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Offline AJ Barnett

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2007, 02:58:33 AM »
That's all anyone can do. Keep at it. I wish you every success - Anthony
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #31 on: November 23, 2007, 07:38:48 PM »
Thanks, Anthony, and the same to you. I especially wish you the best of luck with your new novel.

Incidentally, I had a look at your website and, like you, I overlook vineyards and olive groves but these are Greek ones. More importantly, I couldn't spot a link to buy your new book. Maybe I'm being a bit thick and I'm not promising but....
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2007, 02:23:47 AM »
Hi Xerika, thanks for visiting my web, and it's nice to hear that other people enjoy similar scenery. Is'nt it just great to wake up to in a morning (except that THIS morning it's raining....) Where abouts do you live? I absolutely love Greece and the islands.

The link to my book will be on the Contact & Sales page. However, it won't be on the market until the end of next week so...  But it was very kind of you to enquire.  Good luck with your own career  - Anthony
« Last Edit: November 24, 2007, 02:25:34 AM by anthony james barnett »
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #33 on: November 24, 2007, 06:00:47 PM »
Hi Anthony. We're near a place called Kyparissia (sometimes spelt Kiparissia), which is about halfway down the west coast of the Peloponnese. In fact, we're fairly close to where some of the worst fires were this summer.

Will keep an eye out for your book. Looks very interesting.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2007, 01:34:51 AM »
Hi Xerika,
I've visited the Peloponnese, loved it.

Fires are frightening. We've had eight around us over the years. It's worst at night when the mountains can look like Hell - volcanic almost. I've packed our bags more than once.

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2007, 04:26:27 PM »
Anthony, I am originally from Lake Tahoe Nevada. We've had many a fire over the years and I know what you mean. The mountains lit up like Dante's and fear leaving a bitter taste; scary.

I had a look at your home page, nice and simple. I envy you and your beautiful location in Spain. It's so damn cold here in Germany at the moment, buuurrh.


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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #36 on: November 26, 2007, 01:57:28 AM »
Chris, it ain't so cosy at the moment. It's overcast and cool. A couple of weeks ago we had 28 inches of rain in just over a day. Bridges and cars were washed away, landslides, walls down - loads of damage. In fact I hear there's a video on youtube showing a car floating past my village bridge (Jalón). - And I came for the sun... I want my money back.

Mind you, though it's not so hot, I suppose it's warmer than the UK or Germany at the moment. It's all relative. We still complain about the cold - a nation of complainers we Brits.

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #37 on: November 26, 2007, 03:24:50 PM »
Oh No! Man, sorry to hear it. Hopefully no damage to your environs ?


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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2007, 04:11:00 PM »
Hey, the north of England flooded over the "summer"
You people on the continent have it so easy, so do I, I'm in the friendlier south.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2007, 05:02:13 PM »
Hi Anthony and Chris. I know exactly what you mean about the mountains being ablaze at night, constantly checking the wind to see if the flames are heading your way and, if so, how quickly. Not an experience I'd choose to repeat but I'm sure it will happen again. What was particularly appalling about this summer's fires in Greece was that it's widely accepted that many of the fires were started deliberately - some by property developers who wanted to get their hands on protected forest land.

If anyone's interested, I wrote a piece about the aftermath of the Greek fires for the BBC website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/7038327.stm.

Hi Ollie. ...And the entire east coast of England nearly got swept away recently, I know. So you're in the "friendlier south", eh. I'll be interested to see how much flak you get for that remark from our friends in the north!
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #40 on: November 26, 2007, 05:03:55 PM »
I meant friendlier weather wise of course, I'm as east as England gets.
But we're deviating from the topic, I believe that only you can decide whether it's for you or not.
I've said this earlier, but I'm trying to help get back on topic.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #41 on: November 26, 2007, 05:33:17 PM »
I know what you meant. Just kidding.

On the subject of getting back 'on topic', I've been wondering that myself and I've been expecting a knock on the door from a moderator at any time now! But as I started this topic in the first place, I didn't see it as that big a problem. Also, a lot of the posts are interesting in their own right even if they are a bit tangential at times.

Of course, it would still be good to see people's posts on the original topic but I think the occasional aside isn't such a bad thing.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #42 on: November 26, 2007, 10:37:23 PM »
(Ah, us mods are that bad, are we?)

I don't blog, but I read several blogs regularly.

My favorite are those that monitor the industry, both in the US and UK. They can be quite powerful in routing traffic. The first time Grumpy old bookman (UK) mentioned me and linked my site (US), there was six times the usual traffic hits on my website.

Poddy Mouth had over a thousand hits a day on her blog (sadly, too much work to be a professional writer and keep up with the email her blog generated). Like most fans, I mourn when my favorite blogs are abandoned.

So, they can create a fan base as well as the other functions mentioned on this thread.

Nadine

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #43 on: November 27, 2007, 08:45:46 AM »
Nice moderators, yessss. Let poor Smeagol go off topic.

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2007, 06:25:58 PM »
Hi Nadine. Saw earlier that Grumpy Old Bookman has packed up blogging for the same kind of reasons as Poddy Mouth. Did you know about GOB already or is this another one for you to mourn?

Hi Ollie. Er, er. Is it by Jeffrey Archer?  :)
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