Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Fun: Go Google Yourself

I don't remember where I got it, but someone once advised me years ago to Google your name every once in a while, to see what comes up. You know, in case someone is saying nice (or not so nice) things about you.

I hadn't done this in ages, I'll admit. But it's sort of fun to see what comes up. When I checked F.T. Bradley, I found the usual interviews and blog posts, my website--stuff I already knew about. But then there was a guy (or lady) who thought (s)he could sell a Double Vision ARC for fifty bucks (ha!). There was a website in Japan selling the book--at least I think that's what they were doing, since I couldn't read any of it. And a few more websites--the book is kind of pricey in foreign countries.

I also found a sweet review by ten year-old Lily of Double Vision on the website of The Bookcase on Lake Street, an independent bookstore in Minnesota. It was posted back in September and I didn't know about it until now. Look at what you can miss, huh?

So go Google yourself, guys. I'll wait. Tell me if you find something fun or interesting.


4 comments:

  1. It's fun but also irritating. You can set up a google search which will tell you whenever your name or the book is mentioned. Also one for blogs.

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  2. Oh I love the $50 ARC. You are well worth it! I love looking at my google analyticals for the search terms that bring people to my site. Some are totally outrageous. I'd love to hear some of yours.

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  3. Fleur, most western books are pricey in non-English speaking countries like India where the high dollar rate is killing book sales. It's nice to know your book is selling in places like Japan and I hope it does in a big way. Elsewhere, I have Googled my own name on a few occasions (I believe it's called ego surfing!) and have come up with all sorts of links, most of them rather worthless and, as you say, nothing I didn't know already. But yes, it is fun.

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  4. I did this ego surfing term, Prashant :-) I'll have to check out the search terms...

    I need to check on the Google alert thing; somehow all I get is stuff about Fort Bradley :-)

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