When I started blogging some 5 years ago (yes, before I've even heard the word 'blog')... I did it mostly for myself. To write anything and everything that I think about and experience. To record things that I find interesting.
But, the more readers I get, the more I find myself writing for them (yes, you ;-))... rather than myself.
Not that I'm being a coward or a people pleaser. I just tend to think for an audience when I know I've got one.
It's the same when I engage in creative writing, crafts, painting, performing... I feel different when I know I'm not on my own in the process and the product.
Then, it becomes challenging. At times, even taxing.
When this incident came to my attention, I thought about how much power we give others when we allow them in to our lives. Or, in this case, our blogs.
What about you? What compels you to blog? How much input do you try to get from your readers/audience? Do you even try at all?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.