Writing in the Echo Chamber

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A Thicker Skin Is Good

The Value of Vulnerability & Growth

Angela Lee Duckworth discusses where success comes from. It’s not about being naturally good at something.
  1. Is it something technical? For instance, if they viewed but didn’t read, is my opening off? Is there a disconnect between my title and content?
  2. Is it the subject matter? Have my quirky interests led me in a direction too few others want to go? Do I need to buck up and ask a sufficiently-direct normal person where this went off the rails for them? Is there a different approach or sub-topic that could work better?
  3. Is it the wrong place? If it’s a niche topic, where do people who like that kind of stuff show up? Maybe it’s not (and it’s probably not) the main spaces. But there are a ton of other spaces to publish that are more targeted.
  4. Is it the wrong audience? Much like “place,” this goes to who’s hearing/reading you. Most people like to hear someone who says what they already think, only says it better.
  5. Is the writing too complicated? As Anne Bonner points out in her outstanding article on “How to Write and Publish Articles That Get Noticed,” simple, conversational writing works best.
  6. Are there too many articles like it already? If there are already a ton of pieces on that topic, likely mine is getting buried in the avalanche under those who have a larger following. Is there something else I authentically like that’s less crowded?
  7. Why did I write it? For income? Influence? To share knowledge? To experiment? For sheer love of the subject? The reason I wrote something can influence how I feel about results and whether I’ve succeeded, regardless of stats.

The Goal

“Common sense would suggest that having an ability, like being smart, inspires confidence. It does, but only while the going is easy. The deciding factor in life is how you handle setbacks and challenges. People with a growth mindset welcome setbacks with open arms.”

~Travis Bradberry

Lisa Holloway is a Navy veteran and former disaster relief worker. She is currently an International Relations Analyst writing mostly about South Asia.

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Lisa Holloway

Lisa Holloway

Lisa Holloway is a Navy veteran and former disaster relief worker. She is currently an International Relations Analyst writing mostly about South Asia.

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