What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Lessons I Wish I’d Learned February 15, 2019

I can sew on a button. I can almost manage to do my taxes on my own. I’ve consistently worked in my chosen field since leaving college. There are areas I’m lacking that could improve if I really wanted to put the effort into learning.

Like how to change a tire. How to cook. How to clean up the desktop of my computer so I can actually find files when I need them.

But there are some topics in which the information is so spread out across so many different resources, it’s hard to figure out what the actual best practice is.

Let’s look at it at a base level. If you’re going on a trip to Disney World and you want to know what the best order to ride the rides is in order to avoid the worst of the lines: If you Google it, you’re going to get twelve different answers. Of course, if there were one definitive answer, it would be out of date as soon as everyone read the list and started flocking to the same places in the same order.

If you’re going on an international trip and want to know the must see sights, best hotels, and chicest restaurants, you can search in a ton of different places. Some of the answers are going to be the same, but there are going to be a lot of differences scattered in there. You could spend days searching the must do’s in Thailand and still not find a definitive list.

Right now, I’m working on categories, keywords, and search terms for the rerelease of Girl of Glass. I have spent literal days searching, and I’m still finding different answers. I get it—it’s a lot like Disney World. As soon as I found one undeniable resource, then every other author would find it too, and the information wouldn’t be nearly as valuable.

But I’m constantly feeling like I’m missing something. So I keep poking into every back corner of the internet, and all my time has fallen into the search term void where I’m still fairly certain I have no idea what I’m doing.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an encyclopedia of search terms? If there were one superb resource that could tell me everything I need to know about keywords?

And it wouldn’t it be just wonderful if I were the only one who could access it so I could win the Indie Author game?

I know, never gonna happen, but you can’t blame a girl for dreaming.


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