People start writing for different reasons.
Sometimes they see a blog as a personal diary, and if people read it, cool, and if not, also cool.
Some people like reviewing certain things, and do so just for pleasure.
Most of us just want to write, and a blog can be a decent outlet to do so.
Whatever your main professional focus is, you also need to consider what you want from writing, and what personal goals you hope to achieve.
Tip #4: Decide On Your Personal Goals
You need to seriously consider what your main aim and focus is, because once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever, and people can go to great lengths to uncover something you said in 1983, and thanks to social media, everyone can get to hear what you said in 1983 (assuming anyone cares, obviously).
This is important, because you need to decide what you hope to achieve personally.
I say personally, because professionally, writing isn’t likely to make you rich or famous. If you’re trying to start up a blog in the hopes you’ll be ‘discovered’, go watch A Simple Favour. No one tuned into Stephanie’s (Anna Kendrick) vlog (though it was a blog in the novel) until after her best friend, Emily (Blake Lively) goes missing, and then she only goes viral after there’s a murder confession and shooting on her vlog.
Unless someone’s getting murdered on your vlog, which is probably illegal – especially if you’re the murderer – blogging and writing isn’t something you should be relying on professionally for money, which is why you need personal goals to remind yourself why you’re doing this, so that you’re doing it for the write right reasons.
For example, the purpose of my blog is to:
- Help others who might be experiencing something that is similar to something that has happened or is happening to other people
- To inform people on things that I think are important
My personal goals are:
- To help people – even if it’s one or two people. One of my biggest – and most surprising – successes was ‘The Friendship Breakup’. The amount of people who have lost friends and don’t know why is baffling, and I don’t know why it isn’t talked about more, because from the messages, comments and emails I get, it devastates people – and that’s just one topic
- To provide a platform to help me enter the writing world, where I can publish articles, write my novel, and connect with others. My personal goal is to be a writer, and even if one person shows up to read my work, that’s okay. I just want to write.
It’s going to be different for everyone. For example, I have tried different mediums – like a few videos that are attached to my Facebook page still – but I don’t like it. I don’t like being on camera, I don’t like talking; I just want to write.
And that’s okay – that fits perfectly into both my professional and my personal goals.
Think about what your main goal is (and if the answer is ‘just for fun’, that’s a pretty damn good answer).