Thursday, February 26, 2015

Something Miraculous Happened

The law of giving works! As a child, I learned a song called "Love is something if you give it away, it comes right back to you." The beginning of this year, I promised myself to give back to those who gave to me. When I self-published Day Laughs Night Cries: Fifteen with little marketing skills, Sherry Ellis was one of the first bloggers to acknowledge my book, even letting me know it existed in places I didn't know existed. She gave ratings on Shelfari and Barnes and Noble and wrote reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I did not scream, "Thank you, Sherry." In my heart, I wanted to return the love, not because I felt I had to, but because she sincerely did something for me and I knew how important this kind of service was for writers.

I decided to return the love by buying Sherry's books and reviewing them. I read the books and waited for the perfect time to review them, which never came until almost two years later—a week ago. I had given back. Yet, for me, the law of giving was not completed. Since I did not blog frequently (9 posts last year) and I had/have a small group of blogger friends, I was/am not a "big fish" on the internet who received hundreds or thousands of views each day. However, something miraculous happened when I wrote the two brief reviews of Sherry’s books That Mama is a Grouch and That Baby Woke Me Up, Again!. My blog crashed. Ok, that's a big lie. I had almost two hundred views the first day and the next day I had almost 550 views. It dwindled after that but was still high.

I think the reason for the page-view spike was Google plus. See the arrow. Sherry's friends supported her, which in turn supported me. Support your blog colleagues and give back. Love returns to you—sometimes in abundance—when you give it away. I do believe in the law of giving. Thank you, Sherry.

Here is an interesting post I read today: Best Seller Labs
Day Laughs Night Cries official website is up again - will be modified soon.