Well here we are beginning another week and time for me to add another post to my gradually growing blog.
It occurred to me that while everything has a beginning, sometimes I get so caught up in the process that after a while I forget what life was like before. Before what? Well before the start of anything new.
I think new things usually start with a dream, would you agree?
Just a thought:
Earl Nightingale was a famous American motivational speaker and author. Perhaps his most famous book was The Strange Secret in which he said “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” And so it does.
The week that was:
Do you like honey? Not long after we moved to Victor Harbor I discovered a quirky garden centre in Goolwa which was also a fodder shop and a honey shop. We go there a lot. I can buy chook feed there and mulch which I use for chook bedding then, when it is full of poo, transfer it to the garden.
The plants are very tempting-I rarely can resist buying something flowery -and the garden accessories are fascinating. I like garden statues if they are in proportion to what they are meant to represent so when I found a life size stone possum of course I had to buy it. It looks really good hiding in the geraniums at home.
But the best thing about this shop is the honey. So much variety in pots of all shapes and sizes and flavours I didn’t know existed. We get a new pot about once a fortnight and have no problem using it just about every day. It makes that first cup of tea in the morning extra special. If you like drinking tea and you like to sweeten it a little, try replacing your usual sweetener with honey. Only use about half as much as you think you’ll need because it is very very sweet and a little goes a long way. I can’t even imagine drinking tea without adding honey, especially first thing in the morning.
Our honey obsession has got a bit extreme, I must admit. Even the dogs love it. So I boil the jug, make the tea (in a teapot of course, with real tea leaves) then pour out two mugs full and three bowls.
Then it’s “Connor, Cadi, Riley” and all three dogs come running for their morning cuppa. Peter tends to wait back till the dogs have vacated the kitchen before he comes to claim his mug.
It’s an important ritual at our house, that morning cuppa tea with honey.
Usually I find myself talking about the dogs but today I want to mention the geese. I have two geese, both white with grey trimmings (is that what you call it on geese?) I am told one is a male and one female but I have no idea which is which. So I call them both Arthur and Martha, it’s up to them to work it out.
I have no idea how old they are; I only know they had a pretty nasty start to life. They were used in a laboratory as “guinea pigs” of a sort. Subject to various experiments before they grew too big to be of any further use.
I realise there is a belief that using animals in experimental studies is meant to be a way of improving human existence but surely there must be a better way. This pair came to me terrified of humans and inclined to panic if the slightest change occurred in their environment.
Since they’ve been with me they’ve been treated kindly, provided with plenty of food, water to drink and to swim in, and space to move around with a lawn to graze on. The difference in their attitude is amazing. I mean I know very little about geese and I’m probably making heaps of mistakes but to see how they’ve learned to trust and to appreciate their daily routine is pure joy.
They are deeply bonded and have even developed friendships with the dogs, who they used to fear, and the chickens, who they used to attack. They have their own sleeping space in the shed and happily put themselves to bed each night with absolutely no fear of being closed in.
I had no idea geese were intelligent. I’ve always thought they must be pretty stupid. After all we call someone a “goose” if they do something silly don’t we? But these two guys have a relational ability that is way beyond anything I expected. It makes me wonder about the level of mental anguish that animals suffer at our hands in the name of so-called progress.
Willunga Markets this coming Saturday. Apart from having to get up early in order to get there and get set up before the crowds arrive, I’m really looking forward to it. So many new friends there, all willing to help a newbie and make the time lots of fun. Hoping for good sales of course- my book wasn’t written to just sit in a cupboard.
As previously mentioned, you can get a copy of my book by messaging me on my Facebook page – Beverley Writes. Or use the comments section on this blog. The cost is $30 which also covers postage and handling. Or $20 if you live locally.
Affiliate marketing update:
I thought it might be good to remind myself how I got started in all this affiliate marketing stuff. So far it has been such a whirlwind of a journey that it’s hard to remember what it was like when I wasn’t involved.
I actually had a go at affiliate marketing back in 2014. It wasn’t pretty. I did a quick course then got let loose on the internet to do what I could. I knew I had to find products I would like to promote, sign up to become an affiliate then advertise. That was the extent of my knowledge. There were plenty of people to try to sell me various products “guaranteed” to ensure my success and I bought a few. But I gradually came to realise I was spending far more than I was making so I gave up in despair, swearing to never have anything more to do with affiliate marketing.
Fast forward to 2022. I hadn’t let go of the idea that an internet business would have to be successful if only I had the right knowledge and could find a mentor.
As if it was meant to be I came across a Facebook ad talking about a book called The Iceberg Effect. It was written by a guy called Dean Holland who had been involved in affiliate marketing for over 10 years. He claimed to be able to teach people like me to be successful in the business by providing us with a proven plan and ongoing mentoring. The starting point was the book and as it was free I thought “why not?”
For me the decision to get the book was also a type of test as to the honesty of this Dean Holland person. I thought if this is genuine, the book will turn up as promised and will be as valuable as Dean had said.
If the deal was dodgy, then the book would probably not turn up but as I had given my address to Dean, I would probably find my self bombarded with all sorts of shiny objects guaranteed to make me a millionaire overnight, with three clicks of my mouse and a payment of thousands of dollars.
But if it was dodgy I could just say “no” couldn’t I? And after all, the book was free.
It took two weeks but the book did turn up. And it was the start of a whole new journey for me. I read it from cover to cover. Then read it again. It was easy to understand and made so much sense. My 2014 disaster was explained and I was sneakily glad to find out I was not the only one who had made those mistakes.
The book promised a way of getting into the affiliate marketing business through a program of both group and individual mentoring and with a proven plan to follow.
I was in. This was just what I was looking for. The adventure was beginning. You can check out what I found right here. https://rn132.isrefer.com/go/BBELLCBFB/a7676/blogbw
I found this a really interesting offer. It’s a course designed to teach you all about the fundamentals of email marketing. In this day and age many people are into video making as their marketing strategy but not all of us are comfortable making videos on a daily basis. My personal belief is that email marketing can be very powerful so I was glad to come across this course. This is what the creator has to say.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’ll be honest with you…
I’m not the most extroverted guy on the planet…
I don’t hang out on social media all that much and do ‘live’ videos.
I do make videos, but I don’t make them daily like most social media marketer’s do.
I don’t do daily posts…
I prefer my privacy.
I guess you could say I’m an introvert.
This is why I prefer email.
I can whip up an email for the day, press send, and still get my marketing message out to my audience in the most efficient way possible..
Listen, you had better be following up with your prospects someway.
If it’s not social media, it better be email.
It just so happens email works best for all of us marketing introverts out there 🙂
And lucky for us introverts, email still is proven to convert leaps and bounds higher than social media.
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So that’s it. I recommend you click on the link and have a look at what is being offered. It might just be what you are looking for.
PS: Here is the link again.
Wrapping up the week:
I think I’ve run out of things to say for this week. I hope you continue to enjoy my jottings. Please leave a comment as I would love to hear from you.
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