Rules of Journalism, Part IV: Be Prepared To... Bring It On...

Salaar Shamsi@SalaarizationSenior Writer IAugust 13, 2008

Welcome to the fourth edition of the popular series "Rules of Journalism."

Previously, on Rules of Journalism (Rules of Journalism, Part I : Every Dog Has It's Day...) I had focused on being patient, waiting for your chance and how to deal with criticism.

The second edition of the much hyped series could not match the response the first one received but nevertheless, it explained the importance of learning from your mistakes (Rules of Journalism, Part II : Learn From Your Mistakes...).

The third edition was quite a special piece for me, as it was my 300th article for Bleacher Report. I was delighted by the response and the article emphasized the importance of standing out and proving yourself by taking everything in your own hands (Rules of Journalism, Part III : Take Everything In Your Own Hands...)

Welcome to the fourth edition, Rules of Journalism, Part IV: Be Prepared To... Bring It On...

I've often reflected on the importance of facing criticism and dealing with the kind of response you get, now, we shift our focus towards the other side of the picture, "getting a cold shoulder."

If you write an article or column, there's every chance that it won't get the kind of response that you hoped it would receive, is that supposed to pull you down? NO!

Telling yourself, "I put my heart into this" should be enough for you to attain your personal "TOTAL SATISFACTION" but being unable to connect to your readers or getting an unsatisfactory response can be heartbreaking.

If you write an article, which you spend hours on and which has special place in your heart, you expect it to get a "REAL" response (whether it's 50 comments or 2000 reads).

This objective may not always be achieved but it shouldn't be a reason for you to back down.

If you get out, the first time you play baseball, will you never play again? If you score an own goal, when playing football (soccer), will you never play again? NO!

If you visit your favourite steakhouse and it's got a large waiting line, will you leave? (Well, maybe you could) but the point is, if you're in a mood for a hearty steak and it's the only place in town that has it, what are you going to do?

The point I'm trying to get across is don't back down if it doesn't work for you the first time.

You need to understand, to inspire yourself to achieve, to reach the height.

If a good article doesn't get enough comments, don't sweat it... Try Again!!

Well, that does it for the fourth edition of the Rules of Journalism, whether there is ever a fifth edition will depend on what kind of response this one receives.

I can tell myself again, for the fourth time in a row, "I put my heart into this."

That does it for now, from Bleacher Report's very own, Salaar Shamsi.

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