I recently read a blog post, written by one of my most favorite bloggers, that turned my approach to writing on it’s head. For the longest time, I’ve been tied to the notion that I needed to focus on quality over quantity with my blogging. This has led to many hours of starting and stopping blog posts, editing and re-editing, and not a small amount of anxiety. Because in my mind, it will be the “high quality” (according to me, and why am I only considering my opinion anyway? Good question) blog posts that will launch my writing into infamy.
Thankfully, CJ set me straight. She explained so clearly in her post how writing more, producing actual crap, and then writing even more leads to improvement as a writer. Quantity begets quality, if you will.
The lesson of the students in the ceramics class being split into two, with one group being tasked to produce one “perfect” pot and the other group tasked to produce as many pots as they possibly could within a set time frame was spot on. When I began reading this post, I made the assumption (you know, making an “ass” out of “you and me”) that the group that was tasked with making the “perfect” pots were going to “win” in the end. Because they were going to be taking their time. Visualizing what the end result was going to look like. Focusing their creativity on one simple “perfect” thing.
I was so wrong.
Of course, the students that made multiple pots were the winners in this scenario. They learned from their mistakes as they created pot after pot. They no doubt tried different techniques and let their creativity flow, being untethered to the idea of creating just one perfect pot. And I’m sure they had way more fun than the other group.
That’s what I’m starting to do with my blogging. I think it could also be referred to as “Spitballing”, a term of which I am especially fond. As in, writing like a madwoman on random topics or just random thoughts about random things and putting them out there on my blog (or not). Seeing what sticks. Being okay with those posts that end up not sticking.
Onto the next topic, which is slightly related. But maybe not.
There are cases, of course, where quality should trump quantity. For instance, my t.v. watching habits. Because while I enjoy getting all comfy at night and gorging on the boob tube, my time is precious. I don’t necessarily need to thoroughly analyze each and every television show I enjoy and weigh their merits, but I think it behooves me to be a little thoughtful about it.
I figure I’ve got roughly 14 hours per week (is that high or low? I have no way to judge this) of time to watch television. There are several shows I enjoy watching. Some with Hubs. Some all by my lonesome. This 14 hours per week is not counting the approximate 1.5 hours daily of news/political programming Hubs and I always watch together (local news, MSNBC, and of course Full Frontal with Samantha Bee).
Perhaps I am watching too much t.v.
Anyhoo, here’s my list of quality television, according to me-don’t judge, that I will resume watching this fall:
- Grey’s Anatomy
- The Orville
- The Good Place
- This is Life with Lisa Ling
- Dancing with the Stars
- This is Us
So there is some room there for new programming. Approximately 4 hours per week (perhaps more if I skip to the end on that second, mostly unnecessary second episode of DWTS, to learn who’s dancing abilities sucked enough that they are booted from the show) left. This is where my radar for quality television needs to be employed. I’ve been semi paying attention to the new crop of shows coming out this season, and so far the only one I’m certain to check out is “Murphy Brown”. I watched that back in the day and always found it smart, funny, and entertaining. The re-boot of this show is featuring the same four actors playing the same four characters but in current times, aka “The Trump Era”, which particularly piques my interest.
The only other show I can fathom adding to my list, based on my personal standards of quality is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. I watched the first episode when it initially came out and really enjoyed it. I suppose the only reason why I haven’t picked it up again is because it was too “chick flick-y” for Hubs. So clearly this is one to watch all by myself, on those odd days when I’m home alone or the nights when Hubs goes to bed extra early.
Time will tell if there will be other shows I check out.
Tell me, fellow bloggers, what is your take on “quantity vs. quality” or vice versa, in relation to writing and/or t.v. watching? This curious mind wants to know 🙂
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I know you’re right about the quantity over quality aspect of blogging, but I refuse, and I know that therefore I’ll never be a good blogger, and that’s okay. And, as I only get to watch a few episodes of TV a week, I have to be very choosy. Right now, we’re watching Taboo with Tom Hardy and Getting On with Laurie Metcalf. Everyone tells me I should be watching This is Us, but crying gives me headaches!
You are a good blogger, you! We all have things, or concepts, that work for us and those that don’t. Never heard of Taboo or Getting On, but I think Laurie Metcalf is great. Thanks for your comments!
Loved reading your thoughts on this subject, especially on being choosy how we spend our free time. As for TV, we’ve watched Mrs. Maisel and enjoyed it, will probably pick it up again when it resumes. My favorite show though, because it makes me laugh so darn hard, is Brooklyn 99.
Thank you! I haven’t caught Brooklyn 99 yet, but maybe I should. I always appreciate a good sitcom. They’re pretty few and far between these days.
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I am always scolding myself for kind of both – I don’t feel like I’ve been great at quality or quantity! LOL – so where do I fit in?! I have to keep reminding myself to be kind to myself and remember that this is a fun hobby I dig – especially getting to know folks like you! We’ll never all be Ina (and quite frankly I don’t want to be!) – I like the small community of real life people doing their best, posting when they can fit it into life – that makes it so much more relatable. And I love your blog – you’re real, authentic and honest – love it! Keep doing you, girl!
Hey there, meatloaf lady, you most certainly have the quality thing down pat. And I love the pics of your food too! I appreciate your words of encouragement. I love the sense of community we have here in our corner of the blogosphere. Thanks so much for your comments!
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I heart This Is Us soooo much!
I know, me too! It is truly a special show. Thanks for the comments, and the follow!
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