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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around!

I’ve been voted Blogger of the Month of July, by the Firequill Book Club on Goodreads. That’s a first for me because I’m not very good at promoting myself, so of course I rarely enter for anything either for myself or my blog. But I’m highly delighted that people thought my blog worth voting for.

It all came about when I spotted an author on Facebook asking for votes for her blog. Now, I didn’t know the author, but I had read and enjoyed her books, so I thought I’d do a little payback and vote for her. I thought it would simply be clicking on the link and voting. However, when I got onto the site I had to join the Book Club to vote. That was another first for me, because I’ve never really explored the world of groups on Goodreads. So, I went ahead and joined the club, and then voted. End of story, I thought. But by joining the club I got notifications of their postings, and one of these was a request to add my blog link to the next Blogger of the Month competition. I thought, what the heck, I’ve joined the club I’d better show willing, so I popped my blog details in, and reluctantly asked members in two of my Facebook groups if they would consider voting. Both of these groups are private and quite small, but I thought I’d better ask because I would be mortified if I got no votes at all. However, the numbers were small so I reckoned their votes would only keep me out of the bottom, sit in the corner, dunce area.

You could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather, when the notification came up at the end of the month, that I’d won the award. And to say I was delighted is an understatement. But the spin off is, that it’s made me realise that my blog is actually okay, and that people like it. It’s given me the encouragement I need to “Carry on Blogging”.

Chris Longmuir