One reason I follow you is that I trust you to tell it as it actually is even when it doesn't make you look successful. What you write has the ring of authenticity. I don’t always agree with you, but I’ve always respected you. I have also followed some of the people who I’ve come to believe are like the ones you describe here, and it didn’t take long to see through them. You’ve hit the nail on the head.

I now take the advice of those “experts” with a grain of salt. Much of what they say is common sense one could discover without them. Because they are motivated by profit doesn’t mean their advice is always bad for a new writer to consider. We all need to start somewhere on a new site and we do try to understand what has worked for others. At the same time, we need to filter that information to discover what will work for us.

The problem is that these “gurus” try to keep getting new milk from teats that have dried up. There are only so many ways you can keep repeating the same thing before people tire of it and move on. I prefer to spend my reading time on learning something new or getting to know other writers better through the fresh experiences they share. And so I keep following you.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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