June 11th, 2010

Petty pettiness

I keep meaning to write a big long post about whether writers should work in the publishing industry, and if so, how. Ironically (well, Alanis Morrissette irony, anyway), actually working in the publishing industry has been preventing me from doing so.

In the meantime, here’s a tiny favour I would like to ask you, dear whoever is reading this. I have had this new website for a month or so now, and I love it very much. It’s elegant and simple, it has the beautiful image of my beloved Toronto subway system at the top, it has the neat contact form and the way simple photo uploads and…it’s what you get when you Google me. Why do I even care, since what you do get is my old blog, so people will just go there and be redirected here? I dunno. This is an imperfect analogy, but I think it might be something like women who change their names when they get married and get annoyed getting mail to the old name. They don’t stop loving their families, but they are choosing to be identified in a new way now and they want that respected.

That’s a bit heavy–maybe I just want people to get to some actual new content before they get tired of looking me up at all and go look at cute kitten pictures. I don’t know. But it’s driving me nuts–I went through 8 pages of Google and then gave up before I even found it! People have told me that the thing that affects Google status is links from other places, so if you have a link to me on your website that you haven’t got round to updating, could you please? Actually, even if you’ve never linked to me in the past, now wouldn’t be a bad time to start…

Forgive this little bit of meglomania. I think next week is going to be better. I am having a tiny bit of caffeine every day now and already things are improving. I still have this pain behind my left eye, but it is no longer overwhelming.

7 Responses to “Petty pettiness”

  • August says:

    It takes a long time for Google rankings to change, and it’s not always clear how or why. I’ll be updating a bunch of links this weekend, but even then, it could take weeks, or months. It depends on a great many factors, not the least of which is that you had Rose-Coloured running for so long, so it has an entire ecosystem of connections built up, some of which may not be visible to you, but are visible to Google’s robots.

  • Rosalynn says:

    I’ve updated your link over at The Literary Type—and here’s something for you to update under Now and Next: “Far From Downtown” will definitely be published in the Summer issue of TNQ. I just laid it out and couldn’t help reading it in the process, even though doing this slows me down considerably and I’m on an extra-tight deadline—it’s awesome!

  • Rebecca says:

    Hey, thanks for the info, August! I will try to be patient but it is hard!

    Rosalynn, so glad you like the story! And so glad it will be out in the summer issue–I updated N&N! Good luck with your deadline!

  • Kerry Clare says:

    Done and done! I updated my whole links list, as a matter of fact. When I *should* have been reading an article on John Edwards’ love child. Oh, the things I do for friendship…

  • Nathalie says:

    Done. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, via Kerry, but now that I know how to work my links page, you are on the blogroll. If you google my name, you will find out why I screamed out loud when I googled myself a few years ago. I am not she. I only write about books and canlit, not about itchy regions south of the belly button. Don’t click on her links, please. Just on my lovely bookish ones. Then be grateful that you are you and not she or me, namewise.

  • Rebecca says:

    Thanks, Nathalie and Kerry–much appreciated (especially the sacrifice of gossip re: the former presidential contender).

    Nathalie, I googled you and you are first! Although I did glance at number 2 and was alarmed. But now I am following you, so need never fear an inadvertent click!

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