I read only the first response about being great by Seth Godin and it inspired me to write about the strive to write great content.
It’s something that a lot of aspiring writers go through and one I’m sure even the most ardent writers do too. I sure have this problem every time I go to write a piece and I’ve been writing for years. Not only that, but I’ve only recently started writing in this online space which is like starting from scratch.
For instance, some days ago, I decided to invest in Scribe by Copyblogger to assist my building of this blog with analysis of my content, keywords etc. I used it the other day to analyse my content and it graded me pretty low. One of the big things it mentioned was the readability score which came back as “difficult” to read.
Now I’m not saying that I’m perfect and can’t take criticism but from a piece of non-talking software?
Are you for real?
I would generally like to think that when I am portraying something, that I am well understood. Apart from the fact that I feel like a fish out of water when trying to optimise my content for Google, I’ve now made an executive decision!
I’m gonna write how I want and if that doesn’t work for me then I’ll return to the drawing board to re-access the situation. When I say how I want, I mean, structurally. (please note that I am in no way criticising the usefulness and/or the effectiveness of the Scribe software)
In the response I read on Derek Sivers‘ blog, Seth Godin answered a question aimed at musicians about them putting out great music and how it may get watered down in one’s strive for commercial success.
so much of what people call great art (whether it’s a book or a song or a way of doing customer service) isn’t actually great, it’s merely “very good.” – Seth Godin
A fork in the road
So what does one do when they want commercial success yet not lose the organic feel of their passion?
I’ve never been a person to sacrifice my message in a bid to reach a wider audience generally because it detaches me from those who may naturally connect with my core content. There is the old adage of “good enough is good enough” But is it really?
There is so much information out there and to be fair, most of it is just a spin on another person’s version. In essence, the same stuff but different. Much of what I put down on paper is my experience of using advice that I have sourced from others or from the good old school of hard knocks.
Nothing beats it
I am reading, researching and studying heavily in a bid to put my message across in a more connecting way. There are too many new shiny objects online for me to keep up with so I’m gonna attempt to stick to a few and rely on age old principals that got us here in the first place. Consider me a traditionalist trying to make it in a contemporary era.
I’ve been told I need to ask more often for what I want so here goes. I would be extremely grateful if you used the signup form at the top of the page to join my community so that you can get advance notice of when I release a new post. Also, gives me confidence that I’m not just talking to myself
Thanks a bunch!