23 Feb A Little Knowledge Is Not A Dangerous Thing – It Is the Way to Get Google’s Attention and to Show Up on the Internet
Some of you may already know this, but I essentially have 3 Master’s Degrees. I LOVE to learn, and I love knowing at least a little bit about a lot of things. I am very nearly a Jacki-of-all-trades, and a Master of none, but I am fine with that. Even now that I have finished pursuing master’s degrees, I participate in MOOCs that are opened as free courses from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Through MOOCs, I have studied Kierkegaard, Buddhism, Philosophy, Socrates, Aristotle, Mindfulness, Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, Hans Christian Andersen, The History of Royal Feasting, Literature from the English Country Houses, and much more. I am currently taking a course in the History of Film, and in April, I’ll begin studying Jane Austen [again]. I have studied Jane Austen before–from another university.
When you examine the things that I have studied, you may be baffled by the fact that I don’t have degrees in or study anything that will pad my wallet. My degrees are more philosophical and artsy in nature. You might ask yourself, “Why?–Why all these degrees in seemingly worthless disciplines?”
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Actually, there are several reasons, and the most obvious one is that I have “taught myself to fish.” My brain is packed with information, and the only way that I can remember something is to truly study it. I am curious about many things, and I want to understand as much as possible. Casual reading doesn’t do the trick for me.
In today’s climate of social media, a broad base of learning can also lead to a financial reward. I am a firm believer that visibility on the Internet is key to survival in today’s business world, and getting on Google’s good side is the best way to increase your SEO, or your Search Engine Optimization. The very best way to increase your SEO is by providing a LOT of information. For me, that means blogging A LOT! I am painting now more than I am blogging, but a few years ago, I set out to become noticed by Google.
I had a different WordPress blog site then, and when I encountered something useful for myself, I suspected that at least one other person would also find it useful, and I made a habit of sharing all sorts of information.
Hence, the name of that blog here was Juxtapositions. It was a hodgepodge or a free department store of information. The ploy worked. Within a year, I had almost 77,000 views on that site and almost 500 followers. Because I have decided to focus attention on my art now and not my blogging, I have closed my Juxtapositions blog, and about a month ago, I began blogging–mostly about art–on this site. It is important to note, however, that even though I am no longer blogging about everything that I study now, I do continue to learn and to widen my net. In other words, the fact that I want to be seen more on the Internet is NOT my reason for seeking new information. I continue to seek new information because I genuinely enjoy expanding my mind.