Chris Anderson writes about a key distinction that’s always missed when discussing the merits of amateurs vs professionals.
Amateurs self-select for the job. Professionals are selected.
This difference is important because when you have that freedom to choose, your liberated from the pressure of expectation, thus giving your work more truth and passion. It’s not that us amateurs don’t feel pressure of expectation, but we feel much less. We have less to loose.
To me that’s the difference between amateur and professional content: the first may not be polished, but it’s driven by the sort of intense interest that cannot be faked. The second may be better written, spelled more correctly and otherwise competently produced, but all too often it has the arms-length perspective of a drive-by.