I picked one of my first 100 followers earlier today and gave them a little gift - 6 times the number of blog followers they had this morning. Always nice to give something back.
By the way, thanks for the emails and messages about the podcasts. I'm glad you're finding them helpful, but don't be shy about commenting. It's not your fault if you've struggled with writing in the past. Sometimes you just get crummy teachers and it gets boring, or complicated. I'm happy to share this stuff with you so you can forget all that, and start to enjoy writing.
Comment here on the blog, under the podcasts. It's nice to let people know what you find useful, so they learn from it too. If you haven't checked out the podcasts in the 'Writing, for Non-Writers' series, have a listen and leave comments. They take a while to put together, so I'll take my lead from you. If you want free, professional advice on writing, let me know and I'll provide it.
And finally... after I told you all about SocialOomph I checked to see how many of you were trying it out, and it's... loads! Thrilled to have helped so many of you. Incidentally, nobody I've referred to this product has stopped using it - 100% approval rating is a pretty good reason to try it if you haven't so far.
What I did notice though was that over 20 of you are using the most pared down version. That makes no sense to me, as you miss out on so many features. I was flummoxed, until I realised I hadn't made it clear that you can get the professional version for free! Doh! All you have to do is click the link (I think it's on the front page when you go through) that tells you about the trial professional version. You're not locked in or anything. You can try it for free, and downgrade to the basic version again afterwards if you choose not to upgrade. Simple.