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Rebranding and Catching Up

To All of My Wonderful Readers,

Thank you so very much for staying with me over the last months--I know it has been a very long time since my last post back in February and I'm not quite sure why I've stayed away for so long.  Back in February, in the midst of that frigid Polar Vortex, I just couldn't be bothered to do anything, except possibly shoveling, although with the new administration's policy of not cow-towing to the ultra rich residents of the UES (Upper East Side for the non-New Yorkers), I didn't have to worry as much about not being able to make it off the sidewalk as I had in the previous 12 years when the not-so-honorable Michael Bloomberg was mayor.  Yes, I am still bitter.  After that, I just got out of the habit of writing--not just here, but anywhere.  For that, I apologize.

In the last several months, a lot has changed for me.  First, I made the move from New York to sunny California, where I shouldn't have to worry about blizzards or hurricanes.  Just earthquakes, but apparently, they're not as common as non-Californians are made to believe.  Since I have been out here, I have felt one--the Napa quake from a few months back, and even that was barely a blip on my radar.

Second, I landed an actual, full-time job.  Since May, I have been hung up on by car dealers across the US and up in Canada.  Once, I was even cursed at by a car dealer in Florida, who called me back after hanging up on me just to harangue me for having the nerve to call him.  If he had bothered to listen, he would have gained a lot.  Oh, well.  Too bad for him.

Last, and most recent, I have purchased a domain name, which is why this blog is no longer called The Romance Reader.  As part of my job, I am constantly telling car dealers of the importance of having a website, about how it gets their brand exposure, and all the while, here I was sitting around with this great blog and a ton of awesome readers, not following my own advice.  How careless of me.  If my manager hadn't pointed out to me how affordable domains are (even though I already knew this, I just hadn't connected it to my own situation) I probably wouldn't be writing this right now, so if you are happy to be reading this, you have him to thank (and somewhere he is now feeling really happy with himself and has no idea just why that is).  That said, most domains are affordable, usually around $12-$20 per year; theromancereader.com, however, was not.  You see, it is considered a "Premium Domain," being sold for nearly $7k.  Yeah, I don't have that kind of money, so it was back to the drawing board.  After trying out several different names in my head, I came up with The Fiction Vixen.  Catchy, right?

If you already have me bookmarked as The Romance Reader, have no fear!  That domain still works and it will redirect you to The Fiction Vixen.  You will always have a way to find me.  (Plus, the facebook page is still listed as The Romance Reader because it is ridiculously hard to change a Facebook name.  Who knew?)

Thank you again, Dear Readers.

The Fiction Vixen (formerly The Romance Reader)

P.S. I promise not to stay away as long next time!

Comments

  1. Congratulations and welcome back. Although I am a little disappointed in the new branding. We've worked hard since 2009 to build our brand and reputation at Fiction Vixen and adding "the" in front of the name we've used for our blog for so long may confuse people.

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  2. Yeah, The Fiction Vixen is a catchy name. Maybe because someone else has been using that name for the past 5+ years?

    Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

    You're riding on someone else's branding, which is in poor taste.

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  3. I honestly hadn't realized that you already had the name.

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  4. As I mentioned earlier, I did not know there was already a Fiction Vixen. I know you and all of her followers have no reason to believe me--I'm the evil bitch, who stole her name--but I really didn't know. If I had, I wouldn't have bought that domain or chosen that name for my site.

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