That Most “Unsocial” Of Socials

That Most “Unsocial” Of Socials

Fed up. Done. Gone.

Why “Maxwell” (For Now)

Why “Maxwell” (For Now)

Some of my favo(u)rite bloggers appear to change their templates sometimes weekly. (And you know who you are - you travel and fashion bloggers!) It dawned on me early yesterday that I had not changed mine in about, err, 3 years. That's a *lifetime* in social media. I suppose I liked the consistency of having [...]

John Lewis!

John Lewis!

If you read WordPress blogs you usually see ads at the bottom of a post. We, the bloggers, have no control over those ads (that I'm aware of). They are bought by advertisers to appear on WordPress generally. Frankly, many I've seen are just awful. They look at times like cheapo nonsense at best. They [...]

I Almost Relocated Yesterday….

I Almost Relocated Yesterday….

...and in saying that I don't mean moved here to Tenerife permanently. I'm referring to having almost stopped posting to this web site. In preparation to do so, I had already created a new blog home over at Tumblr: Why? Because I'd had certain "technical difficulties" since Tuesday. They were related to my rjnello-dot-com domain. [...]

Vanished “Stars”

Vanished “Stars”

With the flick of a switch, Twitter changed an entire social media convention that had arisen since the site opened: the favorite "star" has been replaced suddenly by a "heart." As you know if you visit here regularly, my mother and my crime novelist uncle both died in October. So I've not been using Twitter [...]

Blogs I Follow

Blogs I Follow

I got a bit of a shock the other day in the form of an automatic WordPress email informing me an aunt-in-law here in England had followed this blog by email. She already knew about my site. It's just I'm surprised that - out of the blue - she has subscribed. I get many interesting [...]

During A Walk In The English Rain

During A Walk In The English Rain

We passed this on "a ramble" yesterday: Just before I snapped that, we'd stopped for a break. I was thirsty. So I had one of these: Because that's what you're supposed to do on a Sunday in England: you take a country walk in the rain and, drenched, at some point you stop at a [...]

We’ve All Had “Our First Post”

We’ve All Had “Our First Post”

I'm still "in the zone." Yesterday was the best example in this recent "burst" of creativity. I got through an entire chapter, start to finish, and added several other pages here and there. With that, I've got almost 25,000 words now. Parts (of this in-progress third novel) are starting to read much more like a [...]

“Time for a (no added sugar) Ribena”

“Time for a (no added sugar) Ribena”

I noted the other day that I felt I had been "in the zone" while writing. It was flowing pretty easily, and I hoped it would continue. And it has. I'm back on my daily treadmill pace of 3 to 5 decent pages minimum. If you can keep that up within about "100 days" you've [...]

Why The Crowd?

Just a quick follow up after my regular, daily post. I'm doing this because for some reason my stats are telling me I'm seeing lots more of you than usual today. By that I mean a horde. Obviously the polite thing to do is introduce myself: "Hello." 🙂 [Now - he wonders to himself, and taps his desk repeatedly - [...]

Thoughts To Start This Week

You may have noticed the new template. I really like how "clean" this one is. It's very easy to read, and the rotating banner photographs make for a nifty feature. Just saw this myself the other day. Given recent events, that "France" has moved up to be my top tag is probably not a huge [...]

2014’s Top Views

A quick review. Happy January 1st!: Not a huge surprise to learn that. "Officially" it confirms what I had noticed. Those posts drew lots of views all year. (For several posts the comments noted in that snapshot seem "miscounted" though.) If you're interested, here are links to those posts: 1) "Shades", 2) "Vampires", 3) "Minitel", [...]

In The Global Spotlight

American Revolutionary patriot and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, is quoted as once saying, "Either do something worth reading about, or write something worth reading." As writers, most of us probably lean a bit more towards trying to achieve the latter. And that's not unreasonable of us either. After all, doing something could well mean that something [...]

Share And Share Alike

These things seem to happen unpredictably and in bunches. As of yesterday, I had only about 160 shares on social media for the entire lifetime of this modest blog. (And that naturally included my occasional tweets of my own posts here.) This morning - only 24 hours later - that total has jumped to 274 [...]

Was It My “Blog Mob?”

We had a laugh yesterday. You may recall Tuesday's Purple Parrot post. About 8:45 AM UK time, I had posted about store-owning friends in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, who've said they will stock my novels. In doing so, I had linked directly to their site. About 11:30, I got an email from the Mrs. half [...]