Writing For Yourself vs. Writing For Your Readers

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Three years ago I started a blog and less than six months after I started that blog, I erased it. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I didn't feel like I was creative enough to come up with the content that would grab the attention of readers and make them want to keep coming back. Fast forward to a year ago when I decided to give it another try. However, this time would be different because this time I would write for myself. 

This is not to say that I wouldn't create content that I hoped people would find useful or interesting. When I sit down to write a blog post I usually start by thinking about things that are on my own mind. What's been happening in my life lately, and would any of it be important enough to share with others? With a few words on a computer screen would I make a difference in anyone's day? Maybe or  maybe not. I've adventured into this new stage of my blogging life with the attitude that as long as I'm creating content that is relevant to me, then that's what matters. This isn't as easy as it sounds, especially as someone who cares more than I should about what other people think of me. 

It's so easy, and dangerous, to compare yourself and your blog to others.  But what you have to say is important. And whether you write for others or for yourself, all that matters is that you get your words out there. You have something to say whether you always feel like it or not. Content is about writing things that matter to you. Remind yourself that your content is not better or worse than anyone else, it's just uniquely you. 

Anything you do with passion whether for others or for yourself is something done right. Who do you write for? 

4 comments

  1. I 100% agree with and love this post. I do my best to write for myself, trying to conform is hard and can become frustrating.

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  2. I think some people start blogging and see big bloggers out there that do it for a living and think oh I can do this and start to tailor their content thinking they are going to get huge. Sure some might succeed but chances are they wont.

    I am like you, I blog for me. I will write about whatever is relevant in my life and I hope that my followers enjoy it but if they don't, that is ok too. I never want my blog to become a chore because then it loses it's purpose. You just do you ;)

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  3. Hi Abbey,

    I found you on Bloglovin' and OMG I really connected with this post. I too had a blog a while ago where I constantly felt like I wasn't measuring up to other bloggers. I would stress about creating content and it made me completely lose sight on why I was blogging to begin with, and I deleted it. I was recently diagnosed bipolar with severe depression and I wanted to start blogging to connect with other women who might be struggling. This time, I am truly blogging for me and if I can help one person through a dark time then my blog is a success. Keep blogging for you! I am happy to follow along! :)

    Brittany Michelle
    www.tinyforestblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Sometimes it can feel like you're the only one feeling a certain way but really there's tons of other people who can relate! So glad that you connected with this post as well, and I'm glad you're in a better place than you might have been before :) Thanks for following along!

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