As I’ve said before, I like that I’m not a “commercial” blogger.
Is that even the right word? Anyway, I mean someone who blogs because they want to & doesn’t want to work with PR’s or brands or have advertising …
I was asked recently what that means in terms of readers. Do I care if anyone doesn’t read my blog? Do I want more people to read my blog?
I’m only human. And funny thing about us humans, we love self-validation through others, after all, we’re social creatures. Yes, even someone like me who has been called anti-social more times than she can count!
So, yes. I love it when I get more readers than I did the month before. I prefer it when people read my blog. I like it when a post is popular. I think it’s awesome if someone retweets a link to a blog post I’ve written. Why wouldn’t I think those things are good?
But if everyone stopped reading my blog tomorrow, I would probably still keep posting. Why?
I like writing.
Now as anyone who writes knows, sometimes you hate it. But I’ve always written in some capacity. I wrote stories as a kid when I was scared in storms. I wrote a giant travel blog after a 12 day trip through Europe. I was heavily involved in Harry Potter fan fiction for years. I attempt & fail NaNoWriMo each year for about 7 years now.
Some of those things were public, some private. Some were read by others, some weren’t.
Regardless of readers, I still write. It’s a delectably selfish thing to do 🙂