Sometimes people ask me why I haven’t written more books (I published two in my name in eight months! Sheesh!), why I don’t blog daily, and many other questions in this same vein.
For me, the answer comes down to quality versus quantity.
You’ve seen those (slightly obnoxious) posts here on Medium about “how to become a top writer in 4 days!” and “how to get 1000 followers in a week!”
You know what the answer is to BOTH of those questions, the advice the writers give over and over?
Post daily and comment on everyone else’s stories.
And it’s true.
If you post daily within a specific not-as-popular topic/tag and are commenting a lot and tagging your comments with the same tags, you’ll hit top writer and other people will also see you more and follow you.
But here’s the thing.
Writing is my job.
I love it and I do it daily and I will continue to write both for myself and my clients until I am either burned at the stake or people won’t pay me anymore.
Because it’s my job, I endeavor to have posts on my blog (hi, it’s this one! I use Medium as my blog!) which are quality. I want them to add value and be useful to readers and be honest and a true reflection of who I am.
My blog is for anyone to read and I also send it to people who want to see writing samples. I’ve also used content on from my blog for my book!
So, it is not about quantity and filling everyone’s feed with my name, though of course I love getting new followers and following others and seeing what they write.
Another view of quantity versus quality is my feelings on content mills. I am not a fan of Upwork, Fiverr, Constant Content, etc. Especially for writers. They pay almost nothing and expect high quality, they cultivate an environment of going for the lowest bidder, and I personally think they devalue the writing industry. I’ve seen people who got paid 1 cent per word on Upwork and then feel great when they can charge 3 cents per word…which is still VERY VERY LOW for a quality writer. I know some have found success on these platforms, this is just my opinion.
If you are wanting to put out content, the two major things are:
- Having good, quality, relevant, valuable content and
- Knowing when it’s finished
You’ll always have more you can say or add or elaborate on, but part of being a writer, blogger, or author is knowing when to stop and call the project done.
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