Hey, I’m back! And I don’t care what you want to read!

I occasionally read other blogs. If you looked at my Bloglovin’ feed, you’d think I spent my entire day reading them. Nope – I actually probably read other blogs maybe a few times a week.

Even though I don’t read them much, one thing I often see is the blog writer asking readers what they want to see. What do you want me to write about? Do you want funny, fluff stuff? Do you want heartwarming, deeply convicted pieces? Do you want pictures of cats wearing stupid costumes?

Questions like that crack me up, and also made me realize something very important about my own blog experiences: I don’t give a shit what my readers want to see.

Here’s the thing. I write because I have things swirling around in my head, and because there is limited space in my head already I need to get those things out. So I spew them out onto the Internet. Well, I’m going to start spewing them out onto the Internet, anyway.

I stopped blogging several months ago. Part of the reason was because it started to feel more like a chore than a fun diversion. I was too concerned about page views and reader comments, obsessed with writing that one piece that would go viral and net me some online popularity. It was exhausting and took up way more of my time than I wanted. So I walked away from all of it.

Recently, I’ve felt the call to write again. Life has stabilized a bit, which may  have something to do with it. Or maybe pregnancy hormones are causing traffic jams of thoughts in my head and I want them out. Either way, if I write something, it will be for me, not you. If you enjoy it – cool! If you don’t – that’s cool too!

My new blogging mantra is this:

If you write it, they will come. Or maybe they won’t. Either way, it’s a win because I’m writing again.

6 comments

  1. An inspiring message! I started my blog for the same reason, though sometimes I feel like a sign of my success or my intelligence would be to indeed go viral. But I should not let my insecurity stop me from having fun!

    1. I totally (funny sidenote: I wrote “titally” instead of “totally” and almost left it because it made me giggle) let my insecurity get the best of me. It was like, why blog if no one is going to give me mad props? That’s when it stopped being fun. I’m going to do my best to temper those feelings this time around! :)

      1. hahaha (:
        But exactly! I keep feeling like, excuse me, I am putting so much work into this, and I am a fairly interesting gal, so why is it not working perfectly? But it is better when you are just doing it for yourself.

  2. Welcome back!

    And if sounds like you’ve returned with the right attitude.

    I figure I blog about life – I don’t live to blog. And my aim is enjoyment. So if it starts to feel like a chore, I stop doing doing it.

    Sure – sometimes I’ll post something I think is really good and the blogosphere ignores it and I’m a bit disappointed, but then I remind myself I’m doing this first for myself and – like you said – if someone else enjoys it too, all the better.

    All the best!

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