More or Better?

The question of quality vs. quantity is one I’ve struggled with since I started blogging several years ago, so I found this bit from a good Felix Salmon post about journalists blogging very interesting:

As always, there’s a trade-off between quantity and quality. Should you write more, with lower quality, or less, with higher quality? Fortunately, the blogosphere has been around for long enough that we have a simple empirical answer to this question: given the choice, go for quantity over quality. You might not like it — I certainly don’t — but I defy you to name a really good blogger who doesn’t blog frequently.

I think this is correct. I often carry around the idea for a grand post on some subject (I have a draft post on the whole Sarah Palin situation rotting away in a folder, for example), but then never get around to publishing it because I’ve thought about it for too long and several news cycles have passed, making it less timely and less worth my time to complete. It’s like the law of diminishing returns for bloggers or something.

I’m now starting to believe that just getting something up is, in a lot of cases, more important than the quality of what’s up. If nothing else, linking to a blogger you like who has written something you agree with is still a good way of getting a discussion going on amongst your readers on your site.

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~ by uvasig on July 12, 2009.

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