Another Year, Another Anniversary!

Eight years…time does fly!


Another year of blogging, a month went by so fast I forgot to post at all…same on me.

I have a lot to say, so I guess I better get on it and start posting more often.

Thanks to those of you who follow me for being patient!


Seven Year Anniversary on WP!

Easter Sunday 2016, is my SEVENTH anniversary on WordPress!

There’s always a connection between things…today, Easter Sunday 2016, is my SEVENTH anniversary on WordPress!


I came here to post a short blog and new FaceBook cover meme…and…surprise, I’ve got this anniversary achievement waiting for me! There are so many things to say, everyday, I plan on posting more often AND get this installed on my own server, as was my intent almost two years ago. Time waits for no man…or in my case, woman.


From a views/visitors perspective, I’m about on-par with last year, but 2014 was a banner year. I’ll need to dig deeper into those stats to try to figure out just way…and how I can recapture some of that former glory. However, I had more “likes” in total and per visitor in 2012…again, curious just why that would be.


My most popular blogpost ever is somewhat unusual (click on picture above to go to that article). It was based on a little movie that I liked that didn’t get much recognition called, “Elena Undone” and posted in September 2012. Other than my homepage, it’s by far the most visited of nearly 700 posts. I now have seven more posts to make to get to that number and if I do one per day, that can be achieved this week.

Back to writing and creating…and sharing! Thanks for reading and please like and share my post!

8 Ways to Test Market Your Book Idea

8 Ways to Test Market Your Book Idea

March 13, 2014 By Nina Amir Leave a Comment

In both How to Blog a Book and my new book, The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively, I suggest you evaluate your book idea before you begin blogging or writing it. Even if you spend time doing so, you may still lack certainty about its ability to sell once released in the marketplace. If you approach your book as an entrepreneur would approach any new product under consideration and development, you can gain additional information. That means employing test marking techniques.

Prior to blogging your book, conduct strategic tests to determine market interest. Do this before you begin to ensure you target content to market needs and interests. If test marketing shows your original angle or subject needs tweaking, you’ll want to do that before you get too far into the blogging, or writing, process. Plus, if you find no market exists for your book, you don’t want to have wasted your time blogging the whole book.

Here are 4 ways you can test market your blogged book idea right on a blog before you post even one blogged-book installment.

via 8 Ways to Test Market Your Book Idea.

Time after Time – Post Magic?

It’s been almost a month since I’ve had this much interest in my blog…Daily Prompt: Time after Time has pulled into many more new visitors and views.

Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views
Stats on my WordPress Best Blog Day Feb 11, 2014 with 70 views

My stats show that February 11th was my all-time best day for views. Almost all of those were from a cross-post I made in a group I belong to in Facebook on Free Ebook: Photography 101. Obviously, the nexus of “free” and a Facebook group that is interested in the topic was the magic-sauce, but that doesn’t happen often.

This was not the first time I’ve responded to a Daily Prompt, but I think that the combination here was the connection between time, family and traditions that was the “post magic” recipe. Filing under lessons learned and hopefully, I’ll be able to “cook up” more magical recipes for viewership!

My Blog – 2013 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Wild Mind

Blog writing is one of the ways I keep myself active too!

It Started with a Quote

How does one successfully blog while participating fully in the life around them?

I pick up Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind. Now I have read and worked through this book several times, but not recently. I want to take my writing deeper. Blogging has been a writing practice for me, like morning pages, a discipline to keep my hand moving. But it’s not enough.

I also teach, both children and teachers. I want to write a book of my experiences, but the forty years of my experiences are more than “cute” stories. I want authenticity, honesty. I want to be able to say the uncomfortable things, in a way that can be heard.

So I will continue my writing practice, my teaching commitments, and working through Wild Mind again. And if I don’t self-destruct (although that might be a book for someone) I’m trusting that what I want will unfold.

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