Lately, more than usual, folks are telling me other folks have told them they don’t like what I write.
I ask what it is they don’t like and they usually give an example of a post I wrote. If I have my iPad, we look up the post together and typically find the post refers to an article out of the Delaware County Daily Times. For some reason, the people who don’t like what I write would rather complain about me than to the Daily Times from which I get most of my material.
On average, there’s a few dozen to a few hundred people who read my stuff according to the blog stats. That’s tiny compared to the folks who follow my sources. The Daily Times probably have over 50,000 readers a day; Inquirer.com probably have well over 1 million readers a day; and the one CNN story I covered probably had 10s of millions of viewers.
I can’t figure what makes my posts, derived from mostly local newspaper sources and read by my tiny following, so bad.
Chester Matters Blog has less than 200 subscribers. Some of the other people who chase ambulances around Chester and write on Chester crime, rape, murder, and destruction like The Chester Incident Blog on Facebook with over 4,000 followers and YC News with over 3,500 Facebook followers do a great job of giving the people what they want.
As much as people say they want good news, the large number of followers to Chester Incident and YC proves otherwise. Folks love the grimy grisly stuff. Good news is nice, but is doesn’t get people reading and sharing like bad news does.
I simply try to help make the articles that others write in the various papers about Chester better understood. Although the combo of Daily Times and the Philly papers covers over a million readers, people still tell me they look forward to my version of their Chester articles.
I guess I create the remix readers prefer to the original…and others hate.
All I ever do is try to help my readers understand what the newspaper articles are saying. Traditional newspaper writing has a style that doesn’t always lend itself to easy comprehension. Professional journalists are stuck in their writing style patterns and objectivity which often diminishes the heart of the story.
I remove all the fluff, style, and confusion. My blog posts are usually no more than 300 words where I boil it down to a few key pull quotes, some opinion of the highlights, and a link for you to read the original piece for yourself.
I can only conclude people hate my stuff because I make reading easy to understand. If that’s a crime, I stand accused. But, if you catch me lying, you have every right to hate my writing.
In the 13-years I’ve been doing this stuff, I’ve stacked up some haters, but none have said I’ve lied. How can I lie unless it comes from a lying newspaper.