Write what you know-Mark Twain

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Every time you post something online, you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world-or you can make it something that takes away” Zoe Sugg

After reading our good friend Sadje’s post What is great blog content?, I felt the need to have another look at our blogosphere World.

How to know what we write in our blog articles are worth reading?

Does the answer depend upon the number of ‘likes’ or number of ‘comments’?

Many said that they spend so much of their daily life putting all their writing skill even at the cost of their sleep and food and a lot of hours spent in the research process on the internet…yet nobody notices their presence.

Some even grumbled that their family life is ruined because they are addicted to blogging, waiting for the people to appreciate their work.

Feelings I get after reading many comments from a variety of people on different blog posts of others

Some felt that the substandard posts are getting an enormous response in the form of ‘comment’ or ‘likes’.

Some question, as to who decides the standards of writing or quality content of the post?

What exactly ‘content is the king’ philosophy?

Some even went further and said that most of the ‘likes’ are nothing but…you scratch my back then I scratch your back philosophy.

Many of you may agree that ‘Likes’ are just a gentle reminder that hey, I clicked a ‘like’ for your post and don’t forget to return the favour!! or else…

A few even felt that blog reading is possible if one doesn’t cross 2 or 3 scrolls.

It’s also true that we do come across genuine ‘likes’ and friendly ‘comments’ and I am indeed fortunate in this regard.

Unanswered questions

So ultimately it boils down to who is writing for whom? or

Simply one writes for oneself? Or

Who is finding all the time available to read your story?

One explanation

Some said that they read the post from top to bottom only if the post resonates with them.

How to reach such similar minded people from the crowd?

Many think that the number of ‘similar thinking people’ is too less.

Over the three years of my blogging career, I did a little bit of research and realized that Just less than 1% of your followers will respond to your blog posts either by ‘liking’ or ‘commenting’. I know that they are genuine and I love these people.

Where are the rest? I don’t know.

There may be thousands of reasons.

After all we are humans busy in our own way.

So coming back to the place where we left earlier…

Who is writing for whom?

Who is reading for whom?

I am confused.

Maybe I am abnormally normal or normally abnormal.

The choice is yours.

These thoughts cropped in my mind thanks to one very learned and good friend of mine by the name Pendantry, a specialist in Phlyarology.

Advice

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

Do you write blog because you enjoy writing or do you write blog because you want others to read your stuff or both?

Do you really spend many many hours to prepare a post as some expressed in the comment section?

Please share your thoughts, and please give me your frank opinion.

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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19 thoughts on “ Write what you know-Mark Twain

  1. Apt post shared..!! Loved it. Same here, like Sadje.. 🙏🏻😇Initially, when I started blogging, I was extremely concerned about the ‘likes’ and the no. of followers. But after a certain time I found out that I enjoyed writing more than concentrating on the traffic in my corner. I found a platform for my thoughts to surface out, for whoever interested. I even asked myself, “what do I want from blogging, why am I here..??” The simplest reply came from within was..”if I can leave some good thoughts behind me in the world, for the ones who needs motivation, affirmation, gets inspired, can relate with my thoughts, what’s the harm in it..?? Till that moment, my approach changed completely. Till then, I’m enjoying every bit of my journey here to the fullest, be it with a few followers who click ‘likes’ or comments.. It hardly matters now. Those who genuinely like, they stayed, a heartfelt ‘Thanks’ to them. And the rest who came with expectations for a return, they left. ‘Sorry’ to them. Thanks for this post. 👍🏼😇🙏🏻👌🏼👌🏼..

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    1. Thank you so much my friend.

      Kind of you to tell your thoughts and experience and from this I understand that we all sail in the same boat… as we travel the blogosphere world in our initial days.

      All of us attain ‘enlightenment’ ultimately when we start realizing as to why in the first placed we started our blog journey.

      Your last sentence “Those who genuinely like, they stayed, a heartfelt ‘Thanks’ to them. And the rest who came with expectations for a return, they left. ‘Sorry’ to them” is a perfect advice to all the newbies trying hard…right left and centre to achieve recognition at the cost of their health and relationship.

      🙏🙏🙏

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  2. Blogging is about sharing and I think we all would like to share the best we have and can afford to share even if only one person benefits from the activity. Let it go. Stop worrying about who likes and do not like but thankful to those who like and reciprocate where you could be helpful. Do not give support to anything just to have a larger following. Maintain the standard and example.

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    1. Thank you so much Kenneth Daniels.
      Couldn’t agree more.
      Blogging is nothing but sharing and mutually benefitting from the writings.
      I recollect one person followed me (his subject is of no interest to me) and went on asking me to follow him, later started demanding why I am not following, despite he ‘liking’ my posts…oh God…what to tell.
      He got annoyed and unfollowed me thinking that I get upset and follow him back.
      My feeling is most of us would have come across such people one time or other during our journey.
      And it’s a good experience for all of us.
      🙏🙏🙏

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  3. I really appreciate this post!

    I love the act of writing because for the only time in my life, I get to script down exactly what I want to portray through intricate combination of words (I am not good at speaking my mind) and make readers understand what precisely I want to say.

    For this, I do have a blog (https://thoughtsofahuman.home.blog/) where I occasionally post thought-provoking short stories and important articles upon our philosophy, emotions, mindfullness and life in general. Would appreciate a lot if you could check it out 🙂

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  4. Hardening of steel happens by fire, by exposure, and the steel is better for it. In the same way, one’s ideas and writing would improve by the (hopefully gentler 🙂 ) fire of feedback when it’s exposed to an audience. What better reason to write?

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  5. I recently written a non-fiction that is published on Amazon. Although I am happy with this publication, it took a year to complete.
    I find anything worth doing is worth doing right. Saying this, I am looking for more writers who can help me expand my knowledge in writing.
    Thanks and I love Mark Twain.

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