An interesting analogy, but how so you ask? Consider this for a moment. When you hold the seed of a plant in your hand – you hold potential. We can't tell by simply looking at the husk of the seed whether it will produce for us or not. Only after we've planted it and nurtured it will we know if it'll grow.

Some seeds are strong and hearty. They will grow in harsh soil with many obstacles and still thrive based on their own merit. Others will encounter obstacles and stumbling blocks and perish. Their roots never reaching fertile soil nor their leaves the life giving sun.

Other seeds will grow and produce strong plants and nothing more. They are full and solid but blend in with the landscape making them hard to see or find. They don't differentiate themselves well and thus never catch the eye of passerby's.

Finally some plants will grow in different colors and produce vibrant flowers catching the eye of those passing by and tantalize those who stop to look with sweet fragrances. People linger and wonder at their beauty and pick their flowers to take with them as a reminder of their experience.

When you write an article, it can be hard to tell if or how well it will produce for you. We can make educated guesses based on the keyword search demand and competing pages (are we planting our seed in fertile soil?) but even then it's hard to say.

Some articles will thrive on their own merit. Perhaps the topic is hot or the article is simply truly informative and well written. Either way it will produce and flourish with little or no added input from the writer. Of its own accord, it will catch the eyes of passerby's and tantalize them with its content.

Other articles will encounter difficulties. Perhaps there are too few searches or too much competition (unfertile soil). Maybe the content or grammar was lacking (growth obstacles). Even with these issues an article can still produce if nurtured correctly. Optimizing it for keywords and building back-links. Correcting your grammar and mistakes (pruning the unhealthy parts of your plant). These can all elevate an article from mediocrity to success (cause an unhealthy plant to bloom when it might not have otherwise).

We all tend to get excited when we plant a seed yes? Curious how quickly it will sprout and grow and what beautiful form it will take. Yet we know when we plant a seed, it will take time to germinate. We know that when we plant a seed we won't see results overnight.

So it is the same with your articles. We all get excited when we publish our articles. We check to see how it looks and we watch the view meter to see if anyone else has seen it. Yet for many, we expect almost immediate results and feedback.

If we don't have X number of views within a week or we haven't made Y amount of money off that article by the end of two we assume the worst! Yet, this is all too common. Like plants, articles take time to grow and mature – for their full beauty and potential to be realized. How long will it take? How fast will it grow? These are all questions new writers ask and like the plant analogy above – it depends.

How fertile was the soil you planted it in? Did you plant it and just leave it to its own merits (write it and forget it) or did you nurture it and foster its growth (keyword optimize it and back link it)? These will all have great bearing on how well your articles produce just as it has great bearing on whether a plant will survive or not.

So, before you select the topic of your next article and begin writing stop and ask yourself – am I planting this seed in fertile soil? Am I prepared to nurture it in a way that will foster its growth? If you don't know or you're not sure you're not laying a good foundation from which to build your articles in a way that will make you money.

If your intent is just to write and share yourself and your thoughts with the world – then scatter your seeds to the four winds and enjoy the pleasant surprise at what takes root!

If you're wondering what motivates me as a writer, you might also like to read about how writing for Info Barrel is a joy and not a job for me.