Have come to realize the importance of what we do here and just wanted to share some thoughts.
I think it's very easy to get wrapped up in issues such as page views, SRO and the like,and to forget that each view represents a real human being whom we can greatly influence (for better or for worse) with what we write.
Therefore, I think we all should be careful when putting pen to paper here.
Writing for public consumption is a heavy responsibility, and we should not take it for granted.
I have done this in the past, and I regret it. It won't happen again. We hold great power in our hands, and we should not abuse it. People are very gullible. When they see something online or in a book, many take it at face value. This is why we need to take great care with what we write, and it is also why I feel the HP team has done well to bring about positive changes and stricter guidelines for us.
It's true. Words can be very powerful. I think that's what's pulled me through the lean times here. I know that my words do reach people, and that is very satisfying to me. I take that responsibility seriously.
Excellent post! I think it also increases work satisfaction. This should definitely be a profession where you should enjoy what you do and that is best accomplished by helping the people you are writing to. I do believe in marketing, but marketing is just the vehicle to get people to your message. What gets people to love and continue to follow you is how much you have helped them and how much you impact their lives for the better.
Great points, TIMETRAVELER2. I agree, we have to be careful and conscientious as we touch people's lives with our offerings. Even if we are not all experts, the reader might believe we are simply because we are publishing our knowledge on a topic. As a counselor, I use my articles to supplement the therapy I provide to clients. It has worked out very well. I also share them on social media when certain issues or critical topics are trending.