You what's really weird...
Whenever I get the urge to spontaneously write an article that I hadn't planned to write, and then I give in to that urge and publish something right away, people always give me feedback that suggests I wrote it for them personally. I.e. "it speaks to me." This happens every time I do that.
But when I write an article that was on my "to blog" list or that I outlined in advance or that I picked at and then edited over a period of days, I almost never get that kind of feedback.
Also, the experience of writing spontaneous articles is very different. I usually feel much more in the flow. I often write much longer, but it seems a lot quicker and easier.
As I'm sure most writers could attest, cranking out a 6,000-word article from initial idea to final editing in 5 hours is very fast. That's like writing a book chapter in an afternoon. When I do a planned piece, an article of that length could easily take 2-3 times as long, and I'd still consider that reasonably fast. For example, "How to Make Money From Your Blog
" (7300 words) took me two solid days (about 15 hours) to write and edit, and that seemed quite reasonable to me at the time.