Quantitative Writing IS Qualitative Writing
Public writing is what I do most of, so it must be what I do best (even though I have my doubts as my abilities as a writer, in general).
So how I would put it is: the majority of my writing it published publicly on the Web, therefore it must be better than the offline writing I do less often in handwritten journals and offline/digital diaries.
What makes GOOD writing GOOD, anyway?
For me it is the barrier to entry, overcoming writer's block, and then overcoming mental barriers, in general, to correspond what really needs to be said in the written form.
Barrier To Entry: Anyone can have a blog/run a blog/write ON a blog. And it is basically free on the Internet and has been since well before 2006 when I started out. So, no special skills needed. Just a willingness to write.
Overcoming Writer's Block: Just do “Intentional Writing” – fire up the text editor, put your fingers on the keyboard, and just write anything/everything that comes to mind. Something worth keeping will manifest itself, and you can keep/publish that and delete the rest, if you want to.
Overcoming Mental Barriers: This is the best one, in my opinion. To be able to truly correspond, with shifting tones of voice (writer's voice) what it is you (or I) want to say and make them clear and relevant. I probably have a more monotone or “dry” tonality to some of my blog posts because they are just sort of day-by-day “filler” in terms of what I am wanting to say. Some things are more relevant, I am more enthusiastic about, are more interesting, so they come across as so in the writing. But I never want to “settle” for just writing something in an interesting fashion, but rather write something transformative in HOW it is written. A hard thing to describe. Nevertheless, ALL barriers would have to come down in order to achieve this. And as soon as a barrier is down, it regrows and has to be KEPT down through practice, trial, and error.
So, nothing is perfect. Just slog away and hammer out words until great things come about – but – great things DO come about every so often. So it is always worth it. :)