I was looking in my reader just now, and a blog post appeared from blogger Ben Huberman (the blog post). The post was about what blogger Val Boyko making us rethink our blogging ways: who we write for and why we write for that specific person.
After reading her blog post about this topic, it provoked different thoughts and feelings inside my head: Who am I writing for? Am I only writing to get validation from someone? Do I only care about the statistics from my blog? etc etc.
I started this blog originally to have a place where I could be me without anyone judging hence why I chose to be anonymous. I also started this blog to have somewhere where I could put my thoughts onto a page and see how people react to it. Like I mention in my very first post, sonokomorebi is my third try at being a ‘blogger’. I believe that the main reason why the first two blogs did not succeed is due to the fact I was relying mainly on statistics and trying to post what I thought people would be interested in seeing rather than what I personally wanted to talk about, meaning that the posts never had that connection between the writer and the actual post. This proves that I was one of the people Val Boyko was referencing in her post, but I thoroughly believe that I have changed since I now only post when I can or want to and what I want to post.
Who do I write for? Well, to be blunt, I write for me. My own comfort. This may sound selfish to some, but making others happy starts from making yourself happy, and therefore I want to concentrate on making me happy and trying to spread my happiness through this. If I didn’t have any views or likes or comments on my posts then I wouldn’t really mind. If you asked me if it would have bothered me during the time of my other blogs, then I would have most probably said yes since I was very focused on the outcomes of my blog posts. If what I write now attracts people, then yes I would be very pleased, but that isn’t the driving force of why I write.
Thank you for reading, I’d love to hear your reasons why you write!