Quality

A group I’m involved with was embroiled in a debate. One side contended that passion was the most important factor in a blog post – do you care enough? Do you bleed onto the page? The other side maintained that passion without quality is just… drivel.

Forget blogs for a second – let’s consider work. Can you get away with delivering a sub-par, error-filled deliverable at work if you offer that it was done with passion? Work is not the same as blogging? Really? Why – are blogs your fun/amateur activity? If you think so, read John August’s piece on professionalism. And remember in this Google world, everything lives forever. And your name is on it.

What do I think? Quality is absolute. Evaluated on an absolute basis and absolutely required. In this instance, a Hugh MacLeod cartoon says it best…

Quality

  • IMHO, this is a bit of a false dichotomy–quality and passion aren't competing values. But citing passion as an excuse for poor quality–that's a big NO for me. So I guess I'm agreeing with you 🙂

    I need to figure out your new comment-posting-thingy.

  • I guess that applies to all platforms..best blogs are those that reflect the authors thoughts and interest!…nice space you have here..

  • Yes, a false dichotomy. But such was the debate – which should say something about it.

    The comment thingy should be straight-forward. Let me know if there are issues.

  • Srivalli, thank you and thanks for visiting. Just checked out your blog – wow, you're quite the cook. If I ever need recipes, I know where to go 🙂

  • RationalHuman

    Passion (like sound) without quality and coherence is noise and is about as attractive 🙂

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  • This is an interesting debate. But, I don't have a clear cut idea what or how I feel about it.

    I sometimes post my scribblings on my blog as poems & get encouraging comments mostly from friends or people who know me. I'd have never attempted poetry after the initial burst in late teen, if not for blogs. Nowadays, I'm always thinking about what to post next & also trying improve the quality of my output by reading better poets.

    It is a question of whether you have it in you, like it is in any other field. Otherwise, above average bloggers wouldn't be getting offers to write books or to join mainstream media as columnists or full-time journalists.

  • Fair point – when you are learning, of course you can't be exceptional all the time.

    However, I think it is very important to realize you are learning and to evaluate your work critically instead of deluding yourself that it is “fine”. I don't mean this evaluation has to be public – it can be completely internal (for example, even though I put my first film online, I am very aware of the many, many areas for improvement). That's the only way to keep learning and to improve.

    Just FYI, as background, my post was written with a very specific example in mind.

  • I think if something is done with passion, it shines through. At least the effort will, if not anything else! The problem occurs when it doesn't even come out. And by coming out, I mean it should come out to a person, who is detatched with your feelings/work. You 'say' you are passionate, but your 'work' doesn't. So, didn't that passion go down the drain? What good is that passion which doesn't translate to quality?

    P.S: I think it is high time we stop abusing the word.

  • I think if something is done with passion, it shines through. At least the effort will, if not anything else! The problem occurs when it doesn't even come out. And by coming out, I mean it should come out to a person, who is detatched with your feelings/work. You 'say' you are passionate, but your 'work' doesn't. So, didn't that passion go down the drain? What good is that passion which doesn't translate to quality?

    P.S: I think it is high time we stop abusing the word.