In 2009 I decided to self-publish a selection of Children’s Poetry I had written at university as a way of developing web design skills which I thought would be useful to my freelance blogging work. Reading Juice was the result.
Over time the website evolved into a website of Children’s Poetry, published under the name Mark Megson. It was an opportunity to experiment with creative writing and illustration as well as create fun and shareable content with a highly targeted audience.
At its peak Reading Juice attracted over 8,000 unique visitors a month, had a bounce rate of 35%, and an average of 4 pages per session. In 2017 I redeveloped the site to improve the user experience and quality of the content. This involved editing, and in some cases removing, some of the poems, vectorising the artwork, and completely redesigning the site using WordPress.
Some short stories that were once published on the site caught the attention of American children’s book publisher Aviva Gittle, which resulted in myself and Aviva co-writing the book The Boy Who Bounced to the Moon.