Three weeks ago I posted a couple of paragraphs on the ‘talk’ page of the Wikipedia article on the Red Barn murder. These consisted of a brief summary of my new book on the affair, with an invitation to Wiki editors to visit my website and view the extracts from the book. If they found these to be useful, they could link my website to the Wikipedia page.
I tried to do this myself, but it was pointed out by another editor, quite correctly, that since I was the author of original material, to do so would be a clear conflict of interest.
Why is it important to link to Wikipedia? Because a Google search always bring the Wikipedia page up as the first hit. My book on Amazon is at the top of the second Google page, and my website currently appears 6th or 7th on page 3.
I have been monitoring the Wikipedia page regularly ever since to see if anyone has taken up my invitation. Yesterday, I noticed with some excitement that the page had been updated and I looked at it to see what had been done. Someone, unnamed, had reverted a previous edit changing all instances of ‘St.’ to ‘St’ (as in Bury St Edmunds…)
Ah well, I have led that particular horse to water, but if it doesn’t have a drink fairly soon, it will die of thirst. I will not do so as I feel the need for a soothing and restorative visit to the pub coming on…
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