Sunday, May 6, 2007

More thoughts on blogs and article writing

For my "non-me" link, I'm going to point to the blog (and thus the articles) of one theBarefoot. He has an edge you could slice bagels wtih, but is probably the most helpful AC resource out there. He's snarky and funny and does not suffer fools lightly. These are all things I look for in an author. Okay, not the AC part. How many of those do you need?

In writing that, and in re-reading my last post, I realized that I neglected to mention one crucial element to developing a network, a following, and thus a real income from writing on the web - good content. If you can't write for beans then that's what you'll make. Now, I like to think that I can put together a sentence that will stand up to grammar and spelling freaks alike, but I know that I need to work on my flow. I tend to babble until I get around to the point, which is okay for posting at MyLot but does not lend itself to serious writing. Thus, I spend an inordinate amount of time editing the fluff and the meandering out of my work.

In my world, that means that I write less than a lot of people. It rather appals me to see posts from people who practically brag about writing two or even three articles an hour. I could do that if I researched a subject and had three sub-topics from that research, but as a rule it takes me at least an hour to compose an article I'd let out of my sight. Hopefully, the time that I take makes my articles and posts better than the average dreck you can drown in on these sites. Then again, you can't take yourself too seriously or you'll never accomplish anything. Writing on-line has been an exercise in balancing for me. I'm still learning where the fulcrum lies.