I am not a great writer. No, wait, let me rephrase that, I am not a good writer. It’s a fact rather than a confession. What are the reasons for this? I don't think there are any, I just know that I am not.
I hate to write stuff on a continuous basis which generally is described as being lazy. I am however always on the prowl to read articles on B/R—even if I don’t really get a full understanding of what’s being published. So I generally don’t expect pick of the day's from readers of my articles or a host of praises in the comments that are posted on my pieces.
To be more precise, I don’t expect a great number of article reads on the work I publish here on Bleacher Report.
But I don't think I am the only writer on B/R in this situation. Bleacher Report has a host of writers who are churning out great stuff but unfortunately they don’t seem to get the read count their quality of work would suggest. Yes, it might be argued that after sometime they will get the proper recognition, but I don't think that always happens.
I have come across articles that are very well written but, despite being published days ago, they only have double digit reads.
At the same time, controversial articles—that are poorly written and state the obvious facts that are seen in every other article on the same subject—get a much greater comment and read count.
Would this not deflate the confidence of any writer and stop him wanting to write another piece? The mentality might be "I am not going to get a good number of reads, so why bother to write another one?"
I am not just talking about newbie contributors who are still trying to adapt to the Bleacher Report world, the same could be said of some established writers. B/R columnist Zahi Sahli was thinking of—or possibly already has—ending the "Rumor and Realities" Series.
What could be the reason for this? Most probably the same as before; not a great number of reads.
But the style of Zahi's writing coupled with great humour and the information he provides—which wouldn’t require you to go searching for it all over the Internet—was quite amazing in my opinion. In short, reading Zahi’s "R and R" series inspired other writers to go on and write good stuff of their own. It certainly did that to me.
But here we are talking about ending the series on the basis that their was not enough reads and comments.
So the question arises: If a columnist was ending a series on the basis of low read count; what about newbie writers who have just began writing on Bleacher Report? Well, I just don’t know the answer to that because in the end it depends on the writer’s belief in his writing. But I certainly know my answer.
I may stop writing but I definitely am not going to stop reading or commenting on other peoples great articles. As for the case of poorly written articles on Bleacher, it did end the enthusiasm of writing for some.
Liverpool Community leader Barney Corkhill commented on an article a while back and said that a writer had left Bleacher Report because she got replaced in the rankings by a blog writer who was continuously churning out irrelevant or very poor articles.
We have lost a writer who could have given us a host of different views from the articles that she would have written if she had not taken the decision to leave.
I don't think anybody can guarantee possible solutions to such problems because there are writers who are going to market their articles by spamming the bulletin boards of other writers and they are not going to stop doing that.
Ask Saraswathi Siriginia and you will know what I am talking about.
To counter this, I think articles that deserve some recognition should be passed on to fellow writers I think would appreciate them. Jamie Ward proposed this in his article on the very same subject.
Sometimes I feel like all my hard work has just been dumped into the nearest Rubbish bin. It’s a common phenomenon that occurs around me during my lab work as well but then we can always hope for the best.
Because this isn’t just any site, this is Bleacher Report.