Last month I started looking over and evaluating everything involved with my writing, from rough drafts to Twitter. Part of that meant examining my blog and answering the question, “How do I feel about my blogging at the moment?” I answered it by going through my schedule and saying the good and the bad. Then, I wrote what the whole thing left me feeling. “I’m not sure who I am writing them for.” (Them being my blog posts.)
See, I’ve been blogging for years. I’ve been trying to refine my blogging just as long. And with time and changes, I lost sight of who this blog was meant for. And then came the most startling realization. It wasn’t just for who, but also “Why do I blog?” Seriously, I have been blogging and refining without purpose! It was like one of those slapped-on-the-side-of-the-head-with-a-fish moments.
Since I didn’t like the feeling these realizations gave me, I went straight to work trying to answer these out-of-nowhere questions. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t know what I want for dinner, I start listing what I don’t want. The don’t wants sometimes make the wants clearer. And since I didn’t have ready answer for “Why do I blog?” and “Who do I blog for?” I asked, “What am I not trying to do with my blog?” I’m not trying to be a writing guru. I don’t want to be an authority on writing and related practices. Quite frankly, that’s just not a position I feel comfortable in.
However, I did find my blog posts seemed geared to writers over readers. And that was my first clue! My second clue to the answer was my involvement with ROW80 and WIPpet Wednesdays. Why did I do them? The answer was, other writers. This led to a moment where deluded myself into thinking I was writing my blog for other writers. Still, I felt that answer was wrong and kept searching inside myself for the true answer.
My final answer came out to be rather “self-centered.” Who do I write for? I write my blog for me. Why do I blog? I blog to drive away the loneliness of writing and share my journey in hopes of connecting with other writers. My blog isn’t a platform, so much as a lifeline for me.
I’m still trying to figure out what this means for my blog and blogging.
Can you relate?