Hm, the three of you have provided terrific answers for writing articles that would need more supportive backing from evidence. Naturally, if we are to write for a topic that falls in the realm of science, work ethic, or some type of study, extensive research would certainly be needed - perhaps even some examples to make hone in on our points more effectively. I also liked that a couple of you touched on fictional writing requiring less research, and yet, in a way, it needs just as much thought put into it as writing an informative article.
So, allow me to rephrase my question.
How much thought would be appropriate when writing an article drawing more on philosophical belief and observed ideals in a person? Essentially, what I have in mind with this question is about the length of time writer should be spending trying to flesh out their own beliefs for sharing. Are these things that a writer should be able to do at the drop of a hat, or do many of you also find yourselves taking the time needed to really describe your ideas at length, all in order to touch on the depth and scope of your own philosophical ideas?