What’s Muphry’s Law?

Wait, what… is that a typo? No it isn’t and yes it is… sort of. But it’s delibeberate a bit like that one. Do you have any idea what I am talking about?

We all know what Murphy’s Law is (or Sod’s Law as we say in England) “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” such as when you are running late for work and on your commute you get stopped at every red light on the journey yet the following day when you are running early, you won’t get caught in a single red light. Continue reading

Blog Tour – Honourable Mentions :)

It’s always a good idea to connect will fellow writers and I would recommend WordPress as a great place to do that. I have met some interesting writers from across the breadth of the fiction and non-fiction worlds. One of these is Sarah Grace Logan of A Slice of Imagination. A fellow Brit and fellow nerd (I’ve seen the Portal t-shirt Sarah but I’m glad to see your cakes are not a lie ;-) ), earlier today Sarah kindly mentioned my blog as part of a blog tour. Continue reading

Angel’s Mass edited

I knew it wouldn’t take me long but I didn’t expect to be done with it in just over an hour (most other stories have taken a few hours each day over the course of a few days). I knew I was happy with this because I spent so much time on it when I completed it two years ago. I made no changes to the actual story and only a handful of changes to the text. This was for flow; a couple of the sentences didn’t sound right and I change it so it read easier. There was some repetition and I took out sentences that I felt had just reiterated what I had already just said. This is now approximately 50-100 words shorter than the original edit, which is nothing.
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Blogiversary – 2!

I have now been blogging here for two years. In this time the site has undergone a lot of changes, not least of all a change of name from procrastin8or to the current name Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink. It started off as a journal for family and friends as an update on my writing as I tried to get back into writing fiction after years of neglect. Since then I have acquired 106 subscribers – and though the hit rate has dropped off since the name change – an average of 1000 hits per month with my busiest being June 2012 when I hit over 2000 (mostly down to the single posts on the film Prometheus).
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Is this book review for real?

Sock puppets are everywhere these days and now it seems that some writers are using the rather dishonest tactic of using pseudonyms on various websites and creating glowing reviews for their books in order to generate sales. The Guardian blog goes on to ask What does the sock puppet scandal mean for online reviewing?.

Personally, I find the apparent “scandal” all rather pathetic. The writer was pathetic for being insecure in his own talent that he felt the need to do this and the campaign to “Out” the authors who do it are being pathetic because, quite frankly, I can’t see fellow book bloggers caring enough to write about this issue. Also, is anybody really persuaded by a single review to either buy or not buy a book? Continue reading

Site redesign complete

So I decided to give it a week or so between changing the site name from “procrastin8or” to “sweat, tears and digital ink” so that non-regulars and the viewers from the web had time to adjust to the new name. I was always going to change the look of the blog but not until I was sure that there would be no more confusion.

I started off with Pilcrow and that standard header image of the row of books. The theme felt a little clunky for me despite that I used it for the best part of 18 months and tinkered with it ove rtime. Approximately four months ago I changed the theme to 2010. It was nice, easy on the eye and semi-professional looking but it still wasn’t what I wanted. I added my own bookshelf image to make it feel more like a bookworm and writer’s blog. Even back then I was starting to feel that I wanted to change the blog name. “Procrastin8or” aside from sounding like the villain in a sci fi spoof, just wasn’t appropriate any more. I’ve stopped procrastinating and I have a passion for writing back again and then some. I write something every day now and I wanted a title to reflect the new step forward. Continue reading

Like a lead balloon

That’s the way my (web) hit rate has gone since I changed the address for my blog. Whereas before I was getting 40-50 hits per day, now it is fewer than 20. Kind of odd, because the same sort of posts that were getting a lot of hits from google are now getting next to nothing. I don’t think I’ve had a single hit from the web so far, they’ve all come from wordpress searches or my subscribers (now 101 of you, thank you!)

I have put a few of the most popular search terms into google to see if I can get the posts that they refer to but nothing is happening. I guess that was an incredibly stupid move. I guess I ought to start “like spamming” now ;)

Any hints or tips to get that traffic back would be appreciated.


The more eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that the address for this blog has changed (I only did it about an hour ago). As I no longer procrastinate, the title of the blog as it was originally established is no longer valid. As of today, the new blog address is: Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink. I couldn’t quite figure out how to get the old address to automatically redirect to the new one so I ended up having to migrate it over to the new address and deleting procrastin8or. I’ll probably get zero hits from the web for the next few days then.

I feel this is a period of change for me in a lot of ways and my attempts to make it as a paid writer is part of those changes. I want to enter and win competitions. I want my work to be appreciated and most importantly, I want to write more. I may soon change the theme again but for now, everything stays the same except the title.

Keep on reading, there will be the same regular content as before!

“Like” Spamming

I am getting a little fed up with receiving lots of likes on posts. Great, I enjoy good feedback like any other blogger and I appreciate that you appreciate what I write. However, there seems to be a growing trend on WordPress for “Like” spammers. That is, people who trawl hundreds of blogs in a day liking every post that they see yet never post a single comment. These people are not engaging with the content or using the feature in the spirit in which it is intended. It seems that the majority are not actually reading the posts they are liking.

How have I worked this out? Firstly, several times in the last few months I have acquired several “likes” on posts that have (at the time) registered zero hits. Secondly, I turned off “likes” on 2012 and all that several months ago yet I still get them. It is clear what is going on here. Using the reader (which shows only the first 50 or so words of the post) these bloggers are scrolling through a subscribed topic and hitting “like” on everything. Thirdly, I am seeing the same gravatar icons appearing on a wide range of blogs covering a multitude of subjects and in each case, they have not commented. So as of today, I have turned this feature off on this blog. Continue reading