Just Bing it… I do
I’ve noticed lately that the number of referrals to my blog from Bing have been increased while those from Google have decreased. Maybe people are catching on and ditching Google like I did? Search has become a zero game. In fact, (I’m not getting paid for this recommendation by Microsoft mind you…) I prefer using Bing because the first full page of results are not just sponsored and paid for, as they usually tend to be on Google. That makes the results more relevant versus who paid the most to get the first page. Also, I use it because for every search, even reading the news, you get points that can be redeemed for different thing. In my case, I redeem them almost every month for a $5.00 Amazon gift card that I can apply directly to Amazon, where I make most of my purchases. There are other rewards too but that one is perfect for me. So get better, relevant info, and get something out of your searches. Just Bing it…
Democrats Shutdown the Government
Remember when Democrats told Republicans not long ago that shutting down the government was on par with an act of terrorism? Remember when Democrats told Republicans that shutting down the government for something they selfishly wanted was reckless and against the people? Apparently Democrats don’t remember… The FACT is Democrats said those things and the media echoed them for days on end to the public. The media went out and interviewed people to get the anger over it on record. Now, the media is all but silent. See, their side is shutting down the government so the media will ignore the same narrative they used when the Republicans did it. It’s this partisan hypocrisy I hate. And depending on what side you are on… You are probably all for whatever is happening.
I was for shutting down the government every time the Republicans did it or came close to doing it. If the Democrats do it… Fine. Most of the government needs to be shut down. Yeah, yeah… “What about the people depending on the government money?” You know what? Smart people will do things so they don’t depend on the government money. Getting in bed with the government is never a good idea.
And just an FYI: Remember when the Obama admin went all drama and shut down the national parks and had barricades put up, during that government shut down? Yeah… National Parks are all open. That was just pathetic drama that the media could use to drum up support against the Republicans. None of those parks needed to be closed. Obama was always just a drama queen for the media.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
I go back and forth with this band. I picked up the debut album the day it came out, long before radio and most people picked up on them. I’ve seen them in concert when they came through Atlanta on their second album. I wasn’t impressed with their third album at the time of its release because of all of the chanting, but I started listening to it again thanks to the release of the current single Walk on Water (on their upcoming 5th album), and I really enjoy it now. So now I’m checking out their 4th album in more of an in depth way too. I guess… as of this moment, they are my current favorite band. They’ve got the right balance of guitars and synths with big arena style lyrics and sounds. All of it is really good stuff and I’ll definitely be checking out the 5th album on Amazon Music Unlimited when it is released.
Book Prices Have Gone Up
I just noticed on Amazon that ebook prices (from publishers) seem to have gone up across the board. Last year they were generally at $9.99 but a lot seem to now be pushing $11.99 to $12.99. Luckily self publishers are still putting out good stuff at reasonable prices but this upward trend from the publishers is a bit eye opening as to how scared they must be to see self publishers coming up and cutting them out. Instead of selling more for less, they are just going into a protectionist defensive posture to guard their already slipping market share.
I know for my books, I will self publish via KDP on Amazon. Not that I wouldn’t love to get some big book deal or anything, but the chances are slim and a lot of luck is involved. A lot of luck. Better to just self publish it myself and get my stories out there, instead of hoping some publisher will like what I’m doing enough to give me a chance.
That’s my stream and I’m sticking to it!!!