Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Stephen J Wright in Today’s Showcase
After initially participating in article writing to gain backlinks for a project, Expert Author Stephen J Write found himself enjoying article writing more and more.
Setting his sights on writing quality content to succeed and to take pride in his success, Stephen set himself apart from others who claimed substandard content was acceptable to build exposure and drive traffic. “I never have liked to do things by halves so I always put my best into each article I write,” he said. “I find it very important to provide easy-to-understand articles (not just to try and pull them towards my company’s own website) and to put the reader’s mind at ease.”
Admitting his initial articles were “a little stiff” compared to his current articles, Stephen stated “once I actually started letting myself enjoy writing articles (not seeing them so much as work) that’s when I truly started to appreciate it.” Writing organically, without the “bells and whistles,” Stephen recommends to avoid writing articles purely to target keywords. “It just doesn’t work,” he said. “Great quality writing is far more respected whether the audience is a human or a search engine spider.”
Motivated by the people around him in his niche, Stephen is inspired by seeing how they work and what they do. “When I see people who are doing something really well (no matter what it is) it’s inspirational to see,” he said. “It’s good to see people who have purpose in their lives and that they’ve found something they enjoy that they’re genuinely good at because so many people don’t and that is sheer inspiration to me.”
Obstacle #1: The Nature of Articles
I remember when I initially started on a number of article websites, I was more often than not rejected because I was being too personal or bringing in subjects that I shouldn’t have, even if it was just slightly. It didn’t take too long for me to get the hang of it.
Obstacle #2: Getting the Mix Right
I like to start an article lightly if I can, explain the issue or at least touch on it before going into the solutions, and then conclusions. Humor was always one that used to get me as I wanted to throw in a little to keep people interested, but not overdo it. I’m happy to say that I believe I get this right these days (mostly!).
Obstacle #3: Does My Content Matter?
A few years ago I wasn’t the most confident of people and wasn’t sure that the content I write would actually be read or even appreciated, but I’m glad to hear that people enjoy reading my articles … [It’s] all a matter of believing that you have some good information that’s valuable to people from a perspective of learning and, in my case, helping decisions to be made by breaking things down as simply as possible.
Imagining if he had to start over again (and what he recommends new Expert Authors), Stephen simply stated: “Enjoy it; if you like writing, it will come. Don’t be afraid that you aren’t adding a valuable contribution to the community and just write what comes.”
Find your passion in your niche and enjoy writing articles! Try Stephen’s methods to discover the nature of your articles in order to get the mix of your personality and informative content just right. And remember, when all else fails, your contributions do matter to your audience and your niche.
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