Ideas about Great Writing

Today I opened my blog reader (feedly.com) and started reading through the new posts. I noticed an interested thing on two different post.

First – Seth Godin on HIS BLOG wrote a post about “Cracking the Pottery.” The idea is that he writes three blog posts for every one that gets published. He deletes the three that are substandard and tries to only use his best.

Second – Rich Birch over on his blog UNSEMINARY wrote about his first 300 blog posts. He mentions a rule called the 70 / 20 / 10 rule. It is inspired by Jonathan Mann – “The Song a Day Mann” – who produces a new song every day … 7 days a week … and has been doing it since 2009. He says that about 70% of his posts are mediocre … 20% are terrible … and only about 10% of them are great. He says that ratio doesn’t really change weather is writes once a day, once a week or once a month. So his goal is to write as much as possible as often as possible and the end result will some good stuff.

Both posts present two very different views of writing. I am more in the second camp – as you can tell from reading my posts:) I write and write and hope that some of it is good. I hope that more than 10% is good, but that might be overly optimistic.

So today – I thank you reader for continuing to read and always giving me a another chance!

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