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.


  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 :-)