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August 21, 2006

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Now, when we hear about somebody reading about us on somebody or other’s blog, we can double check it, what with all these sites that search for your name or your work throughout the blogosphere and then burp out all the relevant info..
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Now, when we hear about somebody reading about us on somebody or other’s blog, we can double check it, what with all these sites that search for your name or your work throughout the blogosphere and then burp out all the relevant info. There’s www.feedster.com and www.technorati.com instance, either of which will tell you where you were mentioned, how many days ago, and what was said. Scary stuff!

Of course, if you’re eager to know if you’ve gotten any new print publicity, you can submit an ongoing query to Google News (at http://www.google.com/alerts/create?hl=en ) and it will faithfully send you an email to let you know any time you’ve been sighted somewhere, with a link to the story or the quote, so you can be the first to read and gag on your own press.

And new authors have always been notorious for checking in with www.Amazon.com every five minutes, to see how their beloved book’s ranking is doing - that’s kind of an industry-wide joke.

The long and the short of it is, if you’re a tad narcissistic or insecure or paranoid or maybe just plain bored, you could spend your life tracking your own P.R. - and driving yourself crazy in the process.

That said, it’s still kind of trippy to find a really clever comment or review or reaction online, and this actually happened last week when several people called or emailed to order our pregnancy/labor CD as a result of reading a very funny review on Lime.com where I’m described as sounding familiar at first, "like the lunch lady on heavy reverb". The writer, Belinda Miller, talks about the classically perfectionistic insanity of that first pregnancy ("As a control freak, I tried to find the perfect childbirth method. I researched home births, pain-free/ drug-filled births, water births, Bradley, Lamaze, Birthing from Within, Ina May''s Guide to Childbirth and anything else I could get my puffy, pregnant hands on.")

In any case, it’s always a pleasure to get a thumbs up from a really smart, self-aware, emotionally intelligent, funny young reviewer who doesn’t take herself too seriously. So thanks, awesome Belinda, and keep writing as you are able (even if it has to be at 4 a.m., between feedings.. I have a vague recall of those bleary-eyed days myself..).

So, thus encouraged, I then boldly entered the strange, new world of the blogosphere, to start sifting through these searches (the road to Narcissism Hell, no question!), and found that we’d also gotten some really nice feedback from a much sadder and more painful situation - a blogger who had had a miscarriage and had to have a D & C procedure. Needless to say she was in a state, and she reported that the imagery really helped her - click here for the full story - and that she was glad it was still playing when she woke up: "The first thing I heard was the soothing voice of Belleruth. I can''t remember what she was saying, but looking back, I think that having that CD playing during my first few moments of consciousness and throughout the first part of my recovery was one of the smartest things I did. Instead of waking to bright lights and confusion, I was gently brought back to the world with soft music and encouraging words."

I’m glad of that.

A teen eating disorder blogger also recommended our guided imagery for helping with anorexia or bulimia here and I also found some recommendations for our Stop Smoking imagery and our Grief and Traumatic Stress imagery on sites specific to those issues.

So, all things considered, it was pretty nice to check in with the bloggers, but I decided to leave before I lost my way home. Got out just in the nick o’ time.

On another technological front, check out this very cool audio postcard idea. The very exceptional NICABM conference asked me to record a few comments about this superb professional mind-body annual event for them to post, which I gladly did - it’s easy to promote something that’s excellent and useful - so here it is here.

Things sure have changed, haven’t they?
OK, take care and be well.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award