How Your ‘5 a Day’ Can Help a Blogger (They’re not all millionaires, despite the rumours!)

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

The headlines about bloggers making millions with no effort are usually fake news, or a sales pitch by someone building their own online business.

Good luck to them, some bloggers do make a great living, they work hard so deserve it.

HOWEVER most bloggers don’t make enough to live on, and never will.

Many bloggers don’t do the work to earn a fortune, most genuinely want to serve, support and help you, their audience.

Blogs exist across the globe for every topic you can imagine.

Self-help, educational study and mutual support groups, hobby groups and that isn’t even mentioning the travel, health, beauty and fashion blogs that you may be familiar with.

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

When you read something online that you find informative, helpful or of value why not support the person who delivered it to you.


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Is An Audible Subscription Good Value? Can I Download The Best Audio Books?

They are also an excellent way of making the best audio books accessible to those who may find the written word difficult, for whatever reason.

Audible on an ipad with Beats headphonesIs An Audible Subscription Good Value? Can I Download The Best Audio Books?

Free Audiobook Download from Audible.co.uk

Summary

Product Name: Audible UK – an Amazon Company

What It Does:

An online supplier of audio books, currently offering in excess of 200K of the best audio books, ready for you to instantly download. You can listen via their Audible app on your mobile device or on your Kindle.

Price:

UK £7.99 per month subscription, or one off payments as you buy (Free one month trial is on offer, as at January 2017)

Pros:

Easy to use

High quality audio

Makes the best audio books accessible to your mobile device

Cons:

The Audible app is getting some poor reviews, hopefully this is a short term problem

If you don’t read very many books, you may not benefit from the subscription.

It isn’t your local library.

Summary:

If you have an Amazon account signing up is ridiculously easy. The book choice is vast, the best audio books with high quality audio, often by the author brings the stories alive. You can even listen to a free sample before deciding. Search easily filtered virtual bookshelves, sample and download your book choice in minutes. The whole process is smooth and customer focussed, recommended.

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Product Name:

Audible – an Amazon Company

Free Audiobook Download from Audible.co.uk

What It Does:

An online supplier of audio books, currently offering in excess of 200K best audio books, ready for you to instantly download. You can listen via their Audible app on your mobile device or on your Kindle.

Audible is a part of Amazon if, like me, you steer away from the huge companies, be reassured on this occasion it’s a good thing. OK, so it isn’t your local library where you may be able to obtain free audio books. However Amazon has the buying power and the technology to do their job well. The choice of books you can download is vast, up to date and as far as the ones I’ve sampled so far, with excellent audio, often by the author themselves.

The Audible app is ideal for anyone who uses a smart phone or mobile device. Sadly at the time of writing the app had been through an update and is receiving poor reviews. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. Amazon want happy customers to return to them again and again.

If you don’t fancy the Audible app, you can use your Kindle / Android etc.

I recently signed up for the free trial at Audible UK. I’d been asked by Audible to review the process

(For transparency this post does include Affiliate links, but I am not being paid to write this post)

So how did the sign up go? Easy!

  • I signed in as suggested using my Amazon ID. It auto-populated a payment option for the potential subscription cost to be paid on my chosen card. It had brought this information through from my Amazon account. Don’t worry you have an option to use a different payment method.
  • The sign up process immediately accepted me. I was auto-redirected to the ‘shopping’ page, my account already given ‘1 Credit.’ You get a credit a month, which you can spend as you choose.
  • The best value is box sets or anything over the cost of your subscription, but I guess you will work that out all on your own. My free trial has resulted in me being the proud owner of a £23 Stephen King audio book, so no complaints there.
  • The prices are shown in cash money prices or credit prices, so it’s easy to see what you can afford.
  • As with Amazon the search is quick and easy, filters apply for best sellers, genres, authors etc.
  • If you are community minded you can join up and follow other readers, see what they are reading etc.
  • If not, just click and buy, then sit with a brew and listen to your book. Job done.
  • My wi-fi is quite quick anyway so my new 10 hour listening book downloaded within moments. I’d recommend doing it on wi-fi when possible, if you are on a limited data package, just in case.
  • From start to finish it took me less than five minutes. If you don’t have an Amazon account allow a bit longer to add all your payment and account information.

Price:

Current UK price £7.99 a month, starting with a free month’s trial. Drop it in your calendar so you don’t pay after the first month, if you want to avoid payments going out after the free trial.

Pros:

If you haven’t discovered audio books yet, try it or maybe give a gift of a subscription to someone. They are also an excellent way of making the best audio books accessible to those who may find the written word difficult, for whatever reason.

The audio format is ideal when out on a walk or on the treadmill. I’d be reluctant to recommend listening in a car or whilst driving as I think it can be distracting, but maybe it depends what book you are ‘reading.’ I’ve recently got into baking again and use that time to listen to both podcasts and audio books.

How about downloading a children’s book and listening with your kids? There are free books on there too, ideal for bedtime.

Cons:

It’s not your local library and it’s not paper books. But get over it. It makes books accessible, you can read many more books and currently it really is great value. You can still snuggle up with a paperback when the mood takes you.

The subscription could become onerous if you don’t read enough, so don’t allow it to be like your gym membership, paid out but ignored, OK? In fact, listen to the books at the gym you’re already paying for but not using, exercising brain and body all at once. Result!

It’s part of a big machine, Amazon so I encourage you to drop in to your local charity or book shop and buy the odd paperback.

Summary:

The audio book will not be going away any time soon, it won’t replace a paper book, just yet anyway, but it can help you to ‘read’ many more books.

It’s quick and easy to sign up, the best audio books are immediately available and the ‘credit’ each month, if you subscribe, can be a real bargain.

I’d recommend listening to the free sample, you may be listening to that voice for a LONG time, so make sure it doesn’t grate on your nerves.

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FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

FAQ- What is a Blogger- Not a logger, BLOGGER!FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

Almost everytime I slighty self-consciously tell people I’m a writer and a blogger, my voice sort of tales off. It’s hard to acquire a confidence about a career that I adore, without sounding pretentious. However I’m always surprised by the reaction. Usually it goes along two lines, either

“Oh wow, I want to do that, brilliant, what do you blog about? Are you earning loads of money?”

OR

“Oh, I’ve heard of that but I’ve no idea what it is”

First of all, I explain I’m writing two novels, as the writer part of my job title seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Then I humbly apologise and say no I’m not earning a fortune, but maybe one day if my lotto numbers come up.

Darren Rowse of Problogger set us bloggers a challenge to post an answer to a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) so to those who don’t know what this new phenomena is, I will explain, sort of.

FAQ: What is a Blogger?

Dictionary Definition

Blogger: someone who writes a blog

So that’s the shortest post I’ve written in a while.

“WAIT!” I hear you cry. “What’s a blog?”

Blog: a regular record of your thoughts, opinions or experiences that you put on the internet for people to read

How easy is that? If only! I love the blogging world, but that doesn’t quite cover it.

So, here is my own very short definition of what a blogger is…

A writer, entrepreneur, marketer, social media guru, promoter, gossip, expert, novice, photographer, designer, chatterbox, social animal, hermit, computer geek, nerd, keyboard addict, keyboard phobic, passionate advocate of chosen causes, teacher, student, lecturer, reader, historian, trend setter, opinionated egotist, copyrighter, sun-starved, typist, coffee addict, tea drinker, snacker, editor, proof reader, critic, product tester, technician, accountant, quick learner, adaptable, optimistic, pessimistic, paranoid, approachable, socially skilled, unsociable, political, apolitical, highly developed awareness of software updates and issues arising, font expert, spell check guru, bullet pointer, philanthropist, organiser, scheduler, diarist, theorist, deadline meeting, follower, hashtagger, liker, un-liker, procrastinator, experienced, inexperienced, website designer, sharer, content producer, socialite, friend, call to actioner, archivist, credit sharing, selfish, engaging, interviewer, interviewee, guest speaker, guest writer, podcaster, collaborator, consultant, webinar fan, enthusiast who posts their work on the internet in the desperate hope that it will help someone who may, just may, come back to see their work again.

In my best David Attenborough voice…the blogger does its work each day, or night, in the hope that they will attract a ‘reader’ who chooses to chat on social media and press the ever desired @ or # in the right places. The blogger works this hard so the ‘reader’ or ‘follower’ will subscribe. If successful, they will be given the reader’s tag, link and their highly treasured email address. They will know they have found a mate, in the blogging world these mates are known as ‘subscribers’ The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

I’m bound to have missed a vital aspect to the job so please tell me your individual skill acquired whilst blogging, clean answers only please…the internet is scary enough.

Featured Blog – Rolling through life, Faith Martin

Faith Martin. Remember the name as I’m sure she’ll go far in whatever journey she chooses to take in her life.

Rolling Through LifeHello, recently I was lucky enough to be invited to join a Bloggers group on Facebook. Through this I met an amazing young woman, Faith Martin. She is talented and remarkably mature for her years, I hope she won’t mind me saying that.

I wish to share a short item from her blog, and encourage you to follow her posts on:

Rolling through life

Here’s one about one of my chosen passions, art, or rather TV and film.

Disabled characters in film and TV

Today I wanted to touch upon disabled characters in the film and TV industry as I was inspired my a picture I saw of Wonder Women in a wheelchair (click here to see it) as it made me think about how the disabled community are represented in the industry itself.

British Soaps like Eastenders are based around today’s modern society so I believe disabled characters like Donna in the show are vital as they show a modern and diverse society as well as making disabled actors feel slightly more represented.

…Please continue reading the article on Faith’s Blog here…

If you know me, you know that wheelchair accessibility is something I feel strongly about. I get wound up by the incompetence of town planners and insensitivity of people who see the chair and not the person using it. So please, I encourage you to read other posts on Faith’s blog, including this one about joining with her in her campaign.

https://faithmsite.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/i-will-not-be-defined/

I raise my tea mug in salute, Faith Martin. Remember the name as I’m sure she’ll go far in whatever journey she chooses to take in her life. She is remarkably confident, intelligent and optimistic, three qualities I admire.

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If you have found any blogs you feel I should feature around my themes of Art, Imagery, Literature or Travel please let me know.

How to become a programmer

PLEEEEEASE let me know if you find any glitches, broken links or errors etc on my blog, Facebook, Twitter anywhere?

Doncaster Clouds
Doncaster Clouds

Hi, I’m just letting you know my brain’s leaking from my ears, my acrylic tips are worn down and my coffee machine is empty (OK so I don’t own one but you get my drift) This post is a quick test to check some code and copy/paste I needed to fix. Fingers crossed! Here we go…rinse and repeat…I didn’t realise just how much programming is required to link social media accounts together, oh my good grief people!

So, do me a favour PLEEEEEASE let me know if you find any glitches, broken links or errors etc on my blog, Facebook, Twitter anywhere?

By the way the image is relevant because today, not one single cloud is in the skies above Doncaster, not one. Blooming noisy helicopter, but no clouds. What do you see in this pic? Lobster? Teapot? Fat baby?

Thanks people, normal service will be resumed soon, promise!

What should I sell?

I’ve had a look around the house for things I can sell lately. Mainly because I’d love to make some extra money, but also because there is a lot of stuff lying around that I’ll never use. So why not pop it up for sale and let someone else enjoy it. I’m struggling to figure […]

http://swekiwi.com/2015/11/11/what-should-i-sell/

Writing Opportunities – Frustrating for us newbies (Written in 2012 – updated 2017!)

I will keep trawling the opportunities and WILL succeed, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Don’t you just find it annoying that you find the perfect competition or opportunity to submit a piece of work, only to discover you miss the criteria by being too old, live in the wrong place or have graduated from the wrong university! (BBC!! take note)

I will keep trawling the opportunities and WILL succeed, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but flippin’ ‘eck it’s blooming frustrating int it!

Update – 2017!!

I’m still plugging away. I am now a full time home worker and authorpreneur so things are looking up! Much more optimistic about the future and still getting frustrated at some of the criteria for competitions and submissions.

I’m so lucky though, I’m pursuing my love of words as a career…enough said.

If you are in a dip, or wondering why after a few weeks you aren’t a millionaire with thousands of followers falling at your feet and hanging on every word (as promised by some on the web) don’t give up. It takes time, resilience and hard hard work. If you are willing to do that, you’ll win!