Which is pretty scary when you think about it. I mean, I can type, oh, I don't know... This:
The boy stood on the burning deck,
He didn't miss a trick.
The Captain of the ship appeared,
and kicked him in the... shin.
And within seconds, people in France, Poland, China and Cyprus are reading it.
(Ah, crap! Yeah - And in the Ukraine too, did I mention I'm very big in the Ukraine?)
Now, at best, that's meaningless - At worst it's the ugliest borderline doggerel since that piano fell on Lord Byron halfway through the last canto of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, causing him to write:
"And thou, dread Statue, yet existent in... Oh! you bleedin' clot, get this piano off my foot!"
(You can actually read this line in the original manuscript, it's just between the splat of a fried egg and a suspicious stain that looks a lot like Vimto.)
Anywho, where was I? Oh, yes.
Blogs, and bloggers. There are an unusal amount of people out there who think that their opinions and experiences will be of interest to the hoi-polloy. I'm one of them, obviously I've had an unusual old life really, when you think about it... I mean there's the whole 'Getting Shot' thing and the 'Being invited to suckle from that chap's wife' episode amongst others. But you know, a lot of them are about people with 'Normalish' lives, doing 'Normalish' things and in fairness, they tend to be really boring 'Shout into the void' affairs, detailing what people have done that day, or what flavour of crisps they like. They're nice to read whilst you're drinking your coffee so that you can feel a bit superior or maybe compare your life favourably to someone else.
But some stand out as different - There's my good friend Tattooed Mummy's one for instance, which I've pointed you at before. She's into the whole 'Mums' type of thing, and if you're one of those, you should probably head over and take a look. She does product reviews and all sorts of things (Also she just won an iPad from The 99p Store for, like, doing a clever tweet or something, which I'm not bitter about at all)
And there's my mate Emma, who runs her own Blog - it concentrates mostly on writing, and she's managed to grab herself an Editor for her next book and everything. She's full of good advice - Go take a look.
But the one I actually want to talk about now is one by a nice lady that I don't really know in the slightest. Don't get me wrong, she sends me emails quite regularly and uses my first name and everything - But she does this to a lot of people, because she's nice, and polite. And despite the fact that we've never interacted personally, I feel something of a kindred spirit. See if you can figure out why as we go along.
This is her:
|Lotte Lane, with a train|
(which I didn't realise rhymed until I wrote it)
Her name's Lotte Lane and she lives in Bristol
(My name's NOT Lotte Lane, but I did once live in Bristol - I had a great little flat on the Floating Harbour.)
She writes a blog about things that happen to her and how it's likely to change her life
(My Blog is mostly about stuff that has already happened to me and how it shaped my life.)
She's an 'Awesomiser' who can make anything you want to do 'More awesome' in some way
(I'm a can-doist, I've got a plaque and everything. See below>)
|LEGO work courtesty of the Micro-Dandy|
(I'm ruggedly handsome)
She's a Mother.
(I'm a Father - Of different children before you start thinking that that was the big reveal)
She's suffered from depression
(I've suffered from depression)
She's got a shiny, new website
(Cock! this one was a mistake, I got nothin' here)
She knows how to do coding and mailshots so everything looks professional
(Again? Dammit all to heck - I just mash the keyboard with my pudgy fists and you guys get what you're given)
She's had the cojones to give up her job and go it alone to do the stuff she loves doing and follow her dream.
(I have freakishly small virtual genitalia in comparison)
She's written a book
(I've written three books! Hahahahaha! I win! I win! In your face Lotte Lane!)
Sorry about that... It was a temporary aberration... I have a hold of myself now (No, not like that, you maggots).
I know that I've been pimping books a lot recently, but this is something different. Neither myself, nor James Josiah (whose brilliant new book I pimped mercilessly last week) Will die of hunger if you don't buy our books - Well, maybe JJ will, I thought ahead and laid down a thick layer of blubber before the winter, He's like a racing snake, you wouldn't even cannibalise him in a plane crash.
But Lotte might - This is a real revenue stream for her - I'm a big believer in helping out where I can.
You can read about the book (and buy it, obvs) from Lotte's new website HERE and it's available as one of these 'Pay what you want' style deals. And as I know you guys, I know you'll dig deep because you want to help people who follow their dreams don't you?
Yes... Of course you do.
Oh yeah, join her mailing list too, she'll send an email to you quite regularly with your name on it... You can use it to convince people you have another friend.