When I posted about possibly writing about more than just writing here, Kate asked:
Is your art for me (the reader) or is it for you (the writer)?
I appreciate that you write for me, but I think you should write for yourself. If writing about something different makes you happy, do it. Let your interests determine what kind of audience you get. Don’t let your audience determine how you write.
This made me think – who do I write for? There is no doubt who my fiction is written for – me. I write it because I love to write, and because I love the stories. Yes, I hope to be published someday, but as I’ve said in the past, even if I am never published, I will continue to write. I will not change what I write for a particular audience, or to make it more marketable, or any other reason other than I want to write it.
But what about this blog? Who do I write this for? It’s gone through several formats, even platforms. I started on Blogger, updating as I felt like it. Sometimes I updated frequently, others I didn’t. Last year I moved over here to WordPress, and set a very specific posting schedule: Mix-It Monday, Writing Wednesday, Furry Friday, and Sum-Up Sunday. I stuck with that for about 2 months, then decided to focus simply on writing, and set my posting days as Tuesday and Friday, as well as keeping Sum-Up Sunday. The Sunday posts faded away, and in recent months I haven’t posted much of anything, on any schedule.
So back to the question. Who do I write this for? As I said in a previous post, I enjoy interacting with you, my readers. So in part, I do write for you. But since I’ve thought about it, I also write for myself. I write this blog because it’s an easy way to write a short, complete piece on a regular basis. And it’s a way to track my progress in writing, for myself. It is a writing journal, of sorts. I write about my accomplishments, and my disappointments and difficulties. It’s a way to not just track, but examine, my progress. In blogging about my writing, I think it lets me get just a little bit of distance to contemplate what I’m doing in a slightly more detached manner.
Is that an answer? I write this blog both for myself, and for my readers. Yep, I think that’s an answer.
I also think I will add a few posts here and there about non-writing endeavors. I’ll be playing with the format/posting schedule again as I do so. I think I’ll stick with writing-related posts on Tuesdays and Fridays, and post non-writing related things on other days. That way if you decide you like the writing posts, but not the other stuff, you can easily ignore those posts.
Sure, that may change. But that’s what I’m going to aim for at present. This blog, like myself, is a work in progress. 🙂