Twitter Is Killing Itself

I’ve been a Twitter user for nearly six years and for the first three or four years, was a very active and happy user. However, over the last two years, Twitter has lost its way. A user posted a memorable Tweet once, during the days of the ‘Fail Whale’ when Twitter was in its infancy and often crashed. The Tweet read something like this. ‘When Twitter goes down, how do I get the latest news?’ This little Tweet was important, because it clearly demonstrated how quickly Twitter had become important to users, and how fantastic Twitter was at delivering up-to-the-minute news and information. At that time, I too was of the same mind and preferred Twitter as one of my main sources of news …

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The 32 Sour Grapes of Kobo

I read the thirty-two Tweets written by Kobo President, Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors, saying, ‘You’re on Amazon’s Hit List.’ Quite honestly, he sounds like the Monty Python sketch, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ He conveniently forgets about all the great things Amazon has done for self-published authors. He also does a very good job of making one think that he is not up to the job, as his 32 Tweet manifesto reeks of sour grapes. To be blunt, Kobo has done little worthy of mention and is struggling at the very tail end of self-publishing. This may because they are far too busy criticising, complaining and scare mongering, and doing precious little innovation. Kobo have been one of the most ‘stuck …

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Are You Being Locked Out Of Twitter?

I added this post on one of my other blogs today, but thought it would also be of interest to my regular readers on The Vandal, to understand what Twitter is doing to dissuade following. In recent months, many Twitter users have been locked out of their Twitter accounts on a regular basis. When a Twitter account is locked, it cannot send Tweets or follow new users. For the many authors who use Twitter as one of their main book promotional platforms, and as a traffic driver to book links and blog posts, this new procedure will have a serious negative affect on their ability to attract new followers and hence, traffic. So what is happening? There is a blue warning noticed …

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Do I Pontificate?

I was quite taken aback when someone on Twitter told me that I pontificate on my blog. Well, I was rather shocked to say the least, because, well, I am not a Catholic. Well, I should add here that I am actually Anglican, which although classified as Protestant, is more closely aligned with Catholicism. Ok, except for a few beheadings and divorces, it would have remained closer, but the Anglican Church does have bishops and priests, so, according to my very quick research on Wikipedia, (which is of course the source of all truth) it is really about not recognizing the Pope that caused all the problems. Which brings me immediately back to pontificating, of which I was accused. Again …

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The End Of The Trolls

I wrote a article on one of my other blogs Just Publishing, earlier today about the release of the Bowker Report into Self-Publishing. While I was writing, I realised that although there was a clear slowdown in new self-published titles according to the report, my thoughts were elsewhere, on a more positive slowdown. In the last twelve months, the trolls that once inhabited Goodreads and similar social media sites have at last gone quiet. It was a terrible situation for a couple of years, as social media site owners, and especially of Goodreads, took no action at all when new self-publsihed authors were attacked, often personally and viciously by the trolls of that period. It was a shameful time, and one …

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Putting The Self Into Self-Publishing

I have written a lot about self publishing, and it occurred to me while I was writing a post for one of my other blogs about the traditional publishing ‘smear’ that is dressed up as advice for self published authors that I should clear up a few fallacies. Firstly, let’s get one thing straight. Self-publishing gets its name from the logical interpretation that the author does everything. The author writes, researches, edits, markets, sweats, spends money, spends time, gets covers and well, I think you get the idea. The author does everything. If an author writes, and a team of people are paid to edit, copy edit, market, sell, stock, print, design and arrange publicity, interviews and book signings then …

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