I’ve had three basic experiences writing blogs so far. Experience number one goes something like this: “This post is great! I can’t wait to get this online! Maybe it will even get noticed and Freshly Pressed or something! I feel like this is pretty brilliant!” That hasn’t happened often to me yet, but the rare occasions it does it gets me super excited (And subsequently super depressed when it doesn’t get read by more than two people)
Experience Number two happens most frequently. I finish a post and say “This is okay. At the very least it’s readable. I’m happy enough with it to share it with the world.” I’m happy to post those types because I feel like the posts are good enough to get me a little attention, a few more readers, and some good feedback from the folks who are kind enough to take the time to read. I’m okay with that.
Experience number three happens fairly frequently as well, though. This is when I’m about halfway into a new post, or maybe I’m nearing the end, and suddenly I realize: This post is awful. It’s absolute crap. No one in their right mind would read this!
As a blogger in that situation, what do you do? I mean in my case, I’m sitting there like, I’ve rambled on for about 5 minutes!!!! If I just trash this post then that will be such a huge waste of time! But if I post it, then someone might click on my post, read it, and be like…. “dude… this kid couldn’t come up with compelling material if the ghost of Charles Dickens teamed up with the ghost of Mark Twain and gave him years of writing lessons!”
So far, I’ve hit that post button every time I finished a post. Almost every post I’ve written has received at least one like… which I guess means you guys are more forgiving of my crappy writing than I am… Or maybe it really isn’t as bad as I think it is… or maybe you just have really low standards for good writing. Or maybe you think “This poor guy. He sure tried hard. I mean… he put at least 5 minutes into this post. I gotta make him feel better. Doesn’t take any effort to click ‘Like’, right?”
Ultimately I guess it’s worth posting crap, because if nothing else, it’s fun for me to vent about random nonsense like this, and if a crappy post leads to one or new likes or follows, it served a positive purpose right? (Speaking of likes and follows, Statistics show that if you click “like” you will be 100% happier in life (Or 100% annoyed at the complete shamelessness of this blog (Or 100% surprised at the complete misuse of Parentheses in my posts)))
On the other hand. Crap is flying all over the place, and we tolerate it. We all have that friend that posts a new selfie every two minutes. You know my favorite part of that? When they have to tell you in the caption where the selfie took place because it looks exactly like THE OTHER ONE THOUSAND SELFIES YOU ALREADY POSTED ON YOUR FACEBOOK!!!!!!!
But I digress. I’m interested to know what you do as a blogger. Do you post something even if you don’t feel great about what wrote? Or do you try to do some quality control on your posts? What do you do when your blog post feels like the last season of “Heroes?” Do you filter out your own crap, or do you let the feces fly when it’s necessary. OR… are you just more awesome than me and all your writing is always fantastic!?!?!? Let me know. I’d be interested to know your strategies and thoughts in your own writing.