answer. Of course! Well, a tad more than 42 I suspect. :-)

And we'll keep showing up until it's done too!

Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Support and comprehension
George, I have to tell you to things.

First, thank you. I´m a young spanish writer (25) with several tales on various anthologies and probably my first novel soon hitting the shops.

You can´t really imagine (I mean, you obvious can, because you feel the same for sure once upon a time) what it means to a young writer like me swallow your work and learn from it to understand, polish and improve my own work.

All writers owe you a ton of Beers.

Second, I understand perfectly well where you are with "A Dance with Dragons". Last year, interviewing Clive Barker in Sitges, he told me one thing that stoods in my heart in words of fire and ice: "There are other voices".

The only things that writers do is listen the song and hope for don´t screw it putting in words.

I listen a couple of ones by myself. And I know that don´t matter what a great listener you are, because is the voice fades out, your alone in the darkness, with nothing to say except empty words.

So don´t worry for the time. We´ll wait. Because we love our songs.

PD: And thank you, thank you, thank you for the great interview that you have with us (I´m the editor of contents in Scifiworld) when you visited Spain. You´re more than loved in our home.

Thank you, master.
Apr. 26th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
waiting for Dances with Dragons
I'd like to represent the the slightly less patient readers who would now accept ANYTHING having to do with the story line of Arya Stark! Anything at all. The last of her chapters was such a cliff hanger. Could you please, please perhaps update your "Fire and Ice Sample" section with a bit of her story.

I've read, then reread all your books. I have each one in both hardcover, and paperback, and have now finished them in audio format. Sure there are other good books to read. I have enjoyed Robin Hobb greatly, and other recommendations. However, I am now officially desperate, and ready to read Dances with Dragons.


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