How Do You Define Your Best Writing?

GaimanHow Do You Define Your Best Writing?

If someone asked you to provide them with samples of your best work how would you go about figuring out what to show them?

What metrics would you use to figure out what pieces you think are most representative of your skills and ability?

The blogosphere is a funny place and you never know for certain what posts are going to resonate with people and which are going to flop.

I am curious to hear your thoughts. Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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8 Comments

  1. Larry June 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    It depends on who is asking and the context. If it was completely pressure free, the numbers would not matter for me in terms of what I think is best.

  2. Lori Gosselin June 4, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Hi Josh!
    When I look at the Analytics of my site I see that by far the most popular of my posts is this one: http://lifeforinstance.com/2012/07/09/are-you-carrying-the-weight-of-the-world-on-your-shoulders/ published nearly three years ago. It’s also the top landing page 😮 Like Jens, I believe this is because it comes from a personal story, but I also suspect that many people resonate with that.

    As for metrics, perhaps the Analytics would offer some help, but also the comments, if the blog is active, which it was then, give some idea.

    Apart from that, with my present writing, I just keep editing until I FEEL it. Going with the gut on this one 100%.

    Lori

  3. jens June 3, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    At the moment I believe my best writing is my personal stories, stories that only I have experienced.

    It’s probably not the best writing if you just look at the sentences and the stories as such, but it’s personal and it’s unique and gives meaning to what I’m doing.

    • Joshua June 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Jens,

      I am a fan of personal stories. I think they are the ones that are most likely to resonate with others and build connections.

      Do you think your readers respond well to those too?

      • jens June 5, 2015 at 1:11 am

        Yes, I do. I write about marketing, and when I create a story that resonates with my readers and it’s a personal experience, I get a lot more comments and more shares.

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