A Small Act That Makes a Big Difference

by gigigriffis

First, a confession:

So far, 2015 has been pretty horrible.

I’ll get into the details in a later post, but the Reader’s Digest version is that I’ve been in and out of the hospital, unable to eat, dehydrated, completely alone, and crying my eyes out for the last couple weeks. If it sounds like a nightmare, that’s because it was. A horrible, horrible nightmare.

It’s a good thing I had a few interesting interviews ready to publish, because I haven’t even been able to write (apparently, when you can’t eat, you also can’t focus).

And so January is a month that I will be only too glad to put behind me.

Still, part of me wants to redeem January in some small way. To have something good, even if the good thing is something small, that I can point to and tell myself that this month wasn’t all fear and sickness and isolation.

Which is why today I’m asking for a favor, one that I’ve been meaning to ask anyway.

If you purchased one of my guidebooks this year, would you take a minute right now to go and review it on Amazon?

Reviews (even short ones) make a massive difference in my sales and rankings on the site. And I do mean massive. Of my three city guides, Barcelona has the most reviews. It’s also, consequently, the one that sells the best, even though Paris is actually a more popular destination and Prague has less market competition.

And so I’m asking those of you who have copies of my books and haven’t yet reviewed if you would take a moment now.

You can review Italy here, Paris here, Barcelona here, or Prague here.

If you’ve already left me a review, thank you.

If you’re about to, thank you.

Your support means the world to me, especially right now.

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Swissrose January 29, 2015 - 7:06 am

Anything that can be done to help you? I am not that far away from central CH…

gigigriffis January 29, 2015 - 7:14 am

Thanks so much for offering. I think now that I’m on meds, it’s just a matter of giving it time and checking in with my doctor.

Jenna @ Lost Generation REader January 29, 2015 - 9:38 am

I just bought the Paris version! I will also buy the Italy book soon. I am only going to Rome and Milan so I hope there’s a decent amount of information about them in the book.

I’ll make sure to share these books before and after my trip in June. They sound very promising from what I’ve heard thus far.

I wish you the very best with everything, especially your health situation! -Jenna

gigigriffis January 29, 2015 - 9:40 am

Thanks, Jenna! And yes, Rome and Milan are both well covered. I’m actually off to Rome soon, myself. Looking forward to doing another test-run of the book myself. :)

Melissa January 29, 2015 - 6:41 pm

I’m sorry to hear your January has been so horrible so far. Hope you’re on the mend.

gigigriffis January 31, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Yes, slowly but surely recovering. Thanks.

Kathryn January 31, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Ahhh Gigi, I’m sorry to hear that your January sux so badly. If I was on your side of the world I’d come and find you and just be a friend on location. Keep going, keep battling the awful, because you DO make a difference to our world, and you are important to us. Sending you love and wishes of speedy recovery. Here’s to February!!


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