Finding the Invisible Man Again

Pageviews for a post called Finding the Invisible Man unexpectedly took off in September. I wrote the piece exactly a year before about buying a copy of Ralph Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man, circa 1952, in a second-hand store for ten cents.

I blogged about the novel’s significance, how it connected me to a favorite professor and her Black Literature class.

The post got some interest, but nothing like it has since this past September. It even beat out Father’s Day at the Mental Hospital.

What the heck?

Then, after a quick Google search I discovered the movie, Prisoners, features a book called Finding the Invisible Man. According to movie websites, an ex-FBI agent wrote the book about someone he believes responsible for child abductions for two decades. There is something about mazes.

The cast is a good one with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, and Terrance Howard but the movie is likely too scary for my taste.

So what have I learned? A great title or headline can generate interest. But mostly it was a lucky coincidence and I will accept that if it means a wider audience for my writing. Thank you for finding the invisible man. 


My Rant About LinkedIn

I am a big fan of LinkedIn. Building a network of contacts “out there” is a marvelous idea.  I’ve known people to get jobs via LinkedIn. I found my agent and like-minded colleagues that way.

But if you want to link in, you’re going to have to let me know more about you. Please.

First, post your photo. I don’t care what you look like, but I want to connect a name to a face. I am not a fan of cartoons, off-centered mug shots, animals, and photos of objects, but they’re better than that uni-sex silhouette LinkedIn provides.

Secondly, fill out your profile. Completely. Sometimes wannabe contacts will only have an occupation and maybe a tiny bit more. That’s not very enticing.

I get it. Many of the people I’m complaining about are rookies. They haven’t gotten the hang of finishing a profile. However, LinkedIn will guide you through the process. If a person can’t be bothered doing that, well, why should anyone be interested in connecting?

And while I am on the topic of LinkedIn: Connections, please don’t send me e-cards or anything else that might make me suspect you’ve been hacked.