Discovering, writing and believing!

Every time when you publish an article in WordPress, there is a little saying in the side column. This one below took my fancy:

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe” (Gustave Flaubert).

I like writing, I like researching a topic and I like sharing my enthusiasm about something with others. I would make a good reviewer because I like to spread the news about good things. Unfortunately I can’t keep quiet about bad things either – I am therefore also a great whinger – a quality that may annoy some, but I feel that certain things need to be said and known so there is scope for improvement.

I generally believe in good standards and I honestly feel that people should not be able to get away with shoddy methods. Many do though! I don’t like it and I will very likely object. In the past I may have objected too harsh but I am practising the art of more gentle criticism and I get good results. And I am not the only one! Apparently an unhappy customer will tell between 9 and 15 people about their experience and 13% dissatisfied customers will tell more than 20 people! Only 4-6 people get to hear about a positive experience.

Social media have impacted these figures more than anything and word of mouth has been called ‘world of mouth’ as about a third of people who have experienced bad service will share it on the internet. The average reach of social media is 45 people. Pretty powerful stuff!

What do I believe in?

Aiming for high standards has to do with what I believe in. I believe that you have to give it your best otherwise do not bother. I try to write my blog posts in such a way that it is a pleasure to read them. I aim for interesting content that is new and not repeating itself and I attempt to achieve a professional image.

Since I have been blogging I have learned many new things but I also feel that the boundaries of the ‘blogosphere’ expand with every little bit of knowledge I acquire. A couple of weeks ago I almost felt overwhelmed by the extent of things I did not know. Is that what Flaubert means by his saying? Am I on the way to discovery when it comes to blogging? Is it more than sheer knowledge that makes a believable writer?

I suppose I am discovering what there is to know about blogging but more importantly I am finding out what are my beliefs regarding this topic. According to Flaubert I will have acquired the art of writing once I have become aware of my discoveries and know how to internalise them.

Complicated stuff? Surely, but also intriguing and I will continue to have a go at it. The topic that is ‘hot’ for me at the moment is SEO as mentioned in my most recent post. I need to learn about SEO in order to believe in it and consequently write about it. A worthy goal and I think my confidence may sky rocket after I know enough about SEO to feel confident enough to start educating others.

What a vicious circle and catch 22!

 


About blogexercise

This blog is to record my blogging progress and my day to day thoughts on how to become a professional blogger.

Posted on May 18, 2012, in Content, Statistics and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I have a Query segment on my blog, where I ask people questions and then list everyone’s answers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I was firm in an idea or belief, only to find as I was talking to others that wasn’t so sure anymore. The act of writing forces me to actually examine what I’m saying. I’m not just saying it in passing; I’m reading it and asking myself, “Does this really represent me?”

    Often, I believe things simply because it’s an old opinion that I haven’t challenged in years. Writing about it makes me examine WHY I believed it, and sometimes I realize that I don’t have solid reasons. Sometimes I realized that I actually don’t believe what I thought I believed at all.

    Anyway, that’s what that quote made me think of.

  2. great stuff! i appreciate to read this sort of stuff everyday

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