My Wife’s Opinion · 13 March 2013
My wife thinks that my writing quality has suffered because I have been posting something six days a week – five about the health conspiracy and one Musing of MediocreMan. She might be right, but not completely so.
There are certainly days when I put out garbage. But there are also days that I put out gems. Unfortunately, I do not always agree with my audience about which are quality and which are not.
A couple of my friends at work have rightfully said that I have not been doing the best job of editing. And with my wife’s assessment that I am striving for quantity over quality, I must be doing a terrible job. I agree with her and my friends that sometimes I do not put out a quality product. However, I do not think that is the whole point.
This daily blogging about health was not really my idea in the first place. God conspired against me to do it, which means that I do not really have an out until a year has passed and I have had my physical. I have already written about several reasons I believe God started this conspiracy. It is about writing and it is about health. Yet it is even more than that.
Writing each day is something that every aspiring writer should do. But publishing every day is even better. There is no time to worry about writer’s block, that nefarious but imaginary foe. There is no time to contemplate each word or phrase. There is barely any time to get down the idea and cut out whatever is unnecessary. I normally just have time to get the idea, write it down, and polish it up once or twice. The process of publishing daily is grueling to say the least. But it is accomplishing its goal. I am becoming a better writer. At least I think I am.
I know that I do not get a beautiful piece of writing out each day. Maybe not even each week. But I do get one out every once in a while. The thing is, that would happen regardless of my publishing schedule. For not every piece can be a gem. However, those rare gems make the rest worthwhile, even if the rough hewn stones are tough on my readers.
My wife’s opinion matters to me, but when it comes right down to it, this whole online publishing thing might just be practice. Then again, all professionals practice their trades. They learn as they do. So while individual posts may not always make the grade, overall, I think my quality has improved. Whether my wife thinks so or not.
© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi
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