It’s interesting to see how my writing has evolved over the years. Since unearthing my OpenDiary (which, it’s interesting to note, is still up — despite the fact that my OD friends have all deleted their accounts), I have been going through entry by entry (I ended up with 1,800+ posts total) and taking a long trip down memory lane. My thoughts are extremely stream of consciousness and very long, or very short and fluffy. I definitely had regular readers and commenters. But I wondered, was I writing for myself or someone else?
Seth Godin posts an interesting point about blogging. Even though he’s speaking mostly about business bloggers — I feel that it can also apply to personal bloggers like myself.
Once you realize that no HAS to read your blog, that you can’t MAKE them read your blog, you approach writing with humility and view readers with gratitude. The second thing it does is force you to be clear. If you write something that’s confusing or in shorthand, you fail.
I’m aiming for the short and sweet now. I know how short of an attention span everyone has now.