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Writing for Sanity, Not Because it Will Go Viral

Dawnwriter submitted Most Popular Posts a couple of days ago. I happened to read it this morning and immediately started typing a comment. Several lines in I realised that, actually, this was a in its own right. So, as a follow on from mine entitled Writing Online - Because I Have To , further thoughts on the topic.

  • I couldn't really care less whether a post or does well or not. I simply find myself having to about some topics when they annoy me or catch my interest, because otherwise I'll end up taking my frustration out on someone (whether they are the cause of it or not.) I write for a quiet soul and a peaceful mind, not because something will be popular and go viral/earn me lots of clicks.
  • I write because writing is , because it is a need for me, and because it is a way to share my research, knowledge and world view with others.
  • I have only recently written one book review. However, I websites, products and apps all the time, either because I'm asked to or because the product/site/app interests me. Movie reviews, just like movies themselves, bore me. I don't want to sit in a darkened cinema for hours staring blankly at a screen while a bunch of strangers all round me whisper and check their phones. I'd rather be at home, .
  • I know nothing about cricket and I would consider very carefully before writing about religion.
  • I write hotel and attraction reviews when I have actually been to the location, but not otherwise. Rather than use a review site, I will turn the review into a full-length article, with photos, and publish it on one of my writing sites.
  • I have been known to write about food, on occasion. We need it to survive, after all. I can write about my home life with the best of you, but tend not to touch on home remedies, because the topic can be a minefield.
  • I refuse to read about the other site any more. I also rarely post about my earnings, as I was told many years ago by a former boss that to discuss in public is offensive to those who don't earn as much as you do and provides an opportunity for gloating to those who earn more.
  • I don't post about my country, society, culture, traditions and festivals on this site, but I have had a series of successful articles previously on another site about that. They are currently not online, but they will be again soon.

Do you care whether topics are popular or do you 'simply write'?

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Prophetess wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:09 PM

Hello fellow natural born writer. I too feel compelled to write about certain subjects. It just comes naturally. I was offended when my posts were oto read on Facebook and I did not get the views on ther sites as many other writers di. I now write for peace and tranquility, and because God created me to write. In time the money will catch up

MegL wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:41 PM

I mostly write because I want to say something. If I have time (and remember) I look up keywords related to the suject and fit them in but usually, I am in such a rush to publish thatI forget.

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AliCanary wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:58 PM

Yeah, bosses don't ever want you to discuss earnings, because if you don't, you will never discover that you are being compensated unfairly. Don't let your sense of propriety play into their hands--they know how to use that to manipulate you.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 7, 2015, 3:51 PM

I write what feels good to write at the time, be it my area of living, my critters, or a vent.

celticeagle wrote on March 7, 2015, 4:15 PM

I am too curious. I do read about goings on over on the other site. I don't care if my writings are popular or not. I do it because I enjoy it. But, hey, if something I write does get a high note I don't mind that either.

Kasman wrote on March 7, 2015, 4:20 PM

I write for much the same reasons as you do and primarily for my own satisfaction. I don't care about my online earnings and my favourite subject (apart from Scotland's hills) is the use of photographs online. I will occasionally write about my tropical fish but I avoid subjects which I know little about - how can anyone write a review about something unless they have been there/done that/eaten it?

WordChazer wrote on March 7, 2015, 4:53 PM

You need to write more about your tropical fish, because I enjoy those posts. And the ones of you and Wingman up the munros. Who could FAIL to enjoy those? I can review a website that someone may not have found otherwise so long as there is content there to review. The worst sites to review/products to write about are the ones I can find zappo and xilch online about(!) I don't like inventing words about a site that there's nothing to write about, and having to create filler fluff as a result. At least at the moment the topics I'm writing about have plenty previous online for me to chew over before I submit work.

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valmnz wrote on March 8, 2015, 6:54 AM

I have no idea what popular topics are at any given stage, but write about an idea once it pops into my head. Some seem to be well read, others no one cares about. I simply write about what takes my fancy at any given moment.

scheng1 wrote on March 15, 2015, 7:28 AM

I share the same thought. I have seen some people with vacant eyes. They really are bored out of their minds.