Quality vs. Quantity


Ah, the age old dilemma (well, at least one that’s been around as long as blogging)– is it better to write good blog posts or write regular blog posts? Yes, of course the ideal is to write good blog posts regularly but there are some of us (ahem) who are still working on that. So what to do in the mean time?

I enjoy writing. I want to do it well. One of the reasons I have this blog is so that I can hone my writing skills. Like any skill, the only way to get better is to practice. But what kind of practice is it if I’m not doing it regularly?

I’m a perfectionist by nature, and while I take pride in the fact that I am not the kind of person who is happy with doing a half-assed job of things, perfectionism has its price– namely that I don’t do things for fear of doing them half-assed. Blogging has been no exception. I fret over every thought, every word, every comma (well, those little buggers are tricky, you know!). Before you know it. it’s been weeks since I’ve posted and I feel like a failure.

At the BlogHer conference, the panelists of one of the writing sessions were asked about how much they edit and revise their blog posts. One panelist said something like, “I usually delete my first paragraph and check for editing, but that’s about it. ” Another panelist had a similar answer and added how her readers expect her to post regularly so she couldn’t spend too much time on the revising process. I was astonished. And yet, I shouldn’t have been.

These women are writers. They write. Every day. They learned long ago what I am still trying to learn: Blogging is a unique animal that is not the be all end all of writing. Better to just, well, write. Maybe the writing well will follow. I have to get used to the idea that not each and every post will be or even has to be great. Maybe for a while they just need to be.

Self discipline is yet another thing I struggle with, so…

Enter external motivation.

I just recently found out about National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo (how’s that for a mouthful?). It’s a website that seeks to be “the epicenter for daily blogging.” It’s a place of support for those who want to commit to blogging every day. The challenge: to update my blog every day for a month. Yep. Every. Day. (And you can click on the graphic at the beginning of this post to check out the site) There are chances for prizes for following through with this commitment, but the biggest prize for me will be, as trite as it may seem, just having actually done it.

The month of November will be one I devote to blogging and my writing in general. I’ll keep you posted (literally-hehe). Wish me luck. Comments might be a nice motivator to keep me going too (hint hint). And if you’re a blogger, visit the site and play along!

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  1. LeeWee says:

    You can do it!


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