Although staying on top of Blogging 101 assignments has been in my mind, I keep forgetting to post about them. So here are some thoughts regarding what’s going through my blogger mind…
Yesterday’s task had me scratching my head a bit: Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read. Of course, this lead to the question… Who is my ideal audience? If anyone in the world could read my blog, who would that be? And how do I appeal to them?
I’ll get to these answers in a bit. First, a story.
A couple of years ago, I found myself in an Innovative Creative Writing class. Our textbook was Lance Olsen’s Architectures of Possibility and, throughout the semester, we read a bunch of trippy, postmodern work and strove to break the mold of “traditional” literature. Our mantra was something along the lines of “Do something new! Break the mold! Be innovative!”
During that class, I spent a great deal of time thinking about blogging. For the first time, I wanted to try my hand at writing not for myself, but for others. I put a great deal of thought and wit into my posts and appealed to my classmates for help. By the end of the semester, though, I was exhausted. Left with very little motivation, I genuinely wanted to write. The problem was every time I sat down to post, I got so bogged down by the pressure of a potential audience that the words completely froze.
Whenever I find myself struggling with writer’s block, I can usually trace it back to this problem. Even last night when I sat down to follow through with the assignment and write a post for my ideal audience, I couldn’t seem to do it. I’ve come to the conclusion that, when it comes to writing non-academically, I do my best without constraints.
The following quote says it better than I ever could:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
If writing novels isn’t your thing, there’s always the WordPress version : Write the blog you want to read.
A few years ago, I spent a semester at a university in London. Before I departed, I noticed that everyone I knew who studied abroad made travel blogs, but always let them fall by the wayside after a handful of posts. This frustrated me! I wanted details about adventures–history, fun stories, photos, etc. So, when I created In the Bellow and the Uproar during my own travels, I stuck with it–creating the travel blog I had always wanted. (The funny thing about this was that, although in my eyes I had created perfection, none of my friends actually bothered to read it.)
Here on Keep Your Feet, I want to write a blog that I want to read. I want to create posts that I come back to. In a way, I suppose my ideal audience is myself. Gosh, is that pretentious? I hope not!! I really don’t want to come off as snobbish in any way. I just know that when I strive to create for others, my abilities peeter out.
In the end, I’d rather write for myself and create decent content than write for others and not create at all. If my content your fancy, that’s awesome!
Am I the only one who struggles with the idea of writing for an audience? Let me know in the comments! Fellow Blogging 101 classmates, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!