The Kindle ebook edition of Bliss or Bust: Uplifting Thoughts is free this Labor Day weekend.
The book has been out since February. The way it came about is a little interesting. I basically gathered little impressions bit by bit over a few months a couple years back. I sat at my computer for half an hour first thing in the morning and asked for a positive message to share. I was using the tidbits in a weekly email and I wanted a simple uplifting thought that took only a small amount of time to read but which hung with the reader in a good way for the rest of the day, maybe longer.
As I moved away from internet marketing and my attempt to build a personal development membershipsite, I still wanted to share these little bits. I received good feedback from readers that the messages really were uplifting. People often commented that each time they opened the email, they got an idea that they really needed to hear, something that gave them relief. I wanted to provide a way for that to continue.
Pulling the pieces together into an ebook was easy enough. Once that was done I wanted to keep up a head of steam and so I put the paperback together the following month. And for the third month, I wanted to get it out in audiobook. It was actually the process of prepping to release my own book in audiobook format that led me to narrate for others and I’m having fun with that now.
Anyway, I hope you’ll go grab a free copy of the ebook for yourself this weekend. And I hope you find it uplifting too!
In the past ten years, I haven’t taken comments on my blog. I’ve researched it and thought about it several times. I think I’ve even turned them on for a day or two, then gotten uncomfortable and turned them off again real quick like…that sounds familiar. Maybe it’s an introvert thing or maybe it’s something else.
You may be thinking, “It seems like a blog should have comments. It seems like that’s one of the essential things that make a blog, well, a blog. So what’s your problem, Stevie?”
Mainly three things.
The first thing is that I don’t want to deal with spam. It’s a deterrent. Until bloggers can launch a counter attack at spammers with warrior code like the one Holly Ashwin develops in Kresley Cole’s paranormal romance, Dark Desires After Dusk, I just don’t have the inclination to be a sitting goose.
The second thing is that my posts probably wouldn’t generate many keeper comments. I don’t have much traffic. I also don’t tend to write in a way that encourages comments since that’s not the purpose for my writing, and I don’t want it to be. I don’t want to change my style or my choice of topics to generate comments. That feels too much like playing to the audience while I want to strive for authenticity and being my weird self. I can’t do that too well when I’m anticipating comments.
Thirdly, and this is the weird one, I don’t like people coming to my workspace and putting their post-it notes on my computer screen. Guess I’m territorial like that. I just like my space the way I like it. Also, I really do like to encourage people to create their own space. I think it can be a very good thing for most people. I like having a home base from which to share my perspective. Maybe you would too?