Today we have a guest post courtesy of Peter J. For those of you who don’t know him; he is a cool dude from the land down under and an avid blogger from over at Ideasbubble
So, take it away Peter…
From when we start learning, we have this notion of quality drilled into us where everything has to be perfectly structured, ordered, done this way or that; because if it’s not, then it is wrong.
Being a writer means that you have to get every sentence perfect, no grammatical errors or anything; and people often are ready to hire editors upon editors just to make sure that things sound perfect.
This stupid notion of order!
And even this post, so far, sounds a bit too ‘in order’ as well. It can actually be the downfall of everything you do, overkill – trying to make something too good may result into not having time to complete other important things.
I remember a few years back, my English teacher kept most of my classmates back at lunch time because only about 3 people could spell the word ‘Antarctica’. We would always forget the ‘c’ and the teacher would complain at us without our knowledge of what exactly went wrong. It made me think, “Why the hell does this matter?” I mean how often do we use the word Antarctica in daily life? (Spell check popped up, I still can’t spell it )
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me – Vladimir Nabokov
Individuals do not judge you because of a spelling mistake:
You’re not going to be hunted down and murdered because you made one tiny little grammatical error, nor are people going to hate you because you missed out the ‘c’ in a word. People do not care! As long as you can portray your message in the best way you can and is actually interesting to your readers – you are heading in the right direction.
And this relates to blogging too!
Perfectly structured posts with every word flowing… Why the hell do we have to do that? People want information out of posts, things that will help them, not just a neat and organized layout that is specifically written as professional write-ups. I could write on my page like
For all I care; it doesn’t matter! Throw words all over the page; add colors where it counts and get your message across if you want to completely out smash the competition.
Blogging is all about getting what you have to say out there, and that doesn’t need to happen in a fully prepared article with hours of dedication and planning – write and get your message to your readers!
How can getting your message out be related to a bad post?
We are bloggers and that is what sets us different from the rest of the writing world. We express opinions, have different viewpoints and also have strong communities to back our claims. What does that mean? People want to hear the real you!
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Following from the quote above; “A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me.” It is exactly in this that Vladimir Nabokov gets his message across.
The real value of something ties down to the individual, not a society or huge clan of people; but each and every individual. Trying to impact the lives of a society, all at once, is a huge mistake and will lead to nothing. Focus on changing the lives of one individual at a time and this will lead to something bigger and better.
Your audience want to hear from the real YOU! It is an obvious sign that you are the one who is showing them something which will stick with them; Your message, not something that has just been spun out of careful editing so that it could go through the media.
People want to be able to connect with you as the author and as an individual!
This is where the media, newspapers and magazines have all gone wrong. They all produce content that is written for a society, and impacts a society in general. It does nothing for the individual reader, but is rather produced in mass just to take the more money out of you.
What may be considered as trash to a publishing company could possibly change an individual.
This “so called” bad content that would have a publishing company vomiting if they read it – could be an extremely valuable guide that may change some individual’s life forever. Why? Because it comes from YOU!
Have you got the message yet? A fair bit of this post is about YOU! YOU! YOU!
Trash to a publishing company can be valuable to an individual, and here is exactly why:
It shows that you are human:
People want to read about you and what you have to say. A poorly structured blog post that has grammatical errors and problems in its writing is actually a sign that you are showing your thoughts in an un-edited way, a free flow of your ideas.
Unlike articles that are constantly refined and have everything censored so that it does not show a conflict of interest. What YOU have to say is important; and a poorly written post with errors can often show a much more powerful message than something that has been perfectly structured and everything of quality in it, stripped out.
You care about what you have to say, more than something that has been refined down to look professional:
Content that has not been heavily modified and shows a true expression of thoughts is content that truly provides an impact for the reader. Writing a post that doesn’t put emphasis on neat layout and all is a sign to readers that you care more about what you say than appearance. Readers need to know that what you say is of truth; and through your own writing.
Next time you write a post, put as much emphasis as you can on writing what you think is right. You will not be studied because something sounded grammatically incorrect; but rather, people will see that you are writing from your heart – the truth that you have to say.
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