There are easier ways to sell books than through blogging

This sums up what my new blog is all about and could not be written in a better or more informative way. Well worth a read.

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At the recent Bloggers Bash, one of the questions asked was why people started blogging. Many bloggers came up with the same answer, because they’d been told they needed to have a blog as an author platform in order to sell their books. When asked if blogging had helped, the answer from everybody was ‘not really,’ and while the answer wasn’t a ‘no,’ it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

This isn’t my first blog. I started blogging three years ago with another blog all about my writing journey (because nobody had thought of doing that before, right?). Over time I got bored about writing about writing so decided to start this blog where I could write about about anything, and I often did. However, I always had that piece of advice in the back of my mind, an author needs a platform to help promote and sell their books.

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I love a good dongle!

Victor Habbick via freedigitalphotos.net

Victor Habbick via freedigitalphotos.net

Time was when the word ‘dongle’ either didn’t exist or if it did, it would have some obscure (more than likely risqué) meaning attached to it. Anyone under the age of fifteen would giggle at its mere mention. Alright, anyone above the age of fifteen too.

By necessity, I have however recently become acquainted with what a dongle actually is – when referring to it as a piece of technology (just in case anyone was still applying a very different meaning to it). My two recent encounters with these inanimate objects has left me rather impressed and I am now happy and proud to be a dongle lover.

My first experience was when my laptop somehow lost its WiFi capability. Having spoken to a technical expert who told me that all laptops had a shelf life of around three years (!) I drove to my nearest gadget shop and purchased a dongle that would give my laptop its WiFi back. Amazing.

This experience though did not end as anticipated. By the time I returned home and began to unpack the said dongle, my laptop realised its mistake and, clearly in fear of having another thing inserted into it, decided to re-acquaint itself with its own WiFi. The dongle found its way back to the shop.

My second encounter with a dongle has far surpassed this first experience and even now, a week or so after its purchase, I am still very much in love. What, you may ask, is this dongle?

Well…I don’t want you to get too carried away but…it’s a dongle that provides mobile WiFi. Ta da!

Okay, nothing new I know, but for me it’s awesome! I have this cute little thing that looks like a gear lever that I plug into a 12v (car or similar socket) and bam! I have internet.

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There are some who would argue that having internet everywhere is too much and I can see that point of view. I mean, seriously, do I need to be WiFi enabled in my car? Probably not. But hey, I am loving the fact that I am. And it is via that very dongle that I am able to post this right now. We are away on holiday in our little folding camper and because it has a 12v socket, the dongle came with me. No longer do we check we’ve packed our undies – oh no…we check we’ve packed the dongle. To be fair I did make sure that I packed something to wash with…

Joking apart though, this small piece of kit has totally amazed me. Technology today is way beyond anything we could have imagined back in the days of huge great big mainframe computers and ticker tape systems. To have something this small create a WiFi environment on the go is pretty much mind-blowing.

Just thought I’d share…

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And so it begins…

Special Announcement ImageI have to say, this is probably one of the most surreal things I have done in a long time. I have just created a whole new blog and have started talking to myself all over again because right now I have zero followers. Diddly squat.

You see, I used to have a blog, well in fact, I still do – a very successful blog by the name of Jade’s Jungle, however I have a confession to make. Jade was not real. She was my pen name, someone who was brave enough to put herself out there at a time when I was not. This blog though – this is the real me.

Why now? Why not carry on as Jade?

The best way to answer that really, is to tell you that I decided it was time to spread my wings and to show the world who I really was. It was something that eventually just felt right and even though my goals are exactly the same, I am no longer hiding behind my pseudonym. I am braving the world by myself. I didn’t have the confidence or the courage to put my writing, my blog, my novels out there and stand tall as me – and that is something that I have now, three years later, found.

If there is one thing that I have learned during my time with Jade, it is that the key to anything in life is to be yourself. I have realised that I spent so much time trying to do or say what I thought I should, rather than just actually, being me. And in that respect this blog is a completely new start.

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Of course it is a platform for my writing in the same way that Jade’s Jungle was and of course, it is a place for me to share my thoughts but I want it to be so much more than that. Having spent the last three years writing, battling the lows, celebrating the highs, I am finally ready to be completely proud of who I am. And that is what this blog is all about.

And for anyone reading this who loved Jade… I hope that you can forgive me and if you could see your way clear to supporting me here, then that would truly mean the world.

Thanks for reading,

Love A x