It’s that question again: who do we blog for?
Meta note: This was, for the most part, written about this time last year (for readers in the future, “this time last year” means about July 2019). Therefore, some of the things I say in it may be out of date already, especially with people coming back to blogging due to COVID-19.
Once again, it worries me that I once again pull an idea from Karandi’s post but she hasn’t shown up in a while…or was it that COVID-19 quarantine has stuffed with my sense of time so much, this merely feels like a while?
After seeing beloved bloggers move to other blogs earlier this year, my first thought was that we were starting to lose bloggers before the 2 year mark. (I sometimes think of blogs as being part of “generations” if they started around the same time, so essentially we’re losing bloggers from the same or similar generation.) I know for sure at this point Auri will leave in 2020, but the bloggers I’m thinking of haven’t 100% left their blogs…yet.
Irina then explained her move to 100 Word Anime and that left me thinking: who is it that I blog for? She’s covered this question on her own blog but I didn’t think of an answer then…and rather, why should one blog for themselves?
The answer I came up with, upon reflection, was this.
I write for myself because I don’t like to be tied down.
I once thought of writing for Angry Anime Bitches…but then promptly gave up and closed the tab.
As soon as I thought of having to write only in the review format, my brain went, “Nup.”
My spelling is stellar for the most part and my grammar might need a bit of work, but the important thing about me is that I’d rather not be beholden to other people’s whims – I make my own rules and move at my own pace when I want to, thank you very much.
I write for myself because that’s what I’m used to.
I started as a solo blogger and intend to go down in history as one…unless, of course, you get me a proper paying job to use those skills. Even so, I’m no journalism student – the most I have to my name is essays – and the personal angle, plus my various questionably-legal dealings with scanlations and the like which I confess to means there’s almost no way I could use this as a portfolio for a social media manager or anime columnist job anyway.
I write for myself because then, the only enemy is myself.
If I make a mistake on anyone else’s blog, they have to pick up my problems and deal with them. I’m an overthinking type of person who doesn’t like burdening others but is also overbearing if people have to do things my way, so either way, I’m going to torment whoever works with me (either by apologising too much or me just being me). Sure, the only one who really understands what it’s like to write weekly for this blog is myself, but then I reap all the rewards too.
Generally, my approach is “talk about what I want and the followers will come”…and, I crept over the 300 follower mark in June, so I must be doing something right!
So who do you blog for, bloggers, or for the non-bloggers, who would you write comments for?