Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.
Some of the surprising quotes:
“Of course, a writer’s journal must not be judged by the standards of a diary. The notebooks of a writer have a very special function: in them he builds up, piece by piece, the identity of a writer to himself. Typically, writers’ notebooks are crammed with statements about the will: the will to write, the will to love, the will to renounce love, the will to go on living. The journal is where a writer is heroic to himself. In it he exists solely as a perceiving, suffering, struggling being.” -Susan Sontag
“Just now I pick up the blessed diary of Virginia Woolf which I bought with a battery of her novels saturday with Ted. And she works off her depression over rejections from Harper’s (no less! – – – and I hardly can believe that the Big Ones get rejected, too!) by cleaning out the kitchen. And cooks haddock & sausage. Bless her. I feel my life linked to her , somehow. I love her – – – from reading Mrs. Dalloway for Mr. Crockett – – – and I can still hear Elizabeth Drew’s voice sending a shiver down my back in the huge Smith class-room, reading from To The Lighthouse. But her suicide, I felt I was reduplicating in that black summer of 1953. Only I couldn’t drown. I suppose I’ll always be over-vulnerable, slightly paranoid. But I’m also so damn healthy & resilient. And apple-pie happy. Only I’ve got to write. I feel sick, this week, of having written nothing lately.” -Sylvia Plath
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Google Authorship is Dead [Video]
But Authoritative Content Lives On
In this video, LawWebMarketing.com authors Tanner Jones and J.R. Oakes discuss the dismantling of Google Authorship and its implications to the legal marketing community.
JR Oakes: ‘Well, around the time Google rolled out Google+, they wanted a way to be able to authoritatively connect authors to their content. It went through several different iterations, but basically Google Authorship was a link from your website to your Google+ profile, and then your Google+ profile had to link back to your website. Now, that could either be one website or, if you are a writer who writes on multiple websites, you can list all the different websites that you write for. But the goal behind it was to give Google an authoritative link from your Google+ profile as kind of a hub and all the different websites that you write for with a link going to them and a link coming back, so that Google could tell that this was your piece of content that was written by you, and that it had your Authorship, your Google+ profile was a hub of that.’
JR Oakes: ‘Well, it was alarming to us. I think there were several threads going around about this. Google – I think it was in December – lowered the amount of Authorship results and then a few months later they said, “Okay, we’re going to be removing Authorship results,” and then they came out and said, “Okay, we’re going to be just killing Google Authorship altogether.” So that’s alarming for somebody who’s told a lot of clients, you want to do Authorship because you want to have that image there in the results. Because if there are 10 listings on a page and yours has as an image, that’s a chance to draw all the users to that individual listing.’