Yeah I Write For Me, but I Write Well For You

When I started blogging I don’t think I knew what to expect. I didn’t know much about writing. I didn’t know anything about how to connect with others through blogging. I didn’t know much about how a blog should look. I didn’t even know what I was going to write about. And I certainly didn’t know if anyone was going to care.

I just wanted to write.

I wanted to have a place to say things when I needed to say. I hoped to learn what I wanted to say and how to say it along the way. I hoped to learn and how to connect with people and how to make writing and blogging into a fulfilling part of my life too.

In the beginning, every time I posted something, I immediately regretted it. I thought it was stupid and no one would care. I regularly felt the urge to delete every post I had written, but I didn’t. I knew I had to keep going and I promised myself that no matter what, whether people liked me or hated me, I would always write for myself first.

Things have changed a bit since then. I still write for myself first but I take better care in the way I write for my readers. I figure if people take time out of their day to pay attention to me and what I am saying then at the very least I owe them the courtesy of decent spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. I should also try to keep it entertaining but that is something I am learning as I go.

I ask that my readers please be patient with me in that regard.

No one wants to read full-page paragraphs with no punctuation and misspelled words. No one want to read a post that is disorganized and has no focus. No one wants to read a bunch of “text writing” like u, ur, luv, tho, or whatever else the kids these days are doing. I know I would feel personally offended if I wasted even a few seconds of my life clicking a link that lead to crap like that.

So while I may write a bunch of stuff that only matters to me, I promise to a least keep it as legible as I can and I welcome all “grammar Nazi’s” to correct me when necessary.

This, I will do for you, dear reader.
NaBloPoMo July 2015
In response to July NaBloPoMo prompt: Do you write only for yourself, or do you use your blog to try to connect to other people?

I took the prompt in a bit of a different direction though.

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Lisa

Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

3 thoughts on “Yeah I Write For Me, but I Write Well For You”

  1. This is kind of similar to my blogging evolution. I started my blog because I wanted a creative/emotional outlet, and I like writing, so it made sense. I still write more for myself than for others/readers, but these days I read a lot more blogs and comment more often too.
    I appreciate bloggers who write honest and sometimes quite personal posts; and I appreciate that sometimes in doing so, structure/punctuation/etc may slip a bit. But that’s ok :)

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    1. I am trying to read more blogs and comment too but sometimes I just don’t have much time and writing has to come first. I’m working on it though because it is important to appreciate the work of other’s, especially those who inspire you. I try my best to write well as a service to my readers but in times of impassioned free writing I have made mistakes. I correct what I can and try not to fret about what I might have missed :)

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  2. Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou!! I totally agree that we should always write honestly, intellectually honest that is, not merely trying to get followers (you know, they’re called politicians…) but true to what we perceive to be true, and willing to entertain discussion when disagreed with, giving space to ourselves and others for reconsideration of viewpoint. BUT ALSO, I appreciate your thoughts on clarity, brevity, and the importance of a certain disciplined skill set in our communication with others. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, new follower here. Thanks again!

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