Thursday, September 20, 2012

Who do you REALLY blog for?

 

I am so in love with this quote. It really hit home when I saw this.
Often I find myself realizing that blogging and writing are very different things.
I read a lot of amazing blogs but, sometimes I wish writing about deeper things would appeal to a larger audience. I’ve learned that with twitter. Anytime I’m completely honest about my thoughts or anytime I express my feelings I lose followers. A lot of followers. It honestly doesn’t really bother me. It’s not a disappointment to ME.. but, at the same time I wish I just had more people that could relate to me. More people willing to read and write about things with more depth.
I used to write, a lot. I have notebooks on notebooks.. stashed away in one of my bottom drawers. I used to write 5 pages in one sitting if I was upset. Most of my writings are from when I was 14-17. I read some of my writings and I just cry. I’m amazed at the things I was willing to write about. I’m so inspired by my own writing. But, at the same time I’m completely lost. Where can I put this writing? Do I continue to just keep notebooks that I’ll stash away?
I realize I just recently wrote a post about why I blog. I don’t mean to repeat myself, if it seems like it.
I think it’s so easy to say, “I blog for me”… but, do you really?
Do you blog anything you want or do you make sure it’ll appeal to a larger audience?
Sometimes I get e-mails or comments from people who tell me that they read every post of mine. They don’t always comment.. but, the fact that people actually care to read my post amazes me. I have around 340 followers.. I know they don’t read every word I type. But, the fact that some of you actually care to read whatever it is that I type..
It amazes me. I want more blogging friends like that.
I’ve had blog friends who constantly contacted me all the time and now that they have more than 300 followers they won’t even respond to a comment I post. Honestly, get real. If I had 2,000 followers and someone with 56 followers told me they read my blog every day and really enjoy my blog.. I’d much rather be “bloggy best friends” with them opposed to someone who is a “big shot blogger”..
Let’s be honest. You’re going to gain more followers by latching onto a big shot blogger.. if they like you.. everyone will. I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t do that if you’re trying to become a big shot blogger.
We all love having a good number of followers.. again, I’m just being honest.
However, I wish I had some more super fabulous blog friends who shared a passion of writing with me.
Sometimes this whole blogging thing feels like Myspace. Remember people who were “myspace famous” ?
I don’t mean to trash blogging, at all.
I love it. Maybe for totally different reasons than others. To each their own.

 

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7 comments:

  1. I think these same things a lot! I've only got a little over 30 followers (which is a HUGE deal to me...) and I only care because it's awesome to me that someone in the world cares what I have to say. Being a writer is all I ever wanted and blogging is a great way to "free-lance". You'll never lose me as a follower for being real or writing what's on your mind. That is all I use my blog for; To express who I am and what I feel. That's what it should be! Keep up the good work!

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  2. I know what you mean. When I write serious posts people don't read/comment and it irritates me. I blog for me. I blog so people can read my writing and like I said, it irritates me when I have something I feel is important and people don't read it. lol. And I'm with Katie. Your blog is one of my absolute favorites! So as long as your writing, I'm reading.
    Happy weekend girl.

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  3. Hey siser, I get what you're saying. It's funny though, I have actually felt that the posts I'm most proud of are the ones I wrote from the heart and the comments mean the most to me. Honestly, every time I get a new follower I am shocked that someone actually wants to read what I have to say.

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  4. I try not to hold back. I really try to write about a current situation or something I'm going through. Majority of the time - I find it easier to do a 'quick' link up and go about my day. I think I'd rather follow a 'true' blogger who writes about real emotions & feelings then just a linkup - giveaway blog. It's hard to maintain such a large auidence. I started with writing how I felt & wrote from the heart. Most is just in the heat of the moment. I have a blog & a journal. I can write for hours too.. I have like 4 completed journals that I thumb through from time to time. I hope you keep your blog honest & open. I love that about your blog. I don't always find the time to flip through other blogs (which is bad) but I'm trying. I'd rather keep a small number then a huge reading base.. honestly. I don't know what inspires us to grab a blog & keep reading it all the time.. but I'm so thankful that it happens. <3, Amy

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  5. I love reading your posts and posts with some depth actually appeal to me when reading blogs. I would love to be able to write like that, but I feel like I am a horrible writer and can't do certain topics justice in the blogging department. To hell with big-shot bloggers - I too would much rather have a small amount of followers who I personally connect with and have things in common with.

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  6. i agree. being popular would be nice. but then again, that's not really the goal. my blog is sometimes a sounding board. and sometimes a virtual scrapbook - for me, and my family, and my kids one day. i'm over the idea of chasing a following. i just wanna be me. sometimes i wish i had started anonymously so i could REALLY vent and be honest about what's going on in the HERE AND NOW, but not have to worry that people who know me would come up and start asking me about it after they read my post. :/

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  7. I'm a new blogger, seriously, like 4 days new! I REALLY appreciated this post. I was so worried about what I should blog about so that I could attract followers but that's not what I want. I don't want to worry about what everyone else will want to hear. I just want to be me and share my experiences, even if I have NO followers. :) Thanks again. You're great!

    NicholeRae @ http://lipstickandtoolbelts.blogspot.com/

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