Forest Brothers

Forest Brothers gets spammed!

And don’t worry, I didn’t click on any of the links. You are not at risk!

Tell me, does this mean I am doing well, that I get this kind of attention?  🙂

This month has seen a sudden rise of spam coming through to both this website and the facebook page. Seriously, why bother? I really would just jump across to the incredible offerings of a total stranger randomly selecting me by some program.

I’m not going to buy your products. I don’t need sun-glasses, it rains here. A lot.

I don’t need an SEO. I’ve got a really great one already – Aqueous SEO. Jon and Jamie sort me out. If I didn’t have them, I’d be going to Jelena at Novista. I’m sorted guys. I’m happy. Quick bit of advertising there, because these two teams deserve it!

And before you ask… I don’t need any of THOSE products either…

The Facebook spam is crafty. A new user asks to join the group, then springs in some marketing post (about sunglasses, in my case. They just don’t get the message…)

A long time back, a really good friend of mine died and I set up a Facebook page as a sort of wake and book of condolence. A lady asked to join and in good faith I accepted Next thing I knew, she had posted a link. Click on this. i did, it was some house music. My buddy was a rock fan. i quickly dropped it, ran the virus checker and told the woman what i thought about her, preying on the mourning.

It has made me wary, so of the last 4 requests to join the Facebook group have been declined, as they are from profiles that have no or one or two posts, have little or no friends and don’t make any sense. One request was from a guy in France who took a name that I found out later was of a philanthropic American Billionaire. But the only post on the site was arranging a small loan at some rate of interest. In billionaire terms, VERY small. (If I have offended a wealthy US philanthropic  billionaire, I do apologise though. They do decent beer in the local pub, I’m buying)

Anyway, it’s frustrating trying to market your work enough. I don’t mean having to do so, it’s refreshing. It is also necessary and if you talk to most authors, it comes with the territory. You also need exposure when you are starting up. Nobody knows of me (by the way, in terms of the Geraint Roberts’ of this world, I didn’t write the book on Welsh castles, am not a German based jazz bass guitarist and was never mauled by a 49 stone pig at my farm…) And I really need to get myself and Forest brothers promoted, so i need all the exposure I can get. just not the stuff that comes wrapped around the brand name for Pork luncheon meat 🙂

Moving on, more Estonian stuff to follow. What do I write next? Who would you put in the title roles of the hypothetical movie? More about Estonia and why it is similar to Wales in my universe. Keep smiling!

By Geraint Roberts

Stuck in a limbo and desperate to do something meaningful, what to do? That is where writing began for me. A creative way of expressing myself and a chance to harness my wondering imagination. I close my eyes and I'm there. Wish I'd picked 'there' as a warm sunny day on a sandy beach, with the waves gently lapping on the shore...but I have to let the story load in my mind, then watch it unfold, wherever it may be. Currently I'm on a windy bridge, or a Devon beach, or a Cornish ti mine, or a submarine, or looking towards a Hebridean port...

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