Things Bloggers Need To Stop Worrying About by Elena Peters

As I am accustomed to doing, if I can’t find a re-blog button for your article and I really enjoyed it I’ll share it the old school way: Link up.

So anyway I found this article on Twitter (after promptly following Elena) and I really love what she has to say about what bloggers need to stop worrying about. To her credit I am only going to except a few key points. Please visit her blog for the entire article.

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From Elena Peters Blog

Google/Alexa Ranking
I am no expert and unless you are on this topic or you can afford to pay someone to handle website optimization, you need to stop worrying about your ranking. I am not saying that you shouldn’t use Yoast, add keywords and complete alt tags on your pics. However, I find the excessive obsession with ranking a complete waste of time. I do what I need to do when I create a post and then I step away.

EC – Psst: (This is a good point. Good thing I don’t even know what Alexa Ranking is or Yoast for that matter lol)

Number of Followers
And by this I mean on your blog and all of your social media. I know a lot of people look at my accounts and see that I don’t always follow back. That is because I refuse to get on the follow me and I will follow your back train. You must understand that on some platforms, particularly FaceBook, having a huge number of followers that never look at your page actually hurts you. I personally have seen accounts with thousands of followers and no retweets, no likes and no pins. How did their huge following help them? In reality, not at all.

Automatic follow threads and follow backs do not necessarily bring you more traffic and can be a huge waste of your limited time. If it doesn’t work for you, stop.

Reciprocation
I am here to tell you that you don’t have to read, comment, like, tweet back, pin etc. to absolutely everyone that has been nice enough to do that for you. Unless you have figured out time travel or your days have more than 24 hours, you will never be able to keep that up forever.

Conversely, you need to stop obsessing with keeping track of which bloggers you have done the above for. Be understanding. Maybe that blogger that didn’t read or comment back on your post isn’t interested in your topic or maybe they have a niche of bloggers that they are already committed to sharing with. Don’t keep a scorecard.

KEEP READING ON ELANA’S BLOG

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#Book #Review: A Tale of Three Cities by Alexander McCabe by @ahouseofpoetry

Title: A Tale of Three Cities
Author: Alexander McCabe
ISBN: 978-0-9940447-1-6
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Rating: 5/5
Advanced Review Copy Edition

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

“A Tale of Three Cities” is an amazing story involving two women who do not intimately know each other, but whose lives become connected in a horrific span of events that is sure to leave both women changed forever. While occupying the waiting room of a dental office, bank cashier Melissa Chisholm is reading a magazine when her attention is snagged by a missing persons headline accompanied by a photograph of a woman she is sure she knows. Enticed by the million dollar reward for any information in regard to a Kristy Bradley, Melissa sets out to redeem the much needed cash, being reassured that she does in fact know the woman who changed her name to Lady Penelope Munro. According to the article, the two love birds married out of High School and settled into a financially stable and happy life before Kristy was allegedly kidnapped by Anthony Di Silva, a mob boss masquerading as CEO of a Waste Management Company and currently serving 25 to life after 34 million dollars and Michael’s wife went missing. Now Melissa is flying from Glasgow Scotland to Harrison New York on a quest to assist Kristy’s poor husband in finding his long lost wife.

Sitting in her car outside of Michael’s front door, Melissa is unaware of the man behind the smile in the magazine. As she waits nervously for him to read the documents she slipped into his home and to listen to her message on his answering machine, she has no idea of the maniac she has just involved herself with. As she waits, watching Michael faint at the documents contents with streams of tears colliding down his face, Melissa doesn’t know about the secret hatred more so than love pulsating through his veins. When his true character is revealed, it made me think about the stigmas that still exist surrounding a woman’s submission, what it means to submit and how abusive men take advantage of women who do. Nonetheless, as Melissa waits, it will be a hard lesson for her in the end.

Meanwhile, in Invernesshire, Scotland, Zacchaeus is torn between his love for his girlfriend Penny and the anxiety of her acceptance of that love. Having inherited the large Auchtershinnan Estate, she’s a woman who is certainly in no need of financial assistance from a man and though they occupy their dream home and live a dream life, Z doesn’t know how to feel about this and wonders if the fortune diminishes his wife’s dependability on his authority as head of the household. Having invited his parents over to their castle of a home as a surprise to Z, Penny is a confident woman who may not need him as much as he would like to be needed while his mother advises that he should do away with his feelings concerning the outdated gender roles. But Z’s struggle with finances and gender roles will later become the least of his worries when Andy, the estate’s caretaker, comes barging through his bedroom door. To Z’s confusion, Andy reports to the couple that “THEY are here” and urges Penny and Z to dress quickly. As Penny cries her eyes out in the sheets only once drenched with passionate lovemaking, Z cannot understand what has happened to the beautiful moment just seconds passed, who THEY are or why Andy has just called his girlfriend Kristy.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I was not too excited when I discovered this book was 500 pages long and the cover did not excite me much either. However, McCabe has written an adventurous tale that will engage all of your senses. His attention to detail is remarkable and I found Z’s sense of humor hilarious at times. Not that his jokes were even that funny but the fact that they weren’t somehow made it funnier. Because of Z, I am now cautious of my usage of the word “however” when I can really just say “But”. On a serious note, I also enjoyed how the author displays Michael’s deranged demeanor against Melissa’s sympathy for his loss. Having lost her parents in a car wreck years ago, her loss drives the naivety and compassion she feels for a man who has seemingly, like her, lost everything. I also enjoyed the parallels between Melissa’s life and Kristy’s and like a single thread that weaves fabric together, the dynamics involving the two women brings it all in.

This book has a lot going on but I really like how the author tied everything together and it is a testament to his skill. What I enjoyed most is the similarities and comparisons he created between the characters which gave it a “six degrees of separation” type feel to it (that is everyone being connected somehow). No one in this story is insignificant to the plot. From the prominent characters we are immediately introduced to, to the police officer on the street, they all play a role in bringing it all together.

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A Tale of Three Cities releases November 2, 2015. Please visit Alexander at his social networking sites and be sure to pick up this book! It is a must read. Though I read it already, I would love to still purchase the paperback for my collection when it releases.

Website: http://aasmccabe.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aasmccabe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexandermccabeauthor
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