There are days when I can’t work anymore and there are days where I’m so tired my eyes can’t open. There are days when I fell asleep in front of my open laptop. And there are “one of those days” if you know what I mean.
It’s the little things that I treasure so much in life and one of those little things that mean huge in my world are the comments and emails that my readers sent to me. Whether it is a simple ‘I love this article’ or a ‘I find your tips very helpful to what I am going through right now’ or a ‘How are you coping with your little one’, touched the very core of my heart and gave me an instant boost to uplift whatever mood I am in.
As a writer, I know how much a single word, a single phase can make or break someone’s mood and can create new emotions, tug heartstrings, stroke egos. I am well aware of the effect it can have on anyone particularly me.
Therefore, as writers, we have a duty to our readers, whether we are writing on our blogs or writing commercially to produce a piece of art worth reading and not fill the already overwhelming internet with fluff and fake news just to hit a particular SEO target or to create a viral article.
Too many a times, I come across interesting titles that capture my eyes but when I’m through with the article, it did not provoke any emotions or allow me to gain any insight into the subject matter and it just makes me feel disappointment and perhaps waste of time reading crap on the internet. I’m sure there plenty of great articles out there as much or even more than those floating fillers fluff that some websites that specialized in viral articles put out to be.
Given anytime of the day, I rather read a piece of poor spelling and grammatical incorrect story than a perfectly written but meaningless rubbish on the sole purpose to gain popularity for the website to gain more eyeballs and in turn, earn more money from affiliate advertising.
I don’t know about you but I can spend the entire day browsing through Facebook and find not one single article create meaning in my the hours I have input. So much so, I simply ignore social media for a few days except to check on those content liked or featured by my followers.
I see myself more than just a mere writer but a creator of words to capture hearts (not eyeballs) and as much as possible to bring the reader knowledge, laughter (okay, maybe a smirk or a smile), creating a bond during those engaging minutes while reading one of my stories. The moments where my words on behalf of me connect with the mind and heart of the reader. This connection is precious. And your comments and emails affirm the confidence that I am doing or writing something right.
Friends, writing comrades even clients have many times asked why I don’t use viral content or play with SEO to bring MiddleMe to a higher ground. While their intentions are good, wishing MiddleMe to spread the goodness to more people (free resume template here!). I’ll reply that the goodness will not be good anymore if I write without letting my words flow freely. I will have to insert long-tailed keywords while rewording them into sentences to make sense and deleting words and break up sentences to reach positive readability scores. That is not the purpose of MiddleMe.
The purpose of MiddleMe is to share tips, give bits of advice and spread knowledge surrounding career, entrepreneurship and freelancing. Not to scale the Google Search rankings and bring shock value to gain followers.
Do you agree with me? Do you do the same with your blog? Share with us in the comments below. And love your comments in advance!!
Best things in life are meant to be shared, start spreading MiddleMe around, after all, sharing is caring.