Controversy on the Web

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I’ve been hiding out on different blogs reading the latest thoughts and trends. Some I agreed with. Others made me want to bury my head in a hole and cry. I thought I’d grab a few so we can discuss them here. I’ll call it our own little writers “View.” Let’s begin shall we?

Practical or Perfectionism?

On Copyblogger, Jon Morrow posted 5 Crippling Beliefs that Keep Writers Penniless and Mired in Mediocrity. The article itself was compelling with lots of points about how our thinking can sabotage success. But interestingly enough, the more than 100 comments were almost, if not more engaging than the post itself.

In reply to one of his commenters, Morrow said that he spends 10 hours on each post. That’s right, TEN hours! He said it was more about being pragmatic than perfectionistic.

I have to say that this specific comment really got to me:

“[P]ersonally, I don’t think most writers demand enough of themselves. Especially bloggers. They spend 30 min. on a blog post, and then they wonder why they aren’t getting results.”

Talk about feeling like an underachiever. On one hand, I get it. Morrow’s posts rock. They are compelling, relevant, wonderfully pleasant to read. But 10 hours!! Should I quit my day job and write for 10 hours per post? I guess if I was going to do it as my one and only job.

What do you guys think?

Are there any 10 hour bloggers out there? Do you think that writing 10 hours a day is feasible, practical or too perfectionistic?

The Lone Tree

Otherwise known as the blog with no comments. Then there’s Annabel Candy. Blogging pal Annabel Candy of Successful Blogging wrote a post called Are Your Blogging Comments Good, Bad or Ugly?. In it she says this:

Even if your writing is fabulous, you’re a global superstar and the paparazzi hound you on a daily basis, a blog with no comments makes you look like a loser.”

Ack! First an underachiever. Now a loser.

I know where Annabel’s coming from. In fact, I’ve interviewed her and e-book reviewed her in the past.

She’s smart, sweet and successful.

So maybe she has a point there. No matter how hard that pill is to swallow.

What do you think?

Do you agree? Are your posts filled with commenters or is it as lonely as a desert?

Yes Please and No Thank Yous

Number 3 comes from writer Natalia Sylvester. In a post called How Do You Keep Twitter from Hindering Your Writing, Natalia writes about the time we spend idling away on social media. In a reply to one of her commenters she said it was okay to forgo a RT thank you, but instead to focus on formulating quality conversations on Twitter.

I have to agree on this one. But I can’t get myself to stop saying, “Thank you!” I’ll blame my people-pleasing, charm school graduate ways.

But how about you?

Do you find RT thank yous unnecessary?

Would love to hear your views.

And please comment so I don’t feel like a loser on this post.


P.S. I spent a lot A LOT of time on this one. Well maybe not 10 hours, but enough. I promise.