I attended a writer’s event recently, where I met a reader/writer. We talked, became friends and he was rubbishing about the rules of so much blog posts as part of the entry criteria for making into a particular blogging community.
I was thinking, why was he so upset.
Then I read one of his blog posts A Definitive pursuit and then understood the real reason behind his frustration.
But even then, I was not completely empathetic towards his situation until it happened to me.
He had a goal of 10 posts. I had 20, which I completed recently.
Then I applied for entry into the community. It took days after days to get a response from their admin team. I can forgive that.
But their reponse. Oh my God. I can’t forgive that.
This was the response.
Our moderation team has gone through your blog, and has found that about ten or eleven of your posts are only a line or two long. Though we do understand that they are poems, unfortunately, they can’t count as full posts! Please let us know as soon as you have a few more posts up, and we’ll look into the same once again.
We do hope you understand!
I mean what the fuck?
I had written quotes in my posts. Where would I write those? In my drafts? or in Twitter?
Shouldn’t they count as posts? What about the quality? They were all crafted by me. And I hate the fact that it doesn’t count.
Dear readers, whoever is reading this, please tell me why can’t a quote or poem can’t qualify as a post?
So does it mean quantity matters over quality for them?
So I have to write 20 longish posts rather than what I would love to write. Is that what they are saying?
Shorter or longer, I just want to write my heart out. If that’s a quote, it might solve the purpose too.
My writing depends on the mood that I am in and what I want to tell at that moment.
Who are they to tell me that I can’t write quotes as a post?
So as always, I am termed a misfit 🙂
But my quest will continue. My quest for writing. My quest for writing quality posts will continue, no matter how short or how long.
Does it mean I wouldn’t apply for it once again when I have 20 longish posts (according to them)
I would. Not for the recognition they give me.
But to meet the people out there.
The system might be bullshit. But the people can’t be. I am eager to meet interesting people in that space as well.
I have met wonderful people in wordpress, twitter, workshops. I would continue doing that in other mediums like the one mentioned in this post.
Till then, I will continue writing.
I do have a quote for them, which I have already written in this blog (And which doesn’t classify as a proper blog post 😛 )
Remember everyone who undervalued you. After you become great, you may want to thank them for the unintended inspiration!
Have you ever been through this? Please share your experiences and feel free to comment.