Do you prefer articles written by someone with experience on topic or just researched it?
If you are reading about something important to you, do you prefer the author actually have experience with the topic, or is researching and presenting you with facts they have read enough?
Well research on a topic is well and good, nothing beats actual experience with the topic at hand. Experience adds veracity to the topic written about. Readers will believe a person who has experienced and observed the subject firsthand more as there is TRUTH to the experience. Research is merely secondhand knowledge. Now research AND experience, that is metaphoric dressing on the turkey so to speak. It is best to have experience and then research to back up the experience !
Experience is best I think, I have found that most people want a personal story or something in the articles they read and without having experience it is difficult to have the personal touch. Though it isn't impossible to do so with research if you make it seem you were excited when you discovered some new thing in your research I suppose.
I agree with Tyler and Grace. Articles that are based on research alone can be informative (always remember to cite your sources), but I think those that come from experience are more credible. I know when I look for reviews on a product or service, I want to read about actual user experience. I know you're not referring to reviews; I simply wanted to make a comparison to drive my point.
Great question, Peeples. I like to read about people's experiences. Anyone with a computer or a library card can research and write about a dry subject, but in this day and time, their research can't always be trusted and in some cases, it amounts to plagiarism. Experience adds a fresh approach to many an overworked subject.
Peeples.....I am capable of doing my own intensive research and since I enjoy reading, ti's not an unpleasant task.
When I want to get deeply into an issue or topic of importance to me, give me a real live fascinating human being who has lived it, knows it intimately and can explain from a hands on point of view.
It's hard to think of much that isn't learned or taught much more easily than by experience......being in the thick of it.
I don't mean to belittle a well-researched article. They are definitely useful. I think if I wanted to know something right this moment, of course I'd be grateful that some research had been done FOR me.
Case in point....no clinical or statistical article with a huge bibliography could have led me to understand so thoroughly the personal thoughts of a "foster child".....like your article did. I rest my case.
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