As writers – do we read things differently than most people? Or is it the other way around – as readers we write differently?
Today I read an article of my friend momofplenty. She wanted to know if we – the Triond writers community, will let someone know if he is writing junk. My answer is – of course! When I ran into an article of pure junk I do two things:
There are several occasions where I ran into articles with great potential, yet many mistakes. In this case I will only PM the writer about those mistakes, since I know he tried. And since I am not such a great writer myself (let’s be honest here) I am the last one to be able to judge.
On the other hand, if the mistakes are SEO mistakes, I will usually write them in a comment, since it is not embarrassing to do such mistakes and I would like to hope that others that read this comment will learn from it as well.
However, what bothers me most in momofplenty’s article was her claim that no one even informed her about mistakes she made. That made me wonder – why? If I noticed those mistakes why did I not tell her about them? The answer is – I did not notice!
I consider myself as a very critical reader. When I read my own work, I always have comments and things I am not happy with. The same goes when I read documentations and project papers at work, or helping someone writing a project / work for school / university. I can drive people to insanity with how critical I am. However, when I read things for fun or knowledge, like books or Triond articles – I am not looking at them the same. I just read, and enjoy the reading.
Therefore, I guess that I am both a writer and a reader. When it is a paper I write or a very important paper that I must give my opinion on – I am first a writer – I look at each small detail and try to make sure I catch every mistake. However, when the future of the paper is not in my hand, and I do not have to help people with its quality, I allow myself to just read and enjoy the content. And if the content is interesting enough and the mistakes are not too bad, I probably will not notice them.
About the second direction: I honestly believe that people who read a lot tend to write better and more interesting articles than people that do not read. As evidence I will state that most of the writers I admire (book writers, journalists, and even Online writers) keep mentioning how they enjoy reading.