As a prolific reader of blogs, it’s a sentence I see regularly – “I blog for me”. I understand the sentiment behind the statement – writing a blog is a cathartic, enjoyable experience – but can it really be an individual experience when you rely on the interaction of others to make it work? A quick outfit before we dive in…
Vintage skirt, Gap tee, Steve Madden leather jacket, Primark pumps, Zara bag, ASOS necklace and belt (this is my What Katie Wore pose)
Writing a blog can be very personal. When you’re sitting in front of a screen, bashing out your innermost thoughts and feelings (or even just uploading snapshots of your life), it’s easy to forget that when you click ‘publish’, anyone with an internet connection can share those moments. A blog isn’t like the padlocked diary you hid from your brother aged 14. It’s open to everyone.
You can change the settings on your blog so it is private or accessible by invitation only, but for most, interaction from readers is a big part of blogging. Comment counts, visitor stats and bounce rates are markers of success, but they also reassure us that people are reading our rambles (even if they are a bit wild and untamed). So why completely disregard your readers with those four little words – “I blog for me”?
Writing those words in a post is like telling the people reading it you don’t care about them. You’re doing this for you, and only you. Readers? Who needs ’em. This is a me, myself and I project. Which is absolutely fine, if that’s how you feel. But I think almost every blogger is happy to get a comment on their post. Most of us check our stats, even if it’s just every once in a while. We watch our follower counts like hawks. Our readers are important to us, even if we don’t want to admit it.
I blog for me. But I also blog for you. I write about things I like, but I want you to like them too. And if you don’t, I’ll think twice about featuring them next time.
What do you think? Do you agree that a publicly-available blog should be written with at least some consideration for its readers? Or are blogs completely personal to the writer? Where does your blog fit in? Share your thoughts in the comments below.