Marian Schembari’s blog is one of my all time favorite reads. And I was browsing through some of her older posts when I found this one titled, Why Do You Blog? Marian writes about how she blogs to support her business and that she can’t advice those who only write just for themselves. She doesn’t understand blogging and not caring if anyone reads your blog, which is what most people mean when they say that they blog just for themselves.
In some ways, I’ve always put myself in that category – the bloggers who blog for themselves. Marian’s article and recent conversations here about niche had me thinking about exactly what that means to me.
What “Blogging for Myself” Means to Me
I’ve mentioned this before, but I started blogging because I wanted more original content for my website. How was I to know that would fall in love with it?
Blogging allows me to share my thoughts on my life and all the random things I love. So that means that one day I might write about why I decided to get braces, the next I’m writing about why I love WordPress, and then the next day I might write about the TV shows I love.
Even though I am writing about the things that I love, and occasionally my life, that doesn’t mean I don’t take my readers into consideration. I want them to find what I’m blogging about interesting, and entertaining, and maybe even helpful. I hope to find readers who are interested in the same things that I am, so that we can connect, and talk about the things that we have in common. Or even if they disagree with what I’m saying, I want to hear that too.
This blog is mine and all the bills are paid by me. I’m not a professional blogger, so there are no paid posts. No paid advertisements. If I link to Amazon or some other retailer, you can click the links all you want, I receive nothing from it. I promote things because I like them and think that you might like them too. There is nothing wrong with having ads on your site or blogging professionally, but that’s not the path I chose.
I blog so that I can improve my writing skills and find my voice. I blog so that I can think things through and find answers to my questions. Most importantly, I blog because I love to write!
And this is what blogging for myself means to me. 🙂 So, why do you blog? For yourself? A specific audience? If you’re blogging for yourself what does that mean to you? And how much do you take your readers into consideration when writing? Let me know in the comments.
This post originally ran on September 21, 2011. It has since been updated.