So, of course a lot of us want to write so that tons of people will read what we say. I remember blogging on Blogger years ago and really being caught up in that line of thinking. No matter how much I really want this blog to go somewhere, I have to say what is on my heart, my mind and my soul.
I think most of us don’t write in a frivolous manner all of the time (unless that is our blog’s purpose). There is nothing wrong with writing about fun topics with no real depth, I have one on my mind as we speak. Being light with words and writing about a trivial subject can be fun from time to time. For me though, it just doesn’t cut on the regular.
I don’t care if trendy topics garner more attention. I know that I am not alone in that I sometimes just have to write what I feel is important. And sometimes what writers have to say is not what people really want to hear. Part of it is because people like to read to escape or to feel good, or they don’t agree with what the writer is saying. I get that too.
Learning basic mechanics, rules or techniques is imperative. But if someone is a creator of anything-visual arts, the written word, music, etc., at some point an artist will want to break the mold. Most creative types will want to stop following and step out and do something that is purely them.
For instance, my daughter taught herself uke and guitar via the internet. She also took piano lessons for a couple of years. She has taken what she learned but has started playing things her own way. She is doing her own strumming patterns and writing her own songs and playing the piano differently from how she was trained.
By taking ownership and making it her own, she actually feels like an artist, not just a student. Blogs that write what is popular are very successful and are run by creative and imaginative people. There is value in pop culture or what is trending. For those who do not have a popular niche, a niche at all, or have a non-formulaic blog, there is great merit in freeform writing as well.
Moral of the story. Write what ya like. Dreaming of doing as well as a famous blogger is noble and understandable. I don’t know many people who do not want to monetize their blog, who work very hard at writing. But if writing is part of who you are, whether you become rich or famous, that is satiating in itself. Right? What do you think???