Lately I’ve been thinking lately about the people on the other side of the computer screen. That would be you guys, the ones who (for whatever reason) read my blog. First of all, hello and thanks for stopping by. I hope you stick around.
But I want to confess something: When I open up WordPress or jot down notes on a scrap piece of paper (true story) 90% of the time my intent is to just get thoughts out of my brain. My first instinct is not writing for an audience to read, but instead writing for enjoyment and as a creative outlet. I like to think of my blog as an organized, digital journal where I can include pictures and talk about events and hobbies in my life. That’s why I include weekend recaps, Friday favorites and other “silly” posts. Blogging is my hobby, not my job (at least for the very foreseeable future). Only after that initial fulfillment do I start thinking about the audience. But I honestly try to avoid thinking about it because it’s kind of intimidating.
It’s intimidating because I know I can’t please everyone. But as a people-pleaser in real life, this is hard for me to accept so I just don’t think about it. Logical, right?
Whenever someone tells me what they read my blog I’m incredibly flattered. But instead of following up with a very sincere “thank you” I really want to ask “what do you like about it?” I want to know because I want to keep pleasing them. I want to accommodate all different people, ages and interests. Ummm, hello mission impossible. Side note: go see that movie. It rocks.
Maybe I should think more about what my audience wants. Maybe I should write more specified content. Then again, there are a lot of things I should do that I don’t, like clean my room for example. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I write what I know and what I enjoy reading. I don’t enjoy reading posts that feel forced (preachy words of wisdom or tips) so I don’t make myself churn out a certain type of content each week. If I happen to be thinking deep thoughts then I’ll write about them, not the other way around. If some people like those posts, great. If some people don’t, come back another day. Same thing goes for the weekend recaps, food posts, playlists, workouts, etc. If it’s not your thing, I’m sorry…but not sorry enough that I’ll stop writing them.
As of now I plan to continue blogging about a hodgepodge of things. I don’t want to conform to a niche because my interests are so broad. Plus, I like rambling and sharing. So maybe not thinking about the audience is good in this case? But part of me will always want to provide some benefit to my readers, whether it’s entertainment, help (?), or just an escape from office work. I think if I remain authentic in my writing it’s possible to write for myself AND my readers.
I hope you find my content to be worthwhile in some shape or form, but I understand if you don’t. As I’m learning in the “real world” it’s completely possible to still be a nice, friendly person without making everyone happy 24/7. It’s not easy for me to let go of the need to please, but it’s possible.