I spend decades catering to other people's tastes - parents, teachers, bosses. The way to make your parents happy is to do what they want. The hack to getting good grades is to figure out your teacher’s opinion and write essays that have that conclusion. To get raises and promotions, you need to “manage up” - you need to anticipate what your boss needs and do it.
I've been wrestling with this question recently. Do I write what others want to hear or what I want to write about? So far it seems if you ask five different people you'll get five different answers. I'm still curious what your answer to that question has been, maybe you answered it with this post. Maybe it's the wrong question.
And then there's the 😈 algorithm that tells us what things we should have opinions about, how we should dance or write to maximize reach.
One of the benefits of Substack and blogging is that you don't need permission to write as you want, and you can still get in front of people.
Great post, Chris. I guess one of the reasons I was hooked by writing a newsletter is the freedom to follow my own taste...
"Use the difficult" clip was great.