Blogging Insights — Distractions

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is unattributed, but given the quote, it’s a little ironic because I’m sure it’s something Tanya got on the internet. Here’s the quote:

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”

It’s no wonder this quote is unattributed. It’s an awful quote. I hate it when people quote percentages for qualitative factors that are impossible to measure quantitatively. Where did the 3% number come from? Are there only two attributes that make someone a good writer: talent and the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet? Must be, according to this quote, because 3% plus 97% adds up to 100%, leaving no room for any other attributes for making a good writer.

Im not a professional or even a “serious” writer. Im a retiree who enjoys writing, and blogging gives me that opportunity to exercise my mind, express myself in writing, and have fun. It also enables me to interact with people around the world. And what enables this? The internet!

I rely on the internet. It’s where I can find interesting, timely subject matter for my blog, as well as photos, music videos, quotes. It provides a wealth of information so I can research my topics that I post about. And is accessible through the internet.

I do agree that being a good writer (and a good blogger) does take talent, but it takes a lot of other attributes, including leveraging the internet as needed.

12 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Distractions

  1. Nope, Not Pam November 21, 2022 / 1:10 pm

    Agree totally, the internet also provides a lot of the prompt material

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  2. donmatthewspoetry November 21, 2022 / 9:09 pm

    You didn’t take this quote seriously did you Fan?……

    Oh, and you know if the kids are outside playing , the internet’s down…….

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    • Fandango November 21, 2022 / 10:35 pm

      I take everything I read on the internet seriously. 97% of everything you read on the internet is 100% true. The other 3% is 99% BS. That’s science, Don!


  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel November 22, 2022 / 8:20 pm

    Whoa ! That’s a lot of “quote bashing” 😂
    I really enjoyed it.

    I am so glad you saw the irony, that I got the quote off the Internet.

    Difference of opinion makes these discussions all the more interesting.

    I agree that the Internet is a wonderful resource for writers.
    It’s where our blogosphere exists.

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  4. Carol anne November 23, 2022 / 4:52 pm

    Have to agree with you Fandango!
    This quote is so stupid! And untrue!

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