Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

HTTPS Conversion Traffic Changes

HTTPS Conversion Traffic Changes

 #1401002  by Ryan from 
 13 Jun 2018 18:56


I know I need to do it but I'm nervous to change to HTTPS because of the possible drop in traffic that can occur. 

Looking to get a feel for what others have experienced. 

For those that have made the switch to HTTPS... 

1. Did your traffic drop, stay the same, or increase post conversion? 

2. And what was the percentage change either way (up or down)? 



1. Did your traffic drop, stay the same, or increase post conversion? 

It increased, but I'm not sure if it was a result of the https change or not, because I also changed my template/layout/made mobile friendly/etc at the same time, so there was a combination of factors going on all the same week. I figured, gotta make one big change, and the other changes needed doing too, might as well do everything all at once and get it over with.  

2. And what was the percentage change either way (up or down)? 

It was around 15% - 20% increase, not sure the exact % figure. I went from around 8,000 to 10,000 views a month to around 14,000 to 17,000 views a month (from around 300 views a day before https to around 500 views a day after https).

I didn't do any changes in marketing or promotion or social networking. My process in that remained same as before, so the only change was https, along with mobile friendly template, and moving my layout around to make it easier for visitors to find stuff (changed my navabar - remove the dropdown navabar completely and replaced it with links in a header bar at the top and added a list of my top 500 most visited pages to the sidebar - there are 3,000+ pages). Thus I'm not sure how much of the traffic change was caused by the https change and how much was caused by making my site mobile friendly and making it easier to find pages to visit?  

Overall, doing things to improve the site, resulted in improving traffic. I know 300 a day to 500 a day might not be that much, but, I'm a very small niche topic so that's kind of huge when you consider the lack of popularity in my topic to begin with. A site with a more popular topic might find that to be an insignificant increase.

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