Questions I Ask Myself Before I Post
I’ve been posting on Cryptos Decrypted and other websites for a few months now and to date, it has been an exceptionally positive experience. The community is overwhelmingly welcoming and positive. What’s more, they are generally very engaged in crypto; happy to share and willing to learn. I’ve learned a lot from reading other people’s feedback and critique and see this as a long-term proposition. Going forward, it’s my intention to post twice a week with an occasional midweek article when time allows. With this in mind, I’ve decided to publish the questions I consider use when drafting a post. By no means do I believe these are ‘The Gold Standard,’ they are just my reference points when I set to work on an article and reflect the particular style of article that I’m comfortable with.
Is it useful?
First and foremost, I try to pick topics I feel will add value to the community. My focus is the ‘cryptoverse,’ so generally, that is where I look for inspiration. I try to select themes and ideas that might be better understood through discussion or presentation. For myself, this results in articles that examine basic crypto concepts or offer tips for investing or understanding market sentiment.
Does it need a post?
If the topic can be just as well addressed through a short forum post, then it probably doesn’t need an article. Posts for the seek of posts are a waste of both the content creator's energy and the readers time and focus.
Do I really understand the subject matter?
I don’t have a programming background, so I don’t try to analyze the technical side of crypto. I read the posts of those that do.
Am I being fair?
The old adage of ‘balance in all things’ is just as applicable to crypto as it is to any other area of life. Sectarianism in any endeavor strengthens our natural tendency to be biased towards the perspectives that appeal to us, so it's important to check your work for unbalanced, uncritical statements.
Is it engaging for the reader?
This of course is a question of style and open to interpretation. I strive to write as well as I can, accepting my limitations but pushing my boundaries that little bit too.
Am I prepared to be criticized and perhaps learn from it?
Once you put your opinions out there you are going to be critiqued. It’s intrinsic to the act of posting, so I try to accept that folks may pick holes in my arguments and indeed show me to be wrong. I feel this is an important part of building a strong knowledge-based community, so I try to prepare to accept inevitable and often warranted criticism.
That’s it, simple I know. I love to hear how you folks go about drafting your work, what guides you and how you identify and craft your target topics? As always, comments and critiques welcome.