I was asked, “Do you write for yourself?”
That may sound like a silly question to you, but it really raises the question: are you doing it for yourself or for an audience?
For me, writing has always been so personal. Before I went some sort of public with my life through Xanga, I have always confided in spiral bind college-rule pages as a young girl – a time where I was more reserved and had no one to talk to. I remember old journals filled up with sparkly gel-pens – ah, those pubescent ages.
Now approaching the latter of my twenties, my blog and my private journal continues to be the spaces where I share my thoughts. But I bounce back to the original question – if I am writing for myself or an audience, often.
Do I gear towards a central theme because I know it will create buzz? This is my publicity and marketing brain speaking. Or do I write about the shit I go through and just share it with the World in hopes it will connect with people? This is me talking.
I think it is what I choose to write about that will make me steer one way or the other…
Truthfully, it’s never solely the former. However, doing the work that I do now such as heading up thecnnekt, it is a mesh of both. I want to write stories that remain personal, but can spark that connection between the audience. I want the reader to feel whatever I am feeling. I want their thoughts to be provoked!
This is because based on what our contributors and I have shared with the public – the feedback our team has received has been tremendous. I really think we are onto something great!
But at the end of the day (and in my private journal), I do write for myself as a way to document my life – keep tabs on my development and well, sanity.
So if you asked me that question again, I don’t know if I can simplify my response for you.