A friend of mine pointed me toward a female author's blog this weekend because she'd seen my name mentioned more than once. This is a female author who writes m/m fiction I first learned about while reading a comment thread.
I found the her posts interesting, and the fact that I'd been mentioned even more interesting. I don't know this author, and most likely never will. But it was interesting.
And it made me wonder about google alerts. I've never done them. I don't like them crowding my in-box, and I don't have time to sit and check out links all day. I know other authors do google alerts because it helps keep them up on what's being said about them in cyberspace.
So I'm on the fence about google alerts. So far I've managed to live a healthy and productive life without them. And if someone posts something positive about me, I usually hear about it somewhere. The same thing goes for the negative posts.
The only thing that does bother me is that if someone reviews a book and I don't know about it, I hope they don't think I'm ignoring them. Something like that happened last week. I found out someone had given me a great review months ago. Normally I would have thanked them. But since I didn't know, I didn't do anything. When I found out last week, I did send a thank you.
So I figured I'd better mention this on the blog, in case anyone wonders. I don't do google alerts and probably won't start doing them anytime soon. It's nothing personal and I hope it doesn't offend anyone.