I’m expecting this to be a very short post today, but I know how I am so we’ll see. Anyway, since I call this blog I’m Just Sharing I thought I’d share this one with you.

Our buddy Tristan Higbee, who’s really not blogging all that much anymore but still maintains a casual relationship with people at his site called The Aloof, has a new venture that’s very interesting for those of us who love not only reading books but getting them for free.

It’s called, hence becoming the first post I’ve ever written that’s all in small letters because that’s what the site is. It stands for “Free Kindle Books” and what it does is list many of the free books that Amazon sets up to be downloaded for free every day.

I’m not sure how he’s done the automation, and he states he’s making some money off it, but basically he’s got it set up so that you can check one of 6 different categories every day, look through the list to see what you might be interested in, click on those and let it take you to the Amazon page, and if you have a Kindle or a Kindle app on your computer you can download the books. If you don’t have either of those you can read it with some free program that Amazon allows you to use; I don’t know that much about it since I have the Kindle app on my smartphone. The categories are: nonfiction, fiction, language learning, poetry, food and children/young adults.

Now, these aren’t best sellers, so if you’re holding out for the latest Grisham novel you’re going to be out of luck. But there are some gems here and there, and maybe you’ll remember a few days ago when I helped promote Beverly Mahone’s book Don’t Lie, which was a free download for a couple of days. I’ve read some pretty good books and I’ve suffered through a couple of dogs. Some are very short; one “book” was about 30 pages. Still, they’re free, so you “pay” your money and you take your chances.

By the way, you need to pay attention because these exclusives don’t last too long, so if you click on the link at the wrong time of the day the books might not be free anymore. And some books stay free for more than a day, so if they’re on the list and you want to take a chance to look at them, do so. One last piece of advice; check the reviews at the bottom and if there are some with 3 stars or less, look at those before you look at the good reviews.

Wow, guess this wasn’t so short after all. lol

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Yes We Can Be A-List Success Stories

The other day, I read a post on a blog called WordPress Theme Customizations written by a guy named Costa on the topic Are You Still Dreaming To Be Famous Blogger. His point is that people will read what these A-list bloggers have to say, buy what they put out, and often you’re not only left with a product that didn’t really tell you anything you could use to try to get where they are, and not only are they not really even blogging anymore as much as managing, but you will never reach the level these guys got to, and that maybe it’s time for you to just be who you are.

He makes some interesting points, and I hope you click over and read what he had to say. I, being me, do take some exception to some of what he had to say, but not because of the reasons he chose. Here’s my take on it all.

Any one of us can be an A-list blogger. What that means, however, is that at some point you’re going to need one of two things. One, you’re going to need a major break of some kind. Two, you’ve got to be set up to capitalize on that big break when it comes.

This post isn’t about any of that, however. What it is about is not giving up on a dream, no matter how big, no matter how small (yup, now I’m channeling Horton the elephant). Anthony Robbins once said “if you have nothing to live for, you die.” If you’re not trying to accomplish something with your blog, why bother with it at all? If you’re willing to be less than your potential, why bother?

True, based on reality, everyone can’t be an A-list blogger. Does that mean you can’t be? Not at all. You could be a famous blogger without being an A-list blogger. You could make a lot of money without being an A-list blogger. You are whatever you are, and you can potentially be whatever you strive to be. Even if you never made it to the A-list, you will always feel secure that you have gone all out to be the best, and you can never take anything but pride in that. And there’s a lot to blogging; just check out these stats from The Future Buzz.

I do agree with Costa on one point that says a lot of what you purchase doesn’t end up giving you exactly what you want. For instance, that Beyond Blogging book on the side there isn’t a book that’s going to give you step by step instructions on being a better blogger. It’s tales of how some bloggers who have made a lot of money did it. It’s motivational; nothing wrong with that.

It’s like networking, for those of you who work for yourself; it is what you make of it, and if you leave a networking event without meeting at least one person, most of the time it’s your fault. Some people join organizations thinking those organizations are going to help them make business contacts that are going to bring money into their pocket. But that’s not what most groups are about, so it’s their fault for thinking that.

Now, if you want some free ebooks that may or may not help you, you can check out this post of mine offering some ebooks on affiliate marketing, and then this other post with more ebooks on affiliate marketing. These are free; go for it.

Back to my premise. I’m shooting for great success in 2010. After all, I’ve just been named one of the Top Baby Boomer Men of 2010, thank you very much. 🙂 After that other post of mine on publicity, this is a nice start to the new year. But I don’t have to be the only one shooting for the stars. The world is big enough for all of us to try to be as big as we want to be, whether it’s A-list blogger, famous movie star, or just rich person without any notoriety whatsoever.

Just don’t give up on your dreams because it seems like a hopeless cause. Now let’s get out there and conquer the world!

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