Do you care about what others think of your articles?

Do you care about what others think of your articles?
To be honest, I'm kind of going through a "writer's block" moment right now. Writing content for others, along with myself is still a passion I have. Mixed with a plethora of different ideas and concepts that flood my mind daily. However, I'm failing to bring these pieces together into quality articles worth publishing. Personally, I'm one of those people where if it's not my best work, why publish it? If you're doing something for a passion, then what's the point of submitting sloppy work for your projects knowing you could do better? What I've also come to realize is that mentally, I'm very critical and self-conscious of how others respond to my articles and content in general. Basically, it's created a small type of paranoia I am overcoming currently. Though, I am aware that certain people blog and writer articles simply for themselves. Without a care in the world of what others may think. I love this perspective because it presents a type of freedom within article and content writing. Do you write solely for what others may think/respond? Or do you write because you love reading your own words in online print?

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Comments

Istine
I write contents and articles because of my readers. It is because of my readers that I strive to give unique concepts and share ideas. my passion for writing comes with the thought that maybe through my articles, I may touch someones life, that maybe I could inspire someone to write his own story and bring out his passion. Maybe I could encourage certain individuals to socialize more. Comments may it be positive or negative are still criticisms that will will turn out constructively. They serve as my benchmark. Do they love my article? What do they want to read next? Do they find my article interesting. It matters a lot to me.
Posted by Istine on 08-31-2017
galegatling
Not just probably to you but to most of us who are into blogging and article writing. It's like we get our ideas on our subscriber's critics may it be good or bad. I used to feel that way before. However, things turned out differently for me in the past years. So I stopped doing blog posts and instead I focused only on to what I want I want to write. I have a lot of articles drafted but still haven't published them yet. :D
Posted by galegatling on 09-07-2017
JoeMilford
I absolutely care about what others think of my articles. I always want to present decent and compelling content which has quality and value and is error-free. My content is a reflection on who I am and a demonstration of how much I care about my work. I also cater to the audience a bit so that their needs are met and they return to my blogs. Also, if I am hired as a freelancer to write articles, I definitely want to make sure that the articles have quality and merit so that clients and customers will feel confident in employing me for my writing skills in the future. I take my writing very seriously and always try to do my best at it. Of course, I am going to make mistakes, and I am sure that some days I write better than others, but I always try in earnest to create good compositions.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-31-2017
Marvadaum
Well yes, I write to express myself but I also do it because I want other people to read. So I care a lot about reader feedback. That said even though I care I think it's important to do your own thing also. It's important to get feed back but I wouldn't try to please everyone. There is no way to do that.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-31-2017
Xilkozuf
Article? Post? Topic? Do I care about what people think about them? DAMN YES! I care what people think about me, about what I write, what I say... I have a bit of anxiety in that subject, and I often limit myself too much because of it. Maybe I didn't write something becuse I felt people wouldn't have appreciated it, when instead it could have been something good. I'm always afraid that people might not like what I write, for whatever reasons... they dont' agree, so they start to insult, or they just don't like the article or what I write, and they still insult... Maybe not all people is like this, but it's just some form of anxiety I struggle with. I can't help it.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-31-2017
JoeMilford
I certainly love your enthusiasm here, and I second it! I would say don't limit yourself anymore; just keep practicing your writing and your editing skills, and you will inevitably get better at expressing yourself, especially if you are this passionate about your audiences and the content that you are creating fr them. You are already a good writer, if you ask me. It's fine if people disagree with you. You should always welcome a healthy debate. I tend to learn more from debating with those who disagree with me than from those who share my same old opinions anyway, you know?
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-03-2017
wiiky28
I don't give a damn about what people think about my articles. It's true that as humans we tend to feel some what whenever someone criticises or talks ill about any of our works but I think if truly you know yourself, your worth and value and the reason or your source of inspiration while writing, then, you are most unlikely to be take it persona.I write because I have to since it's the only convenient way of expressing myself and what I think about certain things.
Posted by wiiky28 on 08-31-2017
Joteque
I think that you are in the right place here where you will not only get over your writer's block but you will ultimately improve on your writing skills and share your thoughts openly among liked minds who will promote your work. Whenever I think about placing my thoughts on paper, I think of a virtual audience of people who I would like to talk to and explain as clearly as I can what is on my mind. The fact is the words that we put on paper, no matter how pellucidly clear we make it is a mere expression of the thoughts that are truly reflected within our minds. We can choose to express these thoughts in as many ways as possible be it through the written word or some other expression. All you have to do is rethink your thought or look at it from another point of view. It's all you, never mind the written word, this will eventually come forth but once you feel that what is in your head is substantially worth shouting about much less explaining then everything else will rise into place! No writer's block can ever stop you because you were never writing for writing sake, just to put words on paper. You were relating to an expression forged within your mind's eye and this is a powerful place where even if you try to suppress the thought of the power of the mind you cannot stop your very own force from shining! The force is within you, use it and go forth and let your universe shine among others who are willing to make the contribution towards a greater world with the greatest experience in our lives where we could freely interact with one another and share ideas to evolve to infinity and beyond!!!
Posted by Joteque on 08-31-2017
idealmikey
Nope. I don't give a God damn what people think of my articles. Unless it's the person/client I'm writing for of course. But for my own articles I don't care what people think about them. Obviously I'd like people to like them. But I don't really care if they don't. At the end of the day, people will always be opinionated. That's what makes people people. When it comes to writing, it's just words on the page at the end of the day. It's not like speaking and talking to someone in that you have to be face to face to them or audibly speaking. It's just text on a page and if you don't like what I write then you don't have to read it. Move along. Click the x button. There's nothing for you to see here. Besides, you think you don't like my writing. Why are you still here then? No I've never really been that bothered by it. I think you are possibly over thinking and thinking too much into it. Try to just think about what's important to you. What matters and focus on that. Not on what people might think about your writing. Just say what you gotta say and leave it with that. It's up to people how they wanna take it. That's sort of how I think anyways. :)
Posted by idealmikey on 08-31-2017
tophew
For me sometimes yes because it is important to know others opinion about our article so if there i wrong with our article in the next post we can improve it to a better level. we should be open to be criticized so that we can grow to more mature article writer. and try to interact with the viewers to know what they like to hear from you.
Posted by tophew on 08-31-2017
TheArticulate
If I'm writing an article or post for someone, I most certainly care what at least they think about it. I'm not much of a blogger, but if I had my own blog I would be in tune with what my audience would be interested in hearing, and I would like to hear their feedback as well. I typically don't write for writings sake or for myself unless it's a script or screenplay for a film. In which case, I still care what my friends and colleagues think of what I write, as peer review is great for building a good, strong story.

I don't know. I don't think I could not care what people think of my writing even if I really tried.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-31-2017
JoeMilford
In my freelance work, my professional writing, and in my work on forums or writing for others, as you mentioned, I really do care about the audience and how my content affects them or gets the job done that they asked or required of me, especially if I am getting paid for it. In other words, under certain circumstances, we write in different ways. However, when I am writing in other genres, like my personal blogs, my poetry, personal articles, or my fiction, the audience is different, so the content is as well. I say whatever the hell I want under certain circumstances, but at other times, depending upon the writing environs I am in, I use more tact.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-03-2017
cmoneyspinner
You say “if it's not my best work, why publish it?” Are you sure you're not being really hard on yourself? It could be others may think your work is terrific. You won't know that if you don't publish it. Sometimes we are our own worst critics.

As to whether I care what others think of my articles? Well of course I care. But I don't use what others think to decide what I write or whether or not I will write. That's my decision. It's their decision whether they will read it. If they don't, they don't. If they do, they do. But I have specific goals I want to accomplish through my writing. If I am accomplishing those goals, then my work is productive and profitable for me. I don't need someone else's approval. Obviously, what they think has no impact on what I'm accomplishing.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-31-2017
kingcool52
Like someone has said on one of the comments here, you may just be being hard on yourself. You will never know if a particular piece of content is good enough if you do not publish it. Don't over think it, just publish it and let your users read the content that you write. If they enjoy it then it is amazing and I'm sure you will be happy with yourself. If they are not happy then I'm sure they will write about what they think wasn't good about the article in the comments section. You can then use it to improve your future articles. Never be scared to publish an article.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-31-2017
JaiGuru
I am one of those people who believes an audience finds their writer and not the other way around. While I do concern myself with making sure my articles are offering value to people who read them, I'm not overly worried about trying to coerce the reader into liking the work or me. Especially in the options-laden world of the internet, you're not going to be able to retain a significant portion of your readership that way. There are just too many other authors pandering to any specific viewpoint you can imagine. This makes it very hard to speak life's difficult truths as people do gravitate towards easy answers. But then, that is the ethical line you have to navigate.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-31-2017
Mehano
I am also a writer and I have written many articles in my spare time, besides working. I can admit that I do care about what people think about my work. I would lie if I said I didn't. I think that it is completely natural though especially if you write things like articles, books, and blogs. You want the readers to like your work and of course, want more.

If nobody liked the things that I write I doubt that I would keep writing since I would become very demotivated. The most important for me is for my close friends and family to say that they love it :)
Posted by Mehano on 08-31-2017
jaysolano12
Yes, I do care about it. When, someone try to write an article, I also pay attention to the content on it. I always want to figure out, what the purpose on writing, and it's really makes a lot to me. I always expect, the writer to introduce the idea of uniqueness. It's a good way of writing, when you put feelings on it.

I write on my blog about my personal experienced into something else. I expect people will appreciate my work, as long as I write things, according what i feel. Writing is my medium of expression, that's why I wrote long messages of my book, or my content.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-31-2017
galegatling
I actually haven't been criticized by the people who have read my articles. Maybe because it is relevant to them and it's all about positivity. But if ever someone would say something bad or gives me a critic, I wouldn't mind hearing one and learning from it as long as it is a constructive one. But if its only about bragging or jealousy or feeling like a pro comment, then I wouldn't entertain it for sure.
Posted by galegatling on 08-31-2017
Alexa
No, I don't care because if you write for an audience then you aren't being true to yourself. Not everyone will agree with what you write, but what I have learned is many people are sheep and are easily led and so when there is something 'different' they don't know what to do with it.

I think people care because it's an ego thing, but of course people want to be liked but that doesn't mean it's a good piece of writing. It means people can identify with it or agree with it.
Posted by Alexa on 08-31-2017
williamk
Actually, I really get concerned with the comments I get from my article either positive or negative because it really encourages me to do more or adjust when I might have missed a corner. When I get none it really bothers me but not so much.
Posted by williamk on 08-31-2017
Vatroslav
Anyone who says that they don't care at all for the opinions of others is either lying or is in denial. Opinions matter but the real question is whose opinion matters.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-31-2017
Authord
I don't care. I came to the realization that we all live in different worlds, a different reality for each and every one of us, a reality that was built based on our thoughts, beliefs, experiences, based on what we were taught while growing up. What I might see as being right, other people might see as being wrong, and what I might see as being beautiful other people might see as being ugly. If we want to live life the way WE want to and not the way others would want us to, we need to let go of our constant need to control what other people think of us, we need to learn to let go of our approval-seeking behavior.
Posted by Authord on 08-31-2017
anna
I think there's good writing that is intended for an audience and good writing that is intended only for personal growth and that it's important to have a balance of both.
Posted by anna on 08-31-2017
Barida
I am that type of writer that like to do both, that is in some cases, I write articles considering how others will view it. Such mindset affects the way I make use of words, the way I write to please my end readers as well as how comprehensive and simple the words I use in making those contents look. In as much as this should be the major goal of any writer since if what we write don't get appreciated by the larger public, then there is this possibility of our work performance being slowed with criticisms here and there.

However, sometimes I feel like writing purely based on how I want my articles to be. In those cases, I might even use controversial remarks on my writings without minding what my readers will feel like. While some writers might feel that such writings may end up making them lose some fans, I think that in a way, this is a move that makes a writer stays relevant since controversy brings a kind of attention that writing cool everytime will not bring your way.
Posted by Barida on 08-31-2017
giovanniiiii
It is actually a blessing for people to be able to read your articles and I also care about what they think as they are my audience, but I wouldn't let their criticism be wasted and I am open to suggestions and their ideas. As a writer, in order to gain a great audience, I believe people's idealogies should be taken into consideration.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-31-2017
RosieCheeks
I feel encouraged when people read my stories and praise it. I appreciate every single reader I have, including my family members, that obviously, biased opinion still means the world to me. I like critics as well and never get upset if I get any because it makes my writing style better. If You are criticized, there is a way for making it better and better.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 09-01-2017
jeiyyy
I write because I like and its a given fact that you can't please everyone but even knowing this things you can't really pretend to not notice and care for those people who read your article. In my case I care about what the other's think in my article but I don't particularly give a lot of attention in nonsensical criticism.
Posted by jeiyyy on 09-01-2017
wallet
I do write a lot of articles, and many posts on my blog. Usually, I write about what I like and what I feel in that moment, it just depends on my inspiration and my mood. Of course, I care about what my readers think about my articles. In fact, I prefer all kind of opinions even the critique because that is what makes us better, I can learn from my mistakes and this is the way in which I can improve my writing style!
Posted by wallet on 09-01-2017
SimplyD
I write to share my ideas and experiences. Yes, i care for what others think about my articles. I actually, feel so happy when a lot woud give their comments about the article. Those comments especially when they are plenty is a bonus to me. So, I see to it that my article is something that a lot of people can relate to.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-01-2017
Denis_P
I absolute do care what others think, but not in the sense that my ego would be hurt if someone told me I wrote a bad article. I look at it mostly from a business perspective. If people don't like your articles, you're not going to get as many people returning to read your content, and lower traffic means lower income. It might make me seem like a bit of a sellout, but the fact is a man has to do what he can in order to put bread on the table. If that means tweaking your writing so that it appeals to a broader audience, so be it.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-01-2017
overcast
I don't care what people think of my content. I just write the stuff down. And then hope for the best. Perfection is the enemy of getting done. So on that point, I make sure I try to give best and leave the rest. Because you can't control every scenario. And trying to do exactly that is not a safe practice at all. So on that point I make sure that what I do is properly handled in that case too. That's for sure.
Posted by overcast on 09-01-2017
JoeMilford
I identify with your statement about perfection here. If I over-think or over-edit something, I tend to never finish it, and I also feel that I run the risk of beating it to death so that there is nothing of inspiration or originality left in it. Jack Kerouack used to say, "First mind, Best mind". I don't totally believe in this, nor do I have the confidence to present my first draft of everything to the world, but there is something to be said about being true to yourself and writing from that original moment of inspiration.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-03-2017
wiseagent
I think everyone who writes something, somehow cares about what others think. After all, you're writing something for other people and not for yourself, so... I think it's normal to want to do a job well done and want to please your readers. It's a natural concern, in my point of view.

What I don't do is change my ideals in favor of what readers expect or want to read because if I did that my work would lose my own identity and a writer without identity is a soulless writer.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-01-2017
Pixie
I mostly write for others are I feel glad when they praise my work. It gives me the motivation to work harder and write quality articles. Many people have asked me why I don't post on my blog on a daily basis. The reason is I usually spend much time to write an article. I do some research and try to write quality articles with catchy titles. I want to attract readers to my blog. I want to share what I know with others.
Posted by Pixie on 09-01-2017
Wyvh
Who doesn't ? If you're writing articles, you expect it to be read by other people and, therefor, expect their advices back and their feedback overall. If you're spending time in writing and submitting articles and do not care about what the others think about them, then you're doing it wrong.
Posted by Wyvh on 09-01-2017
lovely
I'm a blogger, so I write articles for people to read.Well, I have never thought about what people would say, it has never crossed my mind.I believe that not everyone will understand and accept my views, so I leave room for all views good or bad.If we are to go by only when one smile or frown,then we will not achieve our aim,which is writing.
Posted by lovely on 09-02-2017
Corzhens
I am not really sensitive when it comes to my writing but I care what others think of my articles. My take on writing is that I write for an audience so it is the audience that I should think when I am writing. In case the readers would give me a positive feedback on my articles, I would be glad. But when given a negative review, I would check and try to identify the issue why. Those negative reviews can serve to improve my writing. So it is not right to be angry when someone would criticize your article, think about it for it can help you improve your writing skills.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-03-2017
vinaya
I do care about what others think about my articles. I am a writer and I write for readers. If a readers likes my article, my motive is fulfilled, if a reader does not like my article I will look for ways to imporve my article. For a writer, readers opinuon matters. If a writer does not care about what other think, he will never succeed as a writer.
Posted by vinaya on 09-06-2017
Heatman
Yes of course, I do care of other people's thought as well as their opinions about my articles and write ups. For crying out loud, I'm not writing for my own personal consumption but for others to read, so it would be foolish to overlook what they think of your articles and write up.

Considering what they have to say about your work is what would either tell you how to improve and where exactly to improve on your work. I personally see it as them helping to review my work, which in entirety of an advantage to me.
Posted by Heatman on 09-27-2017
vhinz
Thinking what other people might say really stops me from writing. A self doubt kicks in every time I think what would people will say when they read my writings. Questions like "What if my thoughts I've put in my article are wrong?", or "What if I could hurt other people's feelings", or "What if they already know what I'm about to write?", or "What if they will give a negative comment and I could not answer it back?". It is really a big challenge for me.
Posted by vhinz on 10-09-2017
Juliemonkey
I honestly do care a great amount of what others think. Some people more than others. I think most people struggle at some point in their lives with caring too much about what others think. I wish the world was more accepting of everyone. Maybe then people wouldn't worry so much of what others are thinking of them.
Posted by Juliemonkey on 10-18-2017
Corzhens
I think you got it mixed up. Although I agree that you should not really care what others think of you as long as you are doing everything right with ethics and social graces the question is about the articles that you wrote. Do you care about what others think of your articles be it positive or negative remark? The readers compose your market so they probably have an influence on your writing and you should care about what they say.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-26-2018
jaymish
I think that so long as my article is interesting and written in grammatically correct English then I have absolutely no worries about what others think of it. We are all different people with different personalities and we all have different views. I don't expect everyone to like my articles. Off course my ego would be hurt if someone did not like my articles but I would get over it pretty quickly.As you get older you realize that that is life and you cannot expect everyone to like your work. This is part of growing up.
Posted by jaymish on 09-20-2018
vivalavanda
Of course, sometimes you write for yourself but most of the time you write for your readers. Your readers are the one who will read your articles, sometimes you can't create articles because there are no readers. In addition, some readers actually want to help you improve your writing so you need to listen to them too. You need to hold on to those readers who are loyal to your work.
Posted by vivalavanda on 11-04-2018
jetselle
It depends. If those people matter to you in terms of family bonds, career relations, friendship etc. you must care. But if these thoughts they share or project to you are negative, just ignore them and do what is right, according to your deep thought.
Posted by jetselle on 11-15-2018