A Question To All Who Read or Write Or Review Books And To All Book Bloggers

Do you think/know if reviewing a novel and posting that review on social media such as a blog or Facebook or the publishers website  etc has any impact on how well a novel is received or how well it sells?  I am really keen to hear your views. Are you influenced by online reviews? Why do you blog?




Thank You and a Gift

Tonight I have passed 500 views on my blog -I have been blogging for 2 months!   I don’t know how you feel about this number but for me it is exciting and I am so happy to have  my efforts read and to have met (in cyber space) people from around the globe who maybe share my interests or views or read my reviews or who have just popped in to say hi.  Thank you for validating my efforts and giving me a reason to continue with this pursuit. 🙂 🙂 🙂

My Gift to You

My Gift to You

Best Australian Blog




I have decided to enter the Best Australian Blog competition. A bit presumptuous I know but you have to be in it to win it and I figure that by being involved I will have to pay more attention to my blogging, to putting up more content and to providing more reviews. I will have to be serious about blogging and I think that I am already at that serious stage; I could write a post a day or sometimes more, I enjoy the process so much.  

I have found blogging to be a particularly satisfying way to share my thoughts and opinions and love to get feedback and comments from you, the reader. It is a great way to reach other like minded people and make new connections. I am addicted. 

I have entered the Best New Blog category, which is specifically designed for bloggers who have less than 6 months experience. For the moment all I have to do is … grow my blog! Sounds easy doesn’t it?  All you have to do is read, comment LIKE. I think you you have it easier 🙂  

More…when the inclination strikes!



Post Script: Born to Blog – Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time – Mark W. Schaefer and Standford A. Smith



Born to Blog – Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time

Mark W. Schaefer and Standford A. Smith

McGraw-Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071811163


Launch a business and ignite a movement with a powerhouse blog!

Born to Blog is filled with practical, street-smart techniques and ideas to help you create and manage a winning business blog. Learn how to attract a loyal following, promote your blog, and write powerful content that generates new business.

My View:

This was a fascinating introduction to the mysterious world of blogging, a world I have recently started to explore. I hungrily devoured the pages of useful and reassuring information. It was important to me to hear experts validate some of my own discoveries;

  1. Write about your passions. (p.15)
  2. It takes time to find your blogging voice. (p.15) ( This is so true)
  3. Authentic helpfulness and reciprocity go along way. ( p.15)
  4. Your community has to be built patiently….. And like anything in life blogging takes a commitment. (p.16)
  5. It is not unusual to start in one direction and then end up someplace else! (p.17)

Schaefer and Smith guide the reader through two scenarios – personal and business blogging and share some of their strategies for a successful foray into both categories. The writing is clear; the messages are delivered simply and supported by personal stories of trials and successes.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have already put some of the advice into practice in my blog.  Blogging is addictive – I can vouch for that. It can be immensely satisfying to put words onto a virtual page and even more satisfying to have others comment or *LIKE my posts. I was not really interested in reading the specific material aimed at the business blogger, however I was able to apply some of the knowledge shared here to my personal writings.

Reading this book made me feel like I was taking part in a supportive “think tank.” And it did make me think and surely that is the best measure of any book.