I recently read a blog post where the author questioned who she should be writing for. Was it her readers? Or herself? She didn’t want to write things that her readers would find boring, so she found herself holding back a bit from things that she really did want to write about.
Other bloggers encouraged her to write for herself. It’s her blog after all, and if she doesn’t write what she wants to write about it becomes impassionate and not honest.
My readership is very small, and that’s okay, I’m still new. But because of that I’ve sometimes wondered if what I’m writing isn’t interesting. Sometimes I’ve tried to write what I think other people want to hear about, and those have been the hardest posts to write. My last post was hard to write, because honestly I didn’t really want to write about that. (I’ve since realised that it was good to reflect again on those things and blogging about it was a good way of making me do that.)
I’ve already stated why I started this blog and why I’m writing (you can read about it here). So that pretty much answers my question. Who I’m writing for is both myself and my readers, specifically friends and family back home.
But I want to be honest about my thoughts and experiences, and I wonder if I’m more likely to do that if I write for myself.
I guess I just needed reminding about why I’m here.
This post is for me.