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 post 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 article does well or not. I simply find myself having to write 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 fun , 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 review 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, writing .
- 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 earnings 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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