Bloggers, reviews and Conversation with my Aunt

The good, the bad and the downright annoying.

It’s been a funny old week. After last week’s post about bloggers, I was inundated with email advices telling me about all the new people following my blog. Good news you would think – not exactly. The majority of them were either sleazy sales and marketing, or outright trolls with no contact details or proper links to their own site.

Although it’s time consuming, I always make a point of visiting the sites of those who visit mine -it seems a common courtesy. To get an idea of which of my stories are most popular, I keep a database of who visits and when, and there are some regulars who turn up every week. You know who you are and I really appreciate your support. Thank you.

On the other hand, I could cheerfully strangle the idiots who think it fun to randomly like and follow bloggers purely to waste their time. They must be really sad, lonely people with nothing better to do, so perhaps they deserve sympathy rather than a rant.

On a more cheerful note, once again my enormous thanks to the book bloggers who have come up trumps. When releasing a new book, the proper way is to contact beta readers and bloggers several weeks in advance to give them time to read your book, possibly leave a review and allocate a date for your guest post. Although I’m normally very organised, various health problems meant I did everything backwards when releasing ‘Story of a Country Boy.’

Despite their own difficulties, several bloggers have slotted me in at short notice, left reviews or given me space on their own blogs. Here’s the link to one if you’d like to read more.

Reflections of a Reader guest blog spot

Building up a following is one of the most difficult things for new and independently published authors. Here’s where you come in. If you enjoy a book, please consider leaving a review, even if it’s only a few words. Tell your friends about it, and share the link.

Help me improve this blog by letting you know which you prefer. Do you like the insights into the world of authors, bloggers and the writing world, or would you prefer to read a short story, like this one?


Conversation with my aunt.

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‘Do you think she knows we’re here?’

‘I might be old but I’m not stupid,’ the old lady retorted. ‘Now come and sit down and tell me who you are.’

‘We’ve been researching the family history and discovered you are our great, great aunt Camelia. My name’s Camelia too; I was named after you. This is my twin brother Camden. How are you Aunty C? This is a lovely room. How long have you been here?’

‘Since before you were born child. Tell me. What is the world like now? Have you ever ridden in a motorcar? I remember the feel of the wind in my hair when my beau took me out for a drive in the country. What fun that was even if it got me a bad reputation. Camden, what is that thing you’re playing with?’

‘It’s a mobile phone Aunt. I’ve just been talking to some friends in Australia, and using the Internet to check the time of our next train.’

‘What on earth are you talking about boy? That’s not a phone. It’s too small, it’s not black and where are the dial and the speaking piece? And what is a ternet?’

‘It’s how we communicate these days, Camelia. You can find anything on here. Look, I can even take your photo.’

‘Less of your cheek, young man. Who gave you permission to use my first name, you whipper-snapper. Next time you come bring your camera, and you can show me the plate.’

‘Sorry, Aunty. Look, this is you.’

‘Don’t be ridiculous. That old woman is not me, although I can see a resemblance from when I was a young girl. That’s one of the imitators I came in here to escape from. Are they still out there? Are you genuine or one of them? I’m tired now and need to rest. Come and see me again if you’re really who you say you are.’
‘Do you think she knows we’re here?’

‘I might be old but I’m not stupid,’ the old lady retorted. ‘Now come and sit down and tell me who you are.’

© Voinks November 2016 and March 2019

Amazon author page links
Val Portelli Amazon UK
Voinks Amazon USA


4 thoughts on “Bloggers, reviews and Conversation with my Aunt

  1. I prefer the insights into the world of authors, bloggers and the writing world, for as you say, building a fan base is very hard. Although, I have to say your tales are good, especially with your sense of humour, Val. LOL.

    P.S.Drabble time tomorrow on my blog – you first and then two from me. Rock ‘n’ Roll.


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