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When you will say that this article is 'worth reading"?
what are the contents that need to be included to say that the article is great.
It has to be something that interests me, and is well-written. Simple.
When I say that I liked an article it is usually because I could relate to it and it entertained me. I also like informative articles as long as I obtained useful facts that could be useful later.
There are no hard and fast rules as to what should be included beyond that it is relevant to the subject. Don't confuse facts with opinion - if something is your opinion make that clear.
More important to my mind are basic grammar and spelling. Watch out for the basic homophones, don't confuse your with you're, or as spotted earlier today "hear are three ways . . ."
The most important thing is to read the works of others and form your own opinions of what is good and what isn't.
I think the articles worth reading are ones where the author has a degree of authority on their subject through experience. I can always tell when someone did basic google research for an article or hub vs using first hand knowledge combined with research.
I think a "great" article has some personal experience blended in - not so much that it becomes a blog post or opinion piece, but just enough to make the article relatable.
Also, I like articles that are broken down and organized well for quick and easy reference later on. If there was a great tutorial or article on something I wanted to try for myself, it's much easier to go to a hub or article that is broken down with subheadings and clear, concise directions over one that is just a long paragraph. I am always surprised by hubs that go on and on and on without a break in the text - no one wants to read through that.
The topic and related content must be interesting to me. The title will "jump out" at me and grab me by the collar, reeling me into the first couple of paragraphs. If they live up to the title, I'll likely keep reading.
The information in non-fiction must be verifiable and accurate, especially if it's a "how to" piece. However, no matter how interesting the topic or relevant the content, if the body of the article is structured poorly and littered with grammatical and spelling errors, the poor writing will distract me from the content.
I can make allowances when the author writing in English is obviously someone for whom English is a second language (and isn't yet mastered), as long as syntax isn't slaughtered. However, if a writer whose native language is English can't use it well enough to make an article readable as well as informative...sorry, you will lose this reader!
It has to be a subject that interests me in general and/or that I'm looking for at any given time; and it has to be well written. If I'm looking for "how to make brownies" I only want info on how to make brownies. If I'm looking for "reading-in-general" (and regardless of the kind of subject or style of piece) I'm looking for some kind of substance behind the material (whether the material is information, humor, fluff, or "whatever").
For the most part, I don't see even the most well written, informative, articles as "great". The best I think articles can be is "good" or "solid". For me, an excellent opinion piece or "ideas" piece could potentially be "great", but even the best of those are something I'd most often only call "good" or "excellent" at best.
I don't happen to read most stories or any fiction; but when all is said and done, I really only see "great" as a word that could potentially be applied to story telling - whether fiction or non-fiction. Even so, however, I think "good", "solid", and/or "excellent" are enough to make most non-fiction/non-creative pieces of writing "worth reading". Also, my thinking is that if a subject can be presented/is being presented on authority sites somewhere else, what I'm looking for on a site like this one is something more, or something different from, what is being presented well on those authority/expert sites (because if I can read the same thing there as I can read here, I'm going with "there"). I'd rather read something that questions/further examines "conventional wisdom" (even expert wisdom) than something that echos the same old stuff that's presented somewhere else (and with more expertise in the subject).
Then again, I'm not as picky as I may make myself seem. Basically, I like to read most ideas/opinions presented by anyone who expresses them well and has a solid understanding of his subject. That's the thing: A lot of people believe that "Internet readers" ONLY want information. There's no doubt people who search most often want information; but I, personally, am pretty much "all informationed out" at this stage in my life and with having the Internet available for as long as we now have. I like to read original ideas and thinking (but they have to be well informed ideas and thinking - not just stuff people willy-nilly offer "out-of-the-clear-blue-sky" opinions on regardless of their own lack of familiarity with/solid exposure to the subject.
I consider something worth reading when it grabs my interest.
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by Burgeon6 years ago
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by Christopher Floyd7 years ago
I'm here to read and share fiction. I'm looking for the same sort of people, especially if they are interested in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Thanks.-Chris
by Dr Mark2 months ago
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by ramkkasturi8 years ago
What process do you use to decide whether to read an article or not?Search engines are ok but beyond that do you just see the title or go beyond? After reading what makes you want to write a comment?
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