ON BLOGGING FOR YOURSELF

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When I think about why I started my blog, it was purely to have an outlet for myself. A place to write my thoughts so they weren’t scrambling around my head, and a platform where I could share what inspires me, in the hopes that someone might relate too.

But now when I think about writing a post, in the back of my mind is the thought that I want to write what people want to read. What if they are not interested and can’t relate? What if they don’t fancy clicking on that one today?

I’ve started to realise that this doesn’t matter. I started it for myself, and that’s how it should continue. You shouldn’t write for the sole purpose of others. The content that you produce where you stay true to yourself, is the one which you feel the most proud of once its published, and it’s usually the one that your readers like the most too. I think authenticty really does stand out and keeps people coming back.

Thankfully I don’t feel like I have veered too much of this road, but if I hadn’t of come to this conclusion sooner it may of been different. I’m thinking it of being a little nudge to keep me on the right track.

So now when I’m braining post ideas, I’m going to focus on whats happening in my life currently, or what I think I should write, instead of wondering what might get the most views.

There won’t be a difference to what I put out there as I don’t publish any posts I’m not happy with, but maybe I won’t be feeling as stuck for post ideas as I have been the last few weeks!

Why did you start a blog? Do you blog for yourself?

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  • Everyone needs to read this post. It is something I need to remember myself, too. Thank you, Natalie. <3

    Madison from http://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much Madison! 🙂 xxx

  • Joanne

    Ahhh I so needed this! Having feedback from other people always lifts me up and makes me want to continue blogging but constantly thinking about what they think does tend to make me second-guess my own writing.
    Authenticity does stand out! This reminder came at a perfect time. Thank you so much for writing! Have a lovely week x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much, I’m so so glad you connected with it! Do it for yourself! 🙂

  • Lovely thoughts! So wise and true. It is definitely about doing it for yourself. You’re doing a wonderful job at staying true to you. It’s so easy to feel self doubting and question if we should be writing for the readers, but blogging is yours and people love to share in your world, for who you are and how you see life! In a way, it’s like making friends, but through writing!

    A good message in your words!

    Best wishes,

    Keep Calm and start writing ~
    http://www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      That’s so true Milly, I want to stay as true to myself as possible! xx

  • Yes, I started blogging for myself as a way of documenting my life and to remember little details or how I felt at that point in time. Documentation has always been such a key part of my life, starting from journals to Livejournal and now to my blog.

    Your post is so so relevant and important.It is so easy to fall into the trap of external validation and losing sight of your original purpose.

    Nat ◇ dignifiable

    • NatalieLeanne

      It definitely is so easy. I blog like a journal too and I love it that way. It feels so therapeutic! x

  • I’ve had this exact same realisation after taking a 3 month blogging hiatus! I nearly gave up, because I figured I was a rubbish blogger, then realised that I was only rubbish in comparison to people who blog for different reasons. And that it’s ok to have a blog but not be an out and out blogger! xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      NOOO! I’m so glad you didn’t give up girl, I ALWAYS read your posts and love them. xxx

  • Yes! It has to be for you first, always.

    • NatalieLeanne

      xxxxxx

  • Diana Maria

    I feel as though many bloggers deal with this, it can be so tempting to want to write what your readers would enjoy. I think you’re so right about doing it for yourself, that’s when you create your best work and are happiest with your blog! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • NatalieLeanne

      Definitely! I would hate to force out content I didn’t love, thank you for reading! xxx

  • I am definitely feeling more of the pressure of what others might perceive as ‘good content’ while in #TheBlogRace and spend a lot of time thinking what might be interesting or unique!

    At the end of the day, I know I write because I like it and I enjoy that my stories have been well-received so far and that keeps me going 🙂

    Cherie ✿ delicately.xyz

    • NatalieLeanne

      I’m loving your content! The Blog Race is so inspiring but definitely keep doing it for YOU xxxx

  • I started my blog for my own mental health. If you ever read my blog, you would immediately see that it is very personal. I write for myself. I love helping others, but in the end, I stay true to myself xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      That’s so great! Our blogs should be US at the end of the day shouldn’t they! xx

  • Interesting post Natalie! I stuggle with the same kinda thoughts, but I started my blog for myself, to have a sense of accomplishment to something… but it kinda also needs to be something readable/useful to others otherwise why am I putting it out there rather than in a notebook? That’s the key point/balance of it all isn’t it?
    Holly xxx /// mrshollycrocker.com
    https://www.mrshollycrocker.com/blog/2017/9/26/recipe-chocolate-birthday-cake-keto-no-sugar-no-wheat-low-carb

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yes that’s very true! Finding the best of both worlds is ideal. Usually with personal posts I’m writing from the ‘looking back’ point of view so I can add what I’ve learned etc. which may help others reading! xx

  • Yessss I’ve seen so many bloggers make the change to writing and creating content for themselves and it makes me so happy! There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as purposely acting for yourself.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

    • NatalieLeanne

      It feels so so good!

  • Georgina Grace

    I like to think I blog for myself, and I write about what I would like to read. I definitely feel like, what if no one enjoys reading it, or reads the title and thinks ..’boring!’ But what’s the point in writing something that does not interest you and is also being written by a thousand other bloggers. I have such a small audience it would be easy to give up, but I love writing, so I do it for myself 😄 x

    http://www.love-georgie.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      I hope you never give up! Personality is definitely what makes every blog different! xx

  • Yagmur_DK

    Natalie, when I read you’re posts, I feel like I have you next to me, talking to me. I find them very genuine and easy to read.
    This post is true and I totally agree with it. I can really relate to it and a fear I have that keeps me from starting.
    Anyways, I wish you all the success with your blog. I really want to start and reading your posts inspire me to crack on with it! On day I will take the leap haha – and it will be for myself x