I have a really big issue right now, and I’ve decided that I need to write about it. I’m getting really tired of people saying that there’s a “right” or “best” way to write good articles and one way to work for a writing site. It’s just so untrue!
Between conversations on FaceBook and articles on various writing sites I’ve seen numerous things telling people that there’s a certain way people need to do things to have success. Often when I step in and say there are other ways I get told I’m wrong and they’re right. No one’s been impolite mind you, but they’ve been rather adamant. The thing is, I’m not wrong, and they’re only partly wrong.
I’ve seen some people say you *must* write at least 500 words or more. I’ve seen some people say you “should” write 1000 characters maximum. I’ve seen people say you “have to” use keywords and SEO. I’ve seen people say you “need to” post 10 articles per day. People say a lot of things. I say do what works for you, and I believe I’ve got it right.
I take serious issue with anyone trying to act like they have all the answers or trying to convince others that the way they do things is the way everyone needs to do it. I don’t care if you have a degree in writing or marketing, or 20 years experience, that doesn’t mean you know everything. It doesn’t mean you know the one right way, because there’s no such thing. You know what works for you, nothing more. Trends and statistics be damned, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat.
I have seen plenty of proof that A) Not every writing site works the same. B) People who follow none of the so-called “rules” of writing can make as much money as those who follow some or all of them. C) More and more established writers are moving out of the confines created by other writing sites and embracing the freedom of the new generation. D) Trends are meaningless because they change daily. E) The public often doesn’t know what it wants until someone gives it to them.
With all that in mind, I’d like to impress upon all writers that there’s no “better” or “right” way to write. Write the way you want and write about what you’re passionate about. Develop and embrace your own style. Learn and try as many things as you want until you find what works best for you. That’s the only “right” way to go. Be yourself and find your own path. Of course, that’s true for pretty much everything in life.
There’s an audience for short posts, long posts, SEO formatted posts, free-form posts, humor, seriousness, celebrities, rants, deep-thinking, inspiration, and everything else. There are as many ways of writing and making money with it as there are people who will read it. Nobody has all the answers, and you can’t apply a one-size-fits-all mentality to your writing any more than you can to anything else in life.