Book Review - Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body by Jo Marchant

Friday, February 12, 2016

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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body
 by Jo Marchant

The connection between mind and body during illness has long been at the center of a hot debate between the scientific and lay community, especially in Western medicine. Opinions tend to the extremes. Medical convention usually downplays the effect of the mind on healing. On the other end, New-Age nature babies babble about auras and essences. (Commune with the Earth Mother, and while you’re at it traipse through the woods and hug a squirrel.) In a balanced scientific approach, Marchant, a geneticist and medical writer, offers a thoughtful examination of the evidence in an attempt to answer the question: can aspects of the mind be harnessed to cure the body?

Placebos and Stress
Marchant investigates medical conditions with mental components. Placebos, for example, are a staple of medical testing, purposely concocted to have no effect on patients, yet they can. Placebos don’t change anything a person is not consciously aware of, such as cholesterol levels. However, Marchant notes in certain instances they are able to significantly alter pain, and can work better than, or as well as, prescription medications.  So much so, that even when people know they’re given a placebo, they still receive a beneficial effect. Still, they’re rarely studied. One reason is that placebos effects are often elusive and change depending on the type of placebo, shape, size or color, even the gender and culture of the patient. Marchant notes, “just because the benefits mediated by placebos are mostly subjective, that doesn’t mean they have no potential value for medicine.”  

Another area Marchant examines in detail is stress. Over time, stress can have devastating physical consequences, since it actually has the ability to rewire the brain. She delves into case studies involving the benefits of continuous care and supportive interaction. One program called Comfort Talk, reduced the need to sedate children needing MRIs—lessening the need for more medication. What struck me most in much of the reporting in this book was how it often takes only a very small change in treatment, requiring little money or effort, to greatly improve the benefit for the patient. A large part of Comfort Talk, for instance, is simply eliminating scary language.

Brains are weird.
Yes, they are. Marchant has written a fascinating book. Cure is neither dry nor dull, and filled with personal stories of patients and researchers, some amusing, some rather heartbreaking. Marchant ends with a strong plea for more scientific research to fully understand the role of the mind in health, but funding sources remain elusive. More than three quarters of clinical trials are paid for by pharmaceutical companies who have no interest in findings that won’t lead to the development of new drug treatments. Here’s hoping at least a few CEOs will read this book and put profit aside for the betterment of all.
  
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.


L. A. Kelley writes fantasies with adventure, humor, romance, and a touch of sass. You can find her at http://lakelleythenaughtylist.blogspot.com

Book Review: Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Brooklyn on Fire
I enjoy a book with a plucky heroine, even more so in historical novels than contemporary ones. Spunk is easy to come by in the modern world where nobody blinks at a woman with a nontraditional career. Not so much in 1890 when society relegated all females to second-class status with only a minuscule chance of escaping the dictates of rigid class structure. The heroine, Mary Handley, is a nice fictional addition. Sacked from the police force for her less than condescending attitude, Mary works in a bookstore and sets up a consulting private detective business on the side. Readers should note Brooklyn on Fire is the second book in the Mary Handley series, but works as a stand-alone story. I didn’t read book one and had no trouble following the plot. Levy makes enough references to Mary’s earlier exploits so that her family and relationship with the Brooklyn Police Department are easily understood in context.

In Brooklyn on Fire, a woman hires Mary to look into the possible murder of her uncle that happened years ago. When her client is later found dead, Mary follows a twisted trail of clues in the search for justice. She tangles with the Brooklyn political machine, upper class New York society, the local police, and her own family. Mary’s investigations eventually lead down the murky path of government corruption and into an interesting subplot that involves securing a water supply for Brooklyn.

The pages of Brooklyn on Fire are strewn with details of historical events and real people from the 1890s. Levy has a flair for describing rough-and-tumble life at the end of the nineteenth century. He mixes fiction and history in an entertaining way in order to depict the power struggles between the men who ran Brooklyn before it became part of New York City. The metropolitan area was a dangerous place, especially for a woman who pokes her nose into criminal activities. Luckily, our determined heroine also knows ju-jitsu.

Quibbles and Bits
Let’s face it, Mary’s romance with a Vanderbilt is a stretch. No matter how plucky the heroine, it’s not likely the two could ever have had even a short-lived relationship, let alone travel together in the Victorian Era as they do in the book. Also, in a novel with a large cast of characters, both Mary’s brother and another man are named Sean. Two people with the same name in a book always bugs me. These criticisms are minor, and any reader with an interest in historical fiction should check out Mary Handley’s adventures.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. 

L. A. Kelley writes fantasies with adventure, romance, humor and touch of sass. You can find her at http://lakelleythenaughtylist.blogspot.com

Book Spotlight on Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes

Sunday, January 3, 2016

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Let’s ring in the New Year with a little nonsense, more precisely confusion and ambiguity. Modern life is full of conflicting advice and unanswered questions which leave people with vaguely unsettled feelings. What happens when we’re uncertain? How do we make the best decision when faced with a problem with multiple solutions? Jamie Holmes has written an insightful book that tries to answer the question do you embrace ambiguity or be like me—hunch in a corner and sob quietly?

People fear uncertainty. The need to resolve anxious feelings is deeply rooted and multifaceted. It can also be dangerous, especially during periods of social, political or economic confusion. The desire for fixed solutions is so great voices in the margins are shunted aside. “Fear and uncertainty...intensify people’s appetites for absolutes.” Donald Trump gleefully mouthing a platform of wide-eyed hysteria that all Muslims are bad gels nicely with a study Holmes cites on prejudice. Prejudiced people cling to the past with rigid thinking, refuse to consider all sides, and “latch on to what is familiar, safe, simple, definite.”

Embrace failure
Uncertainty is unpleasant, but in the classroom under the right conditions, uncertainty is a very good thing. People who are sure of themselves, rigid, and uncompromising, are neither innovative nor creative. Those qualities come from not knowing an outcome and trying alternatives. Having your child fail and not immediately jumping to the rescue is difficult for a parent, but “the best way to help students innovate is ”to move beyond standard grading measures and reward students for their willingness to experiment, tolerate failure, and take calculated risks.” Feelings of certainty should not be thought of as failure, but rather desirable and the key to innovative thinking.

According to Holmes, the positive aspects can also be applied to the business word. Successful innovation often comes after a string of failures. A satisfied person doesn’t look to the future and wonder what if? That edgy feeling keeps you on your toes. While businesses routinely examine failures, Holmes produces examples from companies such as Ducati, Zara, and Piggly Wiggly that successes should be put under the same scrutiny. “Embracing uncertainty after success means…always question the roles played by unforeseen factors.” Knowing your success is more than luck is as important as having the reasons for failure.

Heavy on the social sciences, easy on the noggin
Although heavy on the social sciences, this is a very readable book. Holmes breaks down complex issues into easily digestible pieces and offers several entertaining thought experiments to determine your level of rigid thinking. I scored in the mid-range so for my New Year’s resolution, I’ll stop sobbing, get out of that corner, and embrace a little more nonsense.  On that point, I’m not ambiguous, but certain.

L. A. Kelley writes fantasies with adventure, romance, humor and touch of sass. You can find her at http://lakelleythenaughtylist.blogspot.com


Feature and follow #29 (2016 Reads)

Friday, January 1, 2016

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What is Feature and Follow?

F&F is a weekly blog hop that consists of book bloggers. It is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee. The rules of involvement are simple:

1.) Link up on the blog hop Linky gadget below this post, 2.) follow the hosts via their network of choice, 3.) follow the weekly featured blog(s) via their network of choice (listed as "featured" in the blog list below), and lastly, 4) check out the rest of the blogs on the hop! If you become a new follower of a blog, let them know and they will follow you back.

The F&F is a great way to network, meet other book bloggers, and gain new followers. Even more so, it's a great way to drive fun discussion on a weekly topic.



This Week's FF: 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016 

December was my magic month. I got in the mood for Fae, sorcery, and the like and read quite a few authors that I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this coming year. One being Sarah Maas. Not sure how she flew under my radar for so long but I'm loving ALL of her series reads right now.

A specific book I absolutely cannot wait for is Earth's End (Air Awakens #3) by Elise Kova. I stumbled across the first book in this series thinking it would be a quick bridging read while I found another series to lose myself in. It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. In a few days I cruised through books 1 and 2 only to have that awful realization that book 3 wouldn't be out until early 2016!

Here's the blurb for the first book:

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all--the Crown Prince Aldrik--she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she's known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she's always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla's indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


 

Join in on this week's Penny For Your Thoughts... blog hop!


A Penny For Your Thoughts... hosted by The Book Cove
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Other Posts Of Interest:


Remember to check your follow links regularly - by Jessi - November 22nd, 2014
5 easy tips for making your blog more user friendly for blog hops - By Jessi - December 27th, 2013
CAPTCHA challenge presented by The Book Wheel and The Relentless Reader - By Jessi - August 16th, 2013

Book Review: Hold Me Until Midnight (Entangled Brazen; Grayson Brothers) by Christina Phillips

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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((Blurb): Every good girl loves a very bad boy...

Scarlett Ashford needs a date for her father's wedding. Only she doesn't just need a guy in a suit-she needs a bodyguard. The only problem is that Jackson Grayson is big and gorgeous and way too sexy. So much so that Scarlett's tempted to let this hot bad boy ruin her oh-so-good reputation...

Jackson doesn't do relationships and he certainly doesn't sleep with clients. Yet he can't fight their inconvenient attraction, or how badly he wants Scarlett's warm and wicked curves against his body. He wants her. Now. Even if it's just for one night, and even if walking away the next morning isn't as easy as he thought.

Besides, one hot and incredibly intense night between a bad boy and a pampered princess could never turn into something real...could it?

Hold Me Until Midnight was a book I stumbled across in my search for another that I was trying to remember. It sounded like a quick and fun read, and that is exactly what it was! Nothing groundbreaking for the genre. But there's enough wit and charm to fill ten of these books and I really enjoyed every minute of it. If you're looking for something with a little family drama mixed with a pretend Hercules boyfriend and a not as cliche rich-girl-poor-guy theme, then Hold Me Until Midnight is the book for you!

What I liked
The story is short, sweet, and to the point, and character building and reader connection is 100% complete. At no point did I feel the story was rushed beyond what felt right for Scarlett and Jackson. Their interactions were perfect for this kind of story. Right out of the gate Scarlett meets Jackson in an attempt to employ a bodyguard who can double as a fake boyfriend for her dad's wedding. Jackson's not really in the "escort" service, as he claims, but there's no denying lust at first sight and he agrees. Sometimes the whole I wanna jump your bones from page 1 doesn't work. It feels cheesy and forced. In this case it did and by the narrative you knew it was going to be fun to watch these two work together.

I mentioned that it's not a typical rich-girl-poor-guy theme. Scarlett isn't a pampered princess who is either too innocent or too bullheaded. She's able to pick up what Jackson throws down, and vice versa, and both characters were on the same intellectual and moral level.

What I didn't like
There wasn't anything too exciting that happened. The main strife of the story is between Scarlett, her dad, and a rich, seedy guy that her family would like her to have a better relationship with. I think another chapter or two could have been added, still keeping the story short, but building the tension and story behind the father. There wasn't a big plot hole or anything by that not happening, I just felt like it could have amped up all of the emotions a little more and provided a little more clarity as to why that guy was as bad as he was (besides just taking Scarlett's word and some context clues for it).

Book Spotlight: 99 Cent Sale for Blue Velvet by Abigail Owen

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Blue Velvet
99 Cent Sale
by Abigail Owen

When fairy tales turn into nightmares...

Ellie Aubrey has spent most of her unnaturally long life hiding her extraordinary abilities from the world. On the run from the shape shifting wolves who murdered her family, she risks discovery in order to secretly watch over another group of similarly gifted people, determined they won’t suffer the same fate.

Alex Jenner has come home to protect his family from an unknown danger lurking in the woods. Suspicious of the new girl in town, he challenges Ellie in ways that will spark one of two possible outcomes: they’ll spontaneously combust, or she’ll lose control of the one power she’s fought so hard to contain.

In this fairy tale, the dragon the prince must slay is also the princess who holds his heart.


Excerpt:

“Did you just finish working out?”
Alex gave her an adorable lopsided grin, and her heartbeat picked up in response. “I also just finished a run.”
“In this weather?” Ellie teased. She was rewarded with a deep chuckle that danced up and down her spine.
“Hey, maybe we could run together some time,” he suggested. Ellie gave silent thanks that he hadn’t noticed her reaction to him.
“Maybe…” Ellie nodded and smiled to take the sting out of what could’ve been perceived as a rejection.
Suddenly he leaned forward and touched her arm lightly. “You do that a lot, you know.”
Trying not to pull away from his touch, it was Ellie’s turn to raise her eyebrows in surprise. “Do what?”
“Answer with something vague.” He sat back, letting her breathe normally again.
“Do I?” Ellie feigned surprise. Impressive. Most people don’t even notice when I’m giving vague answers.
“There you go again!”
“Huh.” Ellie grimaced and tried a different approach. “I don’t even notice I’m doing it. I guess I don’t talk about myself much in general.” Especially to hot guys who have no clue who I really am.
“Fair enough.” Alex let her off the hook with good-natured grace. “So back to that run?”
Ellie laughed. Clearly she wasn’t going to get away with keeping her distance. Not that she wanted to. She was just trying to avoid further complication. And Alex Jenner had the potential to be a rather major complication.
“Sure. Meet me at the lake parking lot tomorrow at five-thirty for a quick five miles?”
Alex froze with his cup halfway up to his mouth. “A.M.?”
She smiled at the incredulity in his voice. “That’s my offer, take it or leave it.”
Alex regarded her for a moment, his eyes intensely focused. “I must be a glutton for punishment,” he muttered, almost to himself. “Five-thirty a.m. it is. What’s your cell phone number, just in case?”
After they’d exchanged numbers, he said, “Well…See you tomorrow, Ellie.” And with another salute of his coffee cup, he got up and started to leave, pausing to ask, “You want a ride to the lot instead of having to run back to your car?”
Ellie chortled, but waved him away. “No, thanks. I like to run.”
“Suit yourself, crazy girl.” And with a final sexy grin, he turned and left.

Author Bio:
Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. After a ten year stint in Northern California, she now resides in Austin with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 


Guest Post: When I sent my book to school by Wendy Janes

Monday, December 7, 2015

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Feeling rather giddy when I sent my manuscript to my editor, I wrote the following:

“It feels like my child’s first day at school and I'm hoping she's remembering her manners, showing the teacher what a clever girl she is, and making friends. And now I'm going to have to be patient until she returns home, climbs onto my lap and shares with me how the day has gone.”

OK, I may have stretched the metaphor a little too far, and I have sons not daughters, but it started me thinking about other parallels between parenthood and self-publishing a book. I hope I don’t alienate people who are not parents with this post, as I proceed to take the comparison even further.

I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that the effort that goes into publishing a book is anywhere near as profound as having a baby, but launch day is a big day. I remember looking out of the window of the hospital on the morning I’d given birth to my first son. I saw a man in a suit running for the bus, a lady jogging with her little dog on a leash, two school children in uniform dawdling along the street. These people were going about their normal business, nothing special, totally unaware that for me and my baby, it was a momentous day, full of potential. I was happy, scared, exhausted. I’d done something amazing. The day I clicked “publish” on Amazon was a mundane day for the vast majority of people, but a day of possibilities for me. Confidence vying with anxiety.

In later years, the warm and intense friendships I made at antenatal and parent and toddler groups have been similar to those I’ve made with authors in writing groups online. These groups are places where life-long friendships are forged and parents-to-be/new authors receive lots of reassuring advice, especially from those who have done it before. Prior to birth/publication, questions tend to revolve around such things as “How do I cope with morning sickness?”/“How do I get past this tricky scene?” and “Can you recommend a good midwife?”/“Can you recommend a good editor?” Announcements of being pregnant with a second child are akin to the announcements of writing a second book.

Many of the cries for help in these groups are identical: I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything I need to do; I feel isolated; I’m not sure I can do this; there aren’t enough hours in the day.

There’s an element of competition within groups of parents and within groups of authors. Comparing rates of development/numbers of sales is inevitable. However, parents who are real friends will celebrate a child’s milestones in the same way that authors who are genuine friends will be happy for the success of a book. Each loves their own child/book the most, but can admire the talents of others.

And, in case you feel I haven’t pushed the analogy to the max, a little description of school reports and book reviews. A brilliant report from a teacher who clearly understands your child’s genius: 5* review. A mediocre report from a teacher who doesn’t fully understand the nuances of your child’s genius: 3* review. The report from hell from the teacher who seems to have taken against your little darling: 1* review. With regard to the 1*s, parents and authors know it’s wrong to argue with teachers or reviewers, but they can listen and judge whether the teacher/reviewer has a child’s/book’s best interests at heart or if they’re just being mean.

Children or books, we’re protective and proud of what we’ve produced. Their successes are our successes and their slips are our slips. We love them because we created them.

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Wendy Janes spends her time running her freelance proofreading business, writing novels and short stories, and volunteering for The National Autistic Society’s Education Rights Service. She has recently published her first solo novel, What Jennifer Knows. You can connect with Wendy online and discover more about her writing via Twitter, her Facebook author page, and Amazon author pages (UK/US).

Book Review: The Tornado by Missy Blue

Monday, November 30, 2015

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(Blurb): A once gifted ballet dancer chained to the demons of her past, Jewel is broken and can no longer dance, her dream torn away from her. Determined to not lie down and die, she takes up the fight, disguising herself as a man, and dares to enter... The Tornado’s testosterone-fueled boxing gym.

An ex-Marine turned MMA fighter, living in the shadow of his tragic past, Asher “The Tornado” Prince only wants to keep his head in the game, turning any man who enters the ring into dust. His temper is hotter than a branding iron, keeping everyone at arm’s length for good reason. He is all tattooed muscle, blood, sweat, and anyone who dares to cross his path, he’ll leave them in tears.

But one night is all it takes. One look is all it takes. Two broken souls find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Jewel wants out of her dark world, and she faces the fight of her life to get there. But she won’t do it alone. When Asher discovers that the skinny little kid who comes to his gym every night is a beautiful young woman, nobody will dare touch her again. They call him The Tornado, and Jewel finds out fast why he lives up to his hard-hitting, bone-crunching name. But when he proves to be the tornado to her demons, he also becomes the shelter to her storm.

And in the end, he will give up his dream, only so that he can… save hers.

Author Note: MATURE CONTENT 18+ Past descriptions of abuse, but nothing graphic. Previously titled Dances with Monsters.


Book Information:

Published: April 2015
Genre: Sports romance, Drama
Age: New Adult
Length: 295p



Review:

A trope I've grown quite fond of is one I'd call "girl in a boy's world". First off I'd like to give a shout out to the author/editors/friends/confidants/whomever for going through with a book blurb that actually tells what the story is about. I don't know if it's just been the way I've been searching for books lately or what, but every book back has been so vague and similar. I won't digress on to that winded topic though.

What I loved

The Tornado was a perfect blend of two broken souls finding each other mixed with self discovery and coming-of-age as an adult. To clarify that last point...we're all familiar with the typical coming of age teenage story. I think we forget that adults can be reborn as well and have their own coming-of-age as they stumble their way through life. Author Missy Blue did an excellent job bringing the tough fighter Asher together with woman on a mission to make changes in her life, Jewel. All the while dropping the typical cocky bastard characteristic that all of these fighter books seem to have in common and giving our woman a literal fighting chance and taking her life back in her own hands. The H/h weren't forced together simply for sex scenes and the darker issues weren't skated over in favor of bumping up the sexual tension. 

I also loved the cover. Yes is a cliche ab shot with the muscly tattoos, but something about the angle and red pop on a grey schemed palate really caught my attention. I point this out because I admit to being a bit of a cover snob. But this cover is pretty simple, somewhat generic, yet in a league of it's own when I compare it to other books found in the same reading section.

What I'm neutral about

I was hoping that Jewel would actually take up some MMA and step in the ring if even for an in-gym spar. But that's not the direction this book goes. Just FYI. If you're looking for more of a girl-fighter book, it is not that. At least not a fighter in the ring -- because her life battles are nothing to cast off.




Blog Talk: Why followers are not signing up for your newsletter

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Honestly, I don't know exactly why they are not signing up for your newsletter or email posts in particular. But I have a pretty good guess as to why many bloggers don't have have the numbers that they would like. It's the same reason that I (personally, not as a blogger) don't sign up for newsletters; we have enough emails to sort through every day.

Obvious answer. 



You were probably hoping for something more profound. While that's not necessarily profound, it is an answer that people don't like to acknowledge. I get questions from bloggers all the time asking about how many subscribers I have to various things and how long it took me to get there. I don't have the exact answer to that. It's not a cookbook formula.

We all like to think we have the best site out there. Who wouldn't want to read our stuff?? We're awesome!  But the fact is that if every reader signed up for every blog "Newsletter" and "email notification" then they'd have hundreds of emails that they'd just delete without reading anyways. So why sign up in the first place?

Think about how you determine what to sign up for. It's probably the site with the most informative information about what you are interested in. Just because you like Ford doesn't mean you go sign up for every Chevy, Toyota, and Honda page out there simply because they sell vehicles and had a newsletter pop-up on their page.

Readers want established bloggers. Ones that stick around consistently throughout the week, twelve months of the year, for more than a year. Actually, I don't consider a blog as established until they're around for at least three years with consistent posting. Under those terms, The Book Cove is not an established blog. While I have email followers and newsletter subscribers, it is no where near the audience that some of the top sites have...all of the top sites who have also been around a while...and who have "paid their dues" and kept up their blog.

It's about establishing street cred.

Of course, you could start a blog and in six months have a million subscribers. But the average blog is a slow building process that has to find itself before others find it.

So there's the deep and profound answer. Some are probably wondering why I bothered posting about this. I've been answering a lot of questions for other bloggers, both new and old(er), lately. Not that I'm much of an expert on some of this stuff, but a lot of it is just understanding a different perspective. This is one of those questions that floats around on message boards in some form like "I've been blogging daily and cross promoting my posts but I don't have any subscribers. What can I do?" And usually you can go take a look at the blog and see that it has only been around for a short time with inconsistent posting or varied content (not necessarily varied interests in books but more so posting personal, fashion, photography, or whatever along with you "main" blog topic) and the page itself is still very much in the developing stages.

As I said before, you can usually answer your "blog issue" question by asking yourself what you would want.  Do you want to add another email to your inbox that is irrelevant, obnoxious, or poorly written? So while you may not have a lot of subscribers now, there are things that you can do to help increase subscribers in the future. No use treading water. Things that you can do include:

  • Make sure your site is cleaned up (and up-to-date)
  • Legible writing (font size, type, and color contrast)
  • Organization (if your blog isn't organized your newsletters probably aren't)
  • Follow buttons are in plain site (this is the subscriber building base. Make sure they can find them)
  • Post titles should make sense (it's a good idea to write what type of post it is in the title)
  • Excellent grammar (this is a big one because you're trying to appeal to other readers and writers) I still struggle with this and I'm self conscious typing right now...
Overall, just keep your blog looking as professional as you can. The impression your site gives will influence people to subscribe or not subscribe to your posts.

And then there's others who've done all of this and still aren't happy with their subscription numbers and they are staring at this post like:




Sorry. I don't have an answer off hand for everybody. Try having your site critiqued by bloggers who have been successful with their blog and newsletter.

Blog Talk: Ghosting in the book blog world

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Ghosting.

You know. When you go on a date or two with someone and have what you think is one of the greatest dates...and within a week you never hear from the person again. Or maybe you were the one to fall off the edge of the earth. I'll be honest, I've done it. And I've had it done to me. It sucks. Before I digress down that sullen road, I'll get back to the topic: Ghosting in the book blog world.

I once read somewhere that the average lifespan of a blog is a year. (Insert a ridiculously high number) of people start one every year and only a handful make it to a "blogiversary". The numbers get fewer and fewer as time goes on. I'm hitting on 3 years and am pretty dang proud to belong to one of the few.

I can think of quite a few blogs that were favorites of mine that I was ghosted by. They were doing excellent (in my opinion) and I had a great time getting to know the bloggers and their book adventures. And then one day *poof* they were gone. Never to be heard from again.

It's quite sad really. You get to know each other -- sometimes better than people in your real life  -- simply because books and blogging brings out an emotional and intellectual side of you that others in your life don't always see. There's a real connect when you can rant or rave about a topic/author/book and have all these fellow fanatics give their two cents as well.

I get why it happens. Life happens. Interests change. Situations change.

But I'd still like to know why someone went the wayside. I need closure. Even if it's an it's not you, it's me, line -- I can handle it. Just give it to me straight.



(Side note - I really don't expect a blogger to tell me why they're quitting. That sarcasm font can come any time now)



What about you? Have you ever been ghosted by a blog? Or have you been a ghostee?

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