[NBI] Write for yourself

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(This post is part of the Newbie Blogger Initiative 2 that is going through October 1st to October 31st 2013. If you are an aspiring blogger or a veteran of the medium, check their site and join in the fun by signing in their forums ๐Ÿ™‚

With every type of writing there is always the old debate if one should write for others or for themselves. The first camp claims that if you are going to share your writing might as well consider what the other person will want to read, otherwise why even go to the point of sharing your work in theย  first place? While the second camp posits that the pleasure of writing should be an end in itself and that worrying about what others might want to read takes the fun out of it.

With blogging it is not different. Try to start that debate with 10 different bloggers and you will get 12 different answers. By the title of this post you already know on which side ofย  this debate I fall into. ๐Ÿ™‚

There are a few reasons for that:

  1. I can only guess at what other people would want to read. However I know exactly what are the things I enjoy doing in games and could spend all day talking about.
  2. Even if I guessed right about what people would like to read I honestly doubt itย  would change much how many visitors or commenters I get. Sure, it may help initially but what keeps people coming back is the writing, not so much the subject.
  3. I am doing this on my own free time and out of my own pocket for absolute no gain besides self-satisfaction. If I kept worrying about what I am writing then my posts would be even more irregular than they already are.
  4. It is a good way to talk about the things that I care about without bugging friends and family about it, who may for any reason not be interested on it or not understand what makes me so passionate about the subject. With blogging however I can find someone else who shares the same passions and from then on have some great talks with them. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. I just love writing. It is an itchy I get from time to time and blogging is a wonderful way to scratch it.

If you need some other possible reasons to start blogging, Tobold gives some pretty good food for thought on the subject over at Tobold’s Blog. Jeromai also has included some pretty good ones (among other excellent advice) on this post that can be found in Why I Game.

Before I got to the current blog I already gave a try at it a couple times but end up abandoning it for different reasons. What got me to give it a try again, and create Shards of Imagination, was a combination of 4 and 5. When I cared a lot more about Everquest 2, I accidentally found that a friend there had a blog too. That got my itchy to write to resurface and I thought it would be a nice way to write about the things I care about without sending a wall of text via e-mail to friends. Specially if it is wall of texts about games they don’t particularly care about. This has been working out well for me soย  far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, it is not always easy. There will be times when there will be that nagging voice in your head telling you to not post something. Either because it is too silly, because it might be embarassing, because it might alienate your current readers or any other number of reasons. The best thing to do at those times is to ignore that silly voice and post anyway. You will thank yourself later when you did it.

Well, that is it for me. Now the ball is in your court. Why did you start blogging and what keeps you writing? As always, if you prefer to write a blog post of your own instead of a comment, feel free to do so and just post the link in the comment section. However you choose to respond I’d love to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

2 thoughts on “[NBI] Write for yourself”

  1. I have always tried to structure my posts in a way that others would like to read. I try to elaborate more, amusing antidotes, or even aim to inform however I always tend to write about what interests me and that never really changes.

    • *nods* I can agree with structuring things to make it easier to read or to add stuff that helps the content of the post. In my case I am not sure if I do it or not though… I guess I should just pay more attention to my process instead of going “Write, write. Quick revision. Post!”. >_<

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