If you’re an avid reader then you probably clicked this link with rapid instinct. Maybe you’re the math-y type and you came here for some hard digits. You might have no idea how you got here and this isn’t really your thing, but I recommend this infographic regardless. It has a lot of fundamental information about literature that everyone should know (like how swag couldn’t exist without Shakespeare). Even if you have all the basics down, there’s a whole lot to consider when looking at these statistics. Here’s the first thing that came to mind for me:
When you combine all the books together, The Lord of The Rings clocks in at over 500,000 words. Relatively this isn’t much more than DFW’s Infinite Jest. Wallace’s novel ended up being trimmed down immensely through the editing process, and at the same time he ended up basically saying, “Okay, I’m just gonna stop here” because he didn’t know how much more he was going to have to write before he felt that it was finished, and it had already turned out being much longer than he anticipated. Now this is just one book. On the other hand, Tolkien was able to design and portray a very cohesive world in about the same amount of words, and a very entertaining one at that. However, these authors had a radically different approach to how they wrote and what they were trying to accomplish. A lot could be said about the value of each word in relation to what the author achieved, but I myself have a limited word count to fill so take that as you will. Knowing the numbers may not give you a full perspective, but it definitely makes you think.
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Most of my childhood vacations were spent camping with my mom and dad. Actually, some of my funniest memories come from those vacations. Some of the highlights: when my brother found a tick between his toes and three fleas in his hair, and then we got caught in a rainstorm and had to camp out in our suburban the remaining two nights. Keep in mind that all of this hilarity came at the expense of things going horribly wrong. Today’s infographic goes over the necessary things to consider when camping so things won’t go horribly wrong for you and your kids.
First things first, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Yes, camping at Big Bend National Park in Texas sounds like a dream come true, but doing so May through September will mean you’ll have to battle the sweltering Texas heat while trying to entertain a bunch of children. Doesn’t sounds like a fun time to me. Researching the average temperatures and looking up what facilities the campsite offers is a simple way to outsmart anything that Mother Nature or bored children might throw your way. Preparing a checklist of essential items will also help you avoid any disasters that might arise, such as a sudden illness or a bad encounter with poison ivy. Also, don’t forget toilet paper. We ran out once, and it wasn’t much fun after that.
Today’s infographic also includes other tips for camping with children like fun activities to try, how to choose a tent, and survival tips to relay to your kids in case they wander off into the wilderness. Check out today’s infographic to help you fully prepare for your next out camping experience with your kids! [via]
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What follows these words is a strange but interesting weaving of ‘Blues’ history along with Google update history. It’s kind of funny, I’m not sure how telling of myself this is, but as a musician reading this infographic, I seem to know a lot more about blues performers than about the evolution of Google SEO tactics.
It’s strange to think about because I spend a hell of a lot more time Googling things than listening to the Blues. No offense ‘Blues,’ but growing up in Austin, Texas, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to explore more music than just the Blues. Alas, Austin is and has been a Blues capitol ever since Stevie Ray Vaughn graced the world with his presence, so maybe I take back that previous comment back. My city oozes of it. Nonetheless, I learned a good little bit about Google update history through this infographic.
For instance, SEO, or search engine optimization, is a method in which websites try to ‘game the system’ so that their page is as close to the top of the results as possible. It’s something that I’m a familiar with – mostly via attaching keywords to infographic reviews (I.E. what I’ll be doing with this very article). The rest of the infographic mostly lists the changes in the system from Google’s birth until semi-recently. (Where’s Hummingbird, the most recent change for SEO?)
All in all, this is an informative graphic, but no tips for cutting edge SEO in this one. Just some history. I got more music facts out of this than anything else. Blues onward, traveller. [Denver SEO]
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