KOK Edit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM)
KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Start the New Year Out Right: Update Your Online Information

If you're self-employed, it's time to double-check that online information about you is up to date:

  • Check copyright years for all of the online venues you control. For example, the bottom of every page of my business website carries this line:
© 1984–2013 KOK Edit | All rights reserved. | 631-997-8191

The code is set to update the final year of that range on January 1 of each new year, so I no longer have to worry about it. Before that automation was in place, I had to go behind the scenes and update the year manually. The "About Me" sidebar on this blog also carries a copyright line; I must update it manually every year.

  • Review your résumé or curriculum vitae and ensure that it is up to date. If you update it, make sure that you upload the updated version to all online directories where you are listed.
  • Check all online directories and "About" pages where information about you is listed and make sure that all details are current. Be sure to include your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter profiles. For example, the first line in the "About Me" sidebar on this blog at one point read: "I've been in publishing 29 years, the last 18 self-employed." Until I revamped that paragraph, I had to update those two numbers every year.
  • Check that all online photographs of you—ones that you uploaded yourself—are current.
  • Back up all of your social media profiles and your blog.
  • Check that your snail-mail address, phone and fax numbers, email address, and website address are current wherever you have posted them online.

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