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What Content Authority Means in SEO and Why it is Important

January 2, 2021 What Does Content Authority Mean? Content authority means a website that Google considers an encyclopedic reference to a particular field or topic. Any practitioner in a highly competitive market should have this Wikipedia like presence if they can … Continue reading

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Problematic

Overly sensitive types at the start of the Snowflake Era began substituting the word “problem” for the word “issue.” Today, “issues” is everywhere. Your car no longer has any problems but instead a number of issues to be taken care … Continue reading

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Rewriting F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve always liked the following sentence from the Great Gatsby but I’m bothered by how  “careless” and “carelessness” are found so close together. Fitzgerald is making an important point in this sentence but the second use doesn’t expand on what … Continue reading

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Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord by Gerad Manley Hopkins

EDITOR’S NOTE: REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! The Reverend Hopkins has appeared at this site before, here (internal link) and here (internal link). The quotation is from Jeremiah 12:1. The King James version reads, “Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles Part 1 (Repost – additions and corrections)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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Revised Post on Revising

NB: I wrote this post last year and titled it “More on Revising.” (internal link) I noticed tonight that it needed more work so I have revised this post on revising. Argh. Editing never ends. More on Revising — Updated … Continue reading

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Not Only

Not Only “Not only” is a phrase which brings negativity to a piece and prevents you from directly and quickly stating your position. Original: Not only is ice cream tastier than sherbet but it appeals to more people. Revised Ice … Continue reading

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The Master Singers of Japan by Clara Walsh

What is Japanese poetry translated into English? A true translation? Or an imitation? With Japanese poetry we need to convert words and structure. Or do we? If so, to what degree? Kenneth’s Rexroth’s translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry appeals … Continue reading

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Shun “tion”

Slow and Soft Notice how slow and soft these “tion” words are compared to their more active counterparts: division, dividing multiplication, multiplying addition, adding revision, revising motivation, motivating contention, contending summation, summary Shunning “tion” in Practice “tion” deadens writing I … Continue reading

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Revising, Style, and Time – Revised

Revising, Style and Time Excellent writing takes time which you may not have. Tighter writing is better writing by making reading and understanding easier. That writing, though, takes time and alters the style of a piece. In revising other people’s … Continue reading

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