Blogging for yourself.

Blogging for yourself: a response.

Jul
28

19 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Discussion

Amanda posted a very thought-provoking post about blogging for you. At the conclusion of her post, she asked the following question:

What do you think it means to blog for yourself?

We all know how difficult blogging can be. We also know how easy it can be – sometimes seemingly more for others than for yourself.

The important thing to remember is that blogging isn’t a competition. I think sometimes we’re unaware we’re even competing, especially when first beginning blogging. When starting blogging, there’s always someone with more ARCs than you, a better layout than you, more credibility than you, more followers than you, more successful ideas than you. But guess what? That’s always going to be the case, especially if you’re comparing yourself to others and/or trying to measure up to them.

Blogging for you means measuring up to yourself. At its basis, book blogging revolves around book reviews. And book reviews are your own thoughts. Would you sacrifice your thoughts on a book to measure up to someone else’s? I sure hope not. So if you wouldn’t sacrifice your reviews, why would you sacrifice the rest of your blog?

When I started blogging, I sacrificed personal aspects of my blog. After a few failed meme attempts, I decided to scrap my ideas and stick to all the other popular memes out there. This resulted in many blogging slumps and no significant increase in followers. It took a full year for me to realize that this caused me to not blog for myself. I was blogging for others, for readers. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I scrapped participating in memes, started Whip it Up Mondays, got the courage to speak up by including more discussion posts, and co-run the Book Sessions. And since implementing this new blogging drive for myself, I’ve felt more successful than ever. I’ve met some really great people that have been there for me every step of the way. And they’re the best kind of readers.

When you blog for you, you’re happiest – you’re happy about you, about your blog, about how you blog, no matter your layout, how many ARCs or followers you have, or how many ideas/posts have “failed.” You haven’t failed if you’re being you.

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19 Responses to “Blogging for yourself: a response.”

  1. I do blog for myself, but also for the social aspect, hence I do a weekly meme post with some discussion questions, etc.

    • Alissa says:

      That’s an interesting way to look at it – that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. And I think you’re right, too. There are MANY social aspects to blogging. (Although I suppose some could be doing those social aspects purely because others do? Or in a way that isn’t representative of themselves?)

      • Blogging for myself is not synonymous with being a blog island. Blogging for myself involves creating a community (because I don’t want to be ALONE! WOE!), and so by sticking true to that aspect, I am blogging for myself.

        It’s like… blogging for your own purposes. My purpose is to create community, so that’s what I do.

  2. We Heart YA says:

    Hear hear! Also, the way we think of “blogging for us” is, Are we writing posts that we would want to read?

    • Alissa says:

      Oooh, a very good point I wish I’d included. I could probably go on and on about that by itself, though.

  3. YES! Alissa, I think you nailed it. I see the SAME kind of behavior during Bout of Books. No matter how many times I say, “It’s NOT a competition” people invariably compare themselves to others. I don’t think they even realize what they’re doing, but I do believe it’s this tendency to compare ourselves that leads us to stray away from blogging for ourselves.

    Perhaps part of the problem is that we need something to measure our success. Looking at other successful bloggers is one way of doing it. However, I like to think that, rather than looking to others for success measurement, the best way to tell whether you’ve succeeded is to ask yourself: am I happy with what I’m doing? If you’re happy, you’re successful.

  4. Finding your own voice can be hard but isn’t it amazing how much more you enjoy doing this when you aren’t trying to please everyone?

    • Alissa says:

      It’s crazily amazing. I’d always known I was a little stressed about blogging before, but didn’t know just how stressed I really was. When I took a step back to do things my way, it wasn’t easy, but it’s proven to be a lot less stress-worthy.

  5. Liz. R says:

    This is a great post. It’s easy to forget about blogging for yourself, we’ve all done it. But you just have to remember blogging isn’t about getting hundreds of comments and things, it’s an outlet meant for you and what you want to talk about! 🙂

  6. I love this. It’s important to remember who you are blogging for and yes, it is very easy to compare yourself to others. I love how you ask, “Would you sacrifice your own thoughts…” and this applies to many things about yourself. Don’t sacrifice your integrity or your opinions. Great post!

    • Alissa says:

      I like that you said integrity because that encompasses all of the aspects, and it’s very important to maintain your integrity.

  7. […] Blogging for yourself: a response — Amanda @ On a Book Bender posed a really great question about what it means to blog for yourself. This was my response to her question. […]

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