The truth about blogging.. makes me think of this quote:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt
If you want to become a great blogger, you must be willing to throw your thoughts into the arena. That’s the only way I know, period. As Ali mentions, the platform isn’t as important as the words on the screen. Mine, yours, Medium’s, becomes irrelevant. What you want is to get onto that battle field.
I’ve been building blogs for four years. I might be optimistic, but if you focus on writing really valuable stuff, I believe people will find it. Benefits are the result of hard work. If you don’t feel mentally “marred, sweaty, and bloody,” then you may never experience the feeling of victory.
Long gone are the days of the Ancient Greek forums where the art of rhetoric was practiced by highly regarded philosophers. Maybe, just maybe, blogging is bringing a bit of that back.
Either way, see you in the arena.