This really isn’t an argument. If you’re out to make money, sure, produce two or three articles a day. Yes, you’ll cover the spectrum. Yes. you’ll get more readership than I probably will. Tell me this, though: How many of your readers come back every time you post something? If I think of the most successful bands out there—let’s say The Grateful Dead— they’ve had essentially the same loyal following for years. It expands, often with the children of Deadheads, but people tell me, when they go to a Dead concert anywhere, they see people they know. Why am I telling you this? Because nobody seems to mention loyal following or devoted readers. I follow the same writers, knowing their stuff is well thought out and well written. Maybe that’s not the appeal of the 20-second attention span, but it is to me. Give me someone like Thunderpuff. You might only get one article a week out of her, but they’re gems, and she does her own illustrations (cartoons of herself, mostly). To each his/her own, I guess. I’ll stick with what pleases me most—oh, and it sure isn’t The Washington Post.

Written by

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store