Category Archive: Technical Blather

Technical (or somewhat technical) posts about things like hashtags, analytics, the blog itself...

Aug 07

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Losses and Gains

Welcome, friends. I implore you to take some time out of your super busy day/night/life to visit my dear friend Dr. J. For the past few weeks, we’ve been pouring over the internet for fixes and help, but when it came down to it, the easiest thing to do was to rebuild almost from scratch. …

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Jul 06

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Calling All Google Geeks

I can’t take it anymore, I want my Google Chrome back. Please save my sanity (what little I have left). I haven’t been able to use my Google Chrome on my new laptop for way too long now and it’s driving me mad. I can use it on the old laptop, I can use it …

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Feb 10

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Dear Facebook App

You’ve annoyed me for the last time.  Why I deleted the Facebook App from my phone At some point in the past month or so, the Stoopid Monkeys threw a wrench into the works. (Which translates to: Someone at Facebook updated something and fucked shit up.) I receive certain, specific notifications regarding the social media …

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Feb 08

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: I think I broke it.

Did I break it? You decide. The other day I was messaging back and forth via Twitter direct messages with Dr. J. At some point, Twitter went down into a fiery grave of “We’ve encountered an error. Thanks for letting us know. Try again in a few minutes.” What was odd about this is that …

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Jan 22

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Recovery Sucks

The Not So Good Friday night I went to bed and left the laptop on. I don’t normally do that, I’m a serial shut down type. The only time I leave it up and running is when I leave something up that I was looking at and don’t want to forget. Or searching for something …

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Jan 11

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Newsletters (Why I haven’t created one)

Hard and Fast One of the first things you’re supposed to do as an author of any genre, before you publish that first title, is to create a newsletter. Why? So that people who truly enjoyed reading your story, whatever it may be, can sign up and find out immediately when you have a new …

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Dec 29

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Oops, they broke it. Or did they fix it?

WordPress Reader Comment Option Goes Missing! If you don’t use the WordPress App and you aren’t using the WordPress Reader to follow other blogs (both are really nice, btw) then you probably didn’t notice that the comment option may have vanished on your self-hosted blog. Now, I know, people have been told for ages that …

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Oct 30

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Glitched Flipping

Do you have Kindle Unlimited? Do you use the Page Flip feature? There’s a glitch with the PageFlip feature that a lot of authors are seeing the repercussions of and, since it’s being observed as ‘the app is performing as expected’ it’s not considered a glitch. The PageFlip feature was introduced to scroll through the …

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Oct 04

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Proper Use of Social Media

Here’s the thing about being a writer. It doesn’t matter if you’re traditionally published or self-published, or somewhere between, you have to do quite a bit (or all) of your own marketing. This means creating and utilizing social media platforms properly. And oh my, the choices of where to go and how to utilize them …

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Jun 18

Mischa Eliot

Font Slut

I have a confession: I am a font slut. I love fonts. I have a hard time not downloading a ton of fonts when I go to a font site. I want to download everything I see for the most part. I don’t want the really sloppy fonts that look like someone just scribbled in …

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May 09

Mischa Eliot

Fix-It Fast Series

Update: The Fix-It Fast Series issue has been fixed. Thanks to Jeff and Maggie at Amazon! Woot Woot! Thanks! FYI, if you have any issues finding the Fix-It Fast stories on Amazon, it’s because they have them listed as ‘Editions’ instead of “Volumes”. Even though I put the volume numbers in (and not edition numbers), …

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Feb 24

Mischa Eliot

Technical Blather: Maximize Your Reach

Anal About Analytics I decided to check my analytics with Twitter one day and wanted to see which tweets were doing better than others. Imagine my shock and dismay when it turned out that my last several tweets were advertising RoundTeam and not my stories. I don’t mind advertising for RoundTeam, but looking at the …

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Dec 22

Mischa Eliot

#Hashtags Help

I see a lot of people sharing their work on Twitter and Facebook that aren’t getting the reach they could. Some of these people use some hashtags that are genre-based or none at all. Let me tell you, if you use the ReTweet Group hashtags you will get more retweets because that’s what the groups …

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May 26

Mischa Eliot

“I don’t have a Kindle…”

“I can’t buy your book because I don’t own a Kindle.” You would not believe how often I hear this. And, while I don’t personally go out to actual people and say “Hey, buy my smutty stories!” I do let people online know that I write smutty stories. Some people even tell me they like …

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Apr 07

Mischa Eliot

Figuring Things Out: KDP Related

I finally got it right! And that is extremely exciting for me. When previewing the files I uploaded to Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing I was heartbroken to see that images weren’t working. I like putting an image of the next cover at the end with a short description of what might happen. Even though the …

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