Books, and Amazon

Regular readers will have noticed that I am reviewing a lot more books lately.
Since buying a Kindle Fire tablet for myself last Christmas, I have got back into reading.

As well as reviewing most books that I buy outside of blogging, I have also reviewed those of some fellow bloggers.
At the end of the review, I always add a buying link.
And that is usually an Amazon link, as they are the only suppliers of Kindle versions, which are generally the cheapest option.

But in case anyone was wondering…

*I am not affiliated to Amazon in any way, and receive no commission from any books bought via those links.

*I have paid for every book I have ever reviewed, even turning down the offer of free copies from blogging friends.

*I rarely pay more than £1.99 for a book, usually just 99 p.

*I still buy some paperback and hardback books second-hand, mostly through Amazon Marketplace sellers.

*I wouldn’t like any of you to think that I use those book reviews as a source of income, however small that would be.

*They are all 100% genuine reviews, so you can rest assured that I meant what I said, even if I gave a book the equivalent of five stars.

I just wanted everyone to know. 🙂

Another Blogging Milestone

I noticed this morning that my total of followers had tipped over the 5,000 mark.

The figures from WordPress add up to 5,007.

Blog followers. 4718
Email only followers. 38
Twitter and Linkedin folowers. 251

It doesn’t seem that long ago that to get 100 followers seemed unattainable. When I got to 1,000, I thought that would surely be it.

We all know that follower numbers don’t make a blog. Most of them fail to actively follow anyway, and having 90 followers who comment and engage is as good as having 2,000 who never bother to do that.

But 5,000 looks good on the page, and is worth recording, I think. 🙂

My thanks to all of you, as always. Pete.

BODY SHAMING || REAL ISSUES’ QUIP.

Here is a passionate post from a young female blogger who has suffered from the hateful trend in ‘body shaming’. This may well have been around for centuries, but Social Media online has turned it into a modern epidemic.
Pleased read, and share the message.

Magical BookLush

Have you heard of this word “body shaming“?Have you seen people go through it?? Do you know what it is? Or how it feels?? If you saw it happening, did you rescue them?? Do you know what it does to them?? Body shaming is such a great thing. It’s awesome, do you know why?

Because it ruins people’s lives. It tears them from the inside. It makes them hate their own body and in the end, breaks them down. If you are an awesome person that I probably think you are because you are giving my post so much time and are reading this right now, let me take you to a journey of body-shaming.

Love you all body-shamers out there. This blog is especially for you.

No welcomes as I said in my last post because welcoming the bitter truth into your life is difficult. So let’s…

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The Best Blogging Day

Yesterday, the 10th October 2019, turned out to be the best-ever day so far for views of this blog.

620 views in 24 hours beat the previous highest figure by more than 30.

Once again, I have to thank all my readers in America, as that country’s contribution of 342 views made up well over half that number.

Stats don’t mean everything to most of us bloggers, I know. But hitting the highest ever figure was notable, and very pleasing to me.

I thank everyone who keeps reading and following this blog.

You make it all worthwhile.

Best wishes, Pete.

Postcards From Blogging Friends: Part Six

Cindy.

Cindy Bruchman is one of my dearest blogging friends. When I started this series about postcards, I teased her that she hadn’t sent me any, and sort-of ‘demanded’ she send me one showing a cactus. (She lives in Arizona)
Of course, I wasn’t serious, but she decided to deal with me by sending me no less than five postcards.
So here they are. (No cactus though!)

They were all posted in Cottonwood, Arizona, though three of them feature other parts of America, and the last two are views of Greek islands.

The Grand Canyon, during a lightning storm.

An historic building in Virginia, with a personal connection to Cindy.

The East Coast of America, North Carolina.

The Greek island of Mykonos, famous for its ancient windmills.

An old castle on the island of Patmos, in Greece.

My thanks to Cindy for taking so much trouble to send me a selection of cards. Also my continuing thanks to everyone who is still sending cards.
I got another one just now!

“Can You Visit My Blog?”

No, not this one.

That is an example of one of the many comments I have been getting just this week.

Here are some more.

“Great post. Please check out my blog”.

“Nice work”. (Link attached)

“Please visit my blog and let me know what you think of it”.

“I love this post! I think you will like my blog too”. (Link attached)

“Can you please look at my blog and let me know what you think?”

And many more…

In all cases, Worpress held these comments ‘In moderation’, for me to approve. I checked out all the blog names and links, and sure enough, they were trying to sell stuff. Everything from security cameras, to luxury holidays and apartments.

As I have warned you in the past, I marked all these comments as Spam, and then deleted them.

Keep sending me these spurious rubbish comments, and I will keep marking you down as a spammer.

You have been warned!