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How do you know you've written a "good" article?

kallmanation profile image Nathan Kallman ・1 min read

How do you know? Do you have a reviewer or editor? Do you measure by reactions or view counts? comments? Or maybe you "just know"...

I feel like the articles I cared least about writing have been my best performers (by orders of magnitude, in viewership, comments, and reactions); meanwhile some that I was truly interested in and excited about writing recently have had basically zero interaction.

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Bhupesh Varshney 👾

I feel the same with you totally!!
Blogs in which I have put more effort, rarely get appreciated whereas the ones which just came from my intuition performed remarkably well.

I think this explains itself, forcing article content out of your head just for the sake of writing would probably lack the personal touch.

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Bhupesh Varshney 👾

Regarding the point where I think if I have written "good enough" article boils to basically how many people related with the problem i wrote about.
And as long as you feel good about it. I don't think you need to worry about the quality (not accounting grammar and writing style)

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Nathan Kallman Author

not accounting grammar and writing style

Do you have a way you check your grammar and writing style for free articles like on DEV?

Any tips on improving in those areas?

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Bhupesh Varshney 👾

A while back @andrew created a nice tool to analyze articles on DEV.


Also, install the Grammarly web extension. the free version in itself gives useful insights as well!
I hope this helps
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Nathan Kallman Author

That looks like a fantastic tool! Thanks for sharing!

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Jesse Phillips

When I keep referring back to it in response to others.

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Maxime Guilbert

Honestly, I don't know and I think I don't write good articles.
I just do my best, thinking if my future-me will understand what I wrote.