In the first week of the course we've been learning about analysing publications as a step towards getting your work published. One part of this is determining who the target audience is. Obviously an extraordinarily important and relevant point. The basic lesson? Write what your audience will want to read, what is relevant and interesting to them.
It got me thinking about my blog. Do I write for me? Or do I write for you? My readers? Is that the key to a really successful blog? Or is blogging different? I suppose it might be considering I am the freelance writer, the staff writer, the sub-editor, the features editor and the Editor-in-chief of my own blog. I therefore get published all the time on my own blog. Not so much competition @talesofataitai.
To be honest, I think I do a bit of both. My posts (which I never schedule) are certainly a reflection of the mood or circumstance or situation I'm in in my life at that very moment, and are therefore a cathartic way for me to digest whatever is going on in my head. But then as my time as a blogger goes on, and the more I read other people's blogs, particularly the really popular ones, I learn more and more about what engages readers, what prompts people to comment, what gets a reaction out of people. And I think I'd be lying if I said I didn't love getting a response from people (especially in the form of comment love), particularly when you know you've made people have a laugh.
So, yep. Both is my answer.
What about you? Do you write for your readers? Or do you write for yourself? Are there some form of unwritten blogging audience rules I should know about?