Why We Writers Write



 Anyone who’s perused the classic lifestyle blog has noticed its tendency to portray the writer’s world as fabulous, glamorous, and painless, which to be perfectly honest annoys me to no end. I don't always just want to see how perfect someone's life is.  It's the rawness of a blogger's writing that will permanently secure my readership.

Which got me thinking.

Yesterday, my blog reached 250 followers on Bloglovin, which I know is not much in the blogging world. But, for this newbie writer who, for years, has shied away from adding tags to her posts for fear that someone might actually read it, going from maybe about 20 followers this time last year to 250+?? Now, that was one freak out-worthy experience.

Naturally, my mind started to overflow with ideas for blog posts I could write next. “This post will get LOTS of views, no doubt,” I excitedly thought to myself. My mind soon began slipping down the rabbit hole of catchy list-article titles, in hopes that hundreds would click on it. “I’ll post more regularly,” I convinced myself. Even if the content isn't so great. That’s what the readers want. Isn't it?

Now, I must emphasize– there is nothing wrong with list articles. Admittedly, I will probably draft dozens of them to have published onto various websites in the next year. The truth is, that’s just what non-invested readers are drawn to. Heck, unless a blog has managed to seduce me into emotionally investing in the writer’s life, I also participate in the click-bait culture. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. But that is not what I want for my personal blog. That is not why I started this in the first place. And so, this thought process is inherently problematic for me.

So, why do we write? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot over the past few days.

At the risk of sounding disingenuously altruistic, at the core, I think that I write to connect with others. Even when I shied away from public readers, I always had one loyal follower that managed to connect with what I was saying. And that was enough impetus to keep me going.

There’s something very liberating about exposing yourself somewhat anonymously on your blog. The most rewarding part of seeing my blog grow was not the high number of viewers that my page was getting, but rather seeing those that stayed behind, that chose to follow me for whatever reason, and that (gasp) actually commented on some of my stuff. It’s the conversations that come about when you throw your vulnerable self out into the blog-verse that make writing most meaningful. It’s the feeling that someone, somewhere out there, can relate to what you are saying, and that maybe, just maybe, that connection might have comforted that person ever-so-slightly. And that, at the core, is why I think I write.

In all honesty, my overarching goals for this writing endeavour that I've begun are still fairly ambiguous. It’ll be an interesting development to watch unfold. Am I looking to one day become a freelance full-time internet writer? Not at the moment. Am I hoping to make some extra cash on the side with writing? Well, sure. Am I searching to be the next big lifestyle blog? If I’m being honest, I think a part of me secretly was– the part of me who lacks self-control and jumps head first into the newest shiny daydream and explores multiple facets of it with full delusion. It’s an appealing career idea. Still, I don’t think I could handle exposure to that degree, especially when it would involve my (maybe one day) family.

As a result, I probably won’t be getting many followers or likes. I probably won’t ever get to lifestyle blog following status. I won’t get tons of comments or mentioned on fancy websites in twenty different countries. And, frankly, that’s okay. Because at the end of the day, I don’t write for the clicks.

Comments

  1. I love your evident enthusiasm for writing and enjoyment in writing your own blog, though I should point out that lifestyle blogs come in all shapes and sizes; some of which are raw and minimalistic, others that are 'fabulous, glamorous and painless'. I suppose what I'm saying is that it doesn't make a person's blog any less of a space to express their writing, would you agree? Anyway, it was a pleasure to read your thoughts Anne! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. I would agree with that, although I do still look for more of everyday life in amongst it. Thank you so much Gabrielle :)x

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  2. I get what you are saying. And I definitely agree with you that personality is what makes a lifestyle blog good. A lifestyle blog should be about you and not what is popular. Of course I always relate these kind of posts to my own blog too and I feel like mine isn't where I want it to be yet. I don't think I'm particularly a good writer, but they are the posts I enjoy most.

    Great post and I'm definitely going to be reading more of your posts now.

    Love, Eline
    www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahh thank you so much!! I think you're a great writer :)

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  3. Yes! Writing to connect is what the blogging community is really about for me :) I want to improve peoples happiness and have made so many wonderful friends along the way :) Yes it can be tempting to alter your content to get more views but it's never worth writing about anything you don't love because then what's the point :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's so true! Thank you so much Marianne :Dx

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  4. I've always believed that blogging is about sharing your passion with someone through a love of writing, and that's what always brings me back to reading a blog properly. I actually wish that I could write lifestyle posts with that raw, honest, open attitude that you write yours in -- it's honestly like listening to me in my own head -- but it's not my natural writing style (which is long, exuberant, detailed and hopefully witty) and I think that's why I enjoy your blog as much as I do. It's really calming, it kinda renews my energy a bit.

    Not gonna lie, though, I do enjoy those glamorous posts a little too. Variety is the spice of life! Anyway -- this Shae-Monster is over and out!


    Shae xo
    Diary of a Beauty Padawan

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Shae (monster - I love it!! :P) this has really made my morning reading this!!x

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