Exciting Times

I haven’t updated this blog for a long time, partly because I’ve been up to my ears in work on other projects that are my bread and butter. Writing in here feels a little frivolous, but since it’s “my place” online, I suppose I had better bring it up to date.

Times are exciting right now.

I don’t write much about family life online because I like to keep it private, but I can reveal that after 18 years on this mortal plane, out old dog Ronnie finally gave up the ghost a few months ago, about a year after our other one, Daisy left us aged 16. Old dogs they were and we miss them a lot.

But at the end of September we got a puppy from a rescue place near Malaga and she has slotted right in. her name is Mia and she was actually born in the rescue centre and we got to meet her and fell in love with her right away. Our daughter loves her to bits too.

OK, so that’s as much personal stuff as I’m giving out here.

Musically, the band are going from strength to strength with both myself and guitarist Brad in full creative mode writing lots of new songs. Our set is almost entirely made up of original songs now, although we still play a few covers at our gigs to keep the crowd happy. We must be doing something right because we have a pretty strong following from the local biker crowd with connections in Germany, Belgium and right up into Scandinavia.

You can take a look at one of our older videos from 2012 in this post: Some Fun Music

We are currently recording a CD of a selection of our songs that we’ll be selling at gigs and online via my latest music website at webmusicstar.com. The plan is to release a couple of tracks onto iTunes and see if it generates any interest.

So what am I up to in my line of work?

I’m focused on a few newer websites in different niches, creating lots of good content and building links the right way (not the old pre-2012 way) which is a process that I’m keeping to myself because its working and I’m not about to give away information that is making me money for others to come along and muscle in on my success.

I’m sure there are still plenty of “gurus” that will sell you their latest greatest proven plan and maybe it will help you. I can’t really say. But what I can say is that if you want to get into this business (SEO + affiliate marketing) you need to do a lot of testing for yourself to see what works and what doesn’t. I don’t follow anyone, I just test my own stuff and follow what works.

I’m still an active member of Dave’s “Pond” which is the only forum you’ll find me on these days, but not if you’re not a member. It’ll cost you $10 a month to join http://pond.zenduck.me if you want. If not, don’t.

That’s all for now. Consider this site up to date!

Write Something!

I’ve been so busy lately with building my other sites up with content that I’ve neglected this one and I suppose I really shouldn’t as its supposed to be my personal window onto the cyber world where I can be just me. That is the me who is not constantly hammering away at making a living online from all that writing and website building!

So what can I reveal in here that is happening my own little corner of the world? Well, I don’t really want to give too much personal info away as I believe a person’s personal life should remain just that. After all, if I’d really craved the limelight and wanted every Tom, Dickhead and Harry to know everything about me, I would have pushed myself into the media world and tried to make a name for myself. Nope, that stuff is for the beautiful people to have all to themselves and they’re welcome to it.

I like a quiet life and that’s pretty much what I live, except for those times when I get together with the band and play a gig… Yes, I’m back in the music scene here on the Costa del Sol after an 18 month layoff and playing in a band that tends to attract big biker gigs here! Oh, yes there is a big biker scene down here and there are a good few places where they love to get together and have big events, for which they like to have a loud band that plays our brand of rock/blues loud and gritty!

But apart from that, family life remains quiet, relatively private and very, very nice.

So what about the online business? I thought you’d never ask!

Well, I have had my best year to date so far and all that hard work is paying off from multiple sources and a variety of websites that have struck fairly rich veins in their relative niches. Other than that, I’m not really going to go on about how I do it or why. I’ll leave that for a post in one of my Internet Marketing blogs if I ever get around to it. If you are wondering, I don’t post much in them either as they don’t make much money, as it seems that particular niche is tougher than I want to be bothered with right now.

That’s about all I’m going to say right now, because the time it takes me to write a post in here (that will earn me nada) I can be writing an article for one of my niche sites that will make me some decent coin. I know what I’d rather be doing!

Hasta luego…

Terry Didcott

Talk About the Weather!

Hi once again! I’m back again in this hotbed of activity that is my own personal space that I can do pretty much whatever I want with. And you can tell how keen I am by the prolific posting that goes on here! Ok, let’s get down to why I’m spending some time in here when I should be spending it on more profitable sites.

I’d almost forgotten that this blog was initially intended as more of a scratch pad of my thoughts and ideas than what it seems to have become lately, which is more of a “what I’m doing with my online business” diary. So for this post at least, all that will stop and its back to the original aim of the blog. Which is what I’m up to other than the online stuff which seems to have hijacked most of my time.

So here I am, in a beautiful, warm country that is geared up for blisteringly hot, sunny days and for the past few weeks it has rained like it has never rained before! Ok, just yesterday Jan and I took baby for a lovely walk along the beach in the sunshine, but it was a brief respite as today it is raining again. How can this be? There are large expanses of Andalucia that are currently underwater where rivers have burst their banks and flooded low lying areas!

This is the sort of stuff I expect to hear in England where all it ever seemed to do was rain and be freezing cold. It cools down here in Southern Spain during the winter months, but rarely drops into single figures (Centigrade) and rainfall is something that the farmers pray for every year and rarely get enough to wet the ground. Every year since I’ve been here, we’ve been constantly reminded that the reservoirs have barely enough water in them to last the summer and we are on constant drought alert. This is normal as this part of Spain is naturally hot and dry.

It is why I chose to live here – I loathe the cold and the rain of England!

But this winter that all changed. The reservoirs are all full and the flood gates are all open because they can’t hold any more water. All low lying roads are deluged – ok, it doesn’t take much for that to happen as they have no camber and drainage is a joke. As I said, this part of Spain is geared up for hot… not wet!

Its as though the rest of Europe has finally managed to snare this temperate little corner of warmth and dragged it into its cold, clammy clutches at last!

I know this is only a temporary spate of unfortunate climatic shenanigans and someone “up there” is probably chuckling heartily at the irony of it all. I know that in a few weeks time it will all be forgotten and I’ll be back in the groove. I’ll be able to take an hour or two away from my frenetic battle with the Internet to wrest as much loot as I can from it. Then I’ll go strolling along the beach heading for a cold beer and a shady spot in which to drink it as if winter was a far off memory. But right now, all this extra wet stuff out there is keeping me in here and I’m having to spend even more time on this which is why I have found the time to come to my own personal space and write this!

Oh, and another reason why I live here in southern Spain is I was just so fed up with listening to all the negative Brits back in the UK going on and on and on about the confounded weather…

Terry Didcott