It was only a few weeks ago that I threw in the blogging towel.
I deleted my WordPress blog and decided I had far more important things to do with my time.
And whilst that might be true, I immediately missed writing and the process of putting together a blog post.
This time though I decided that I would be writing blog posts for me.
After all, is that not what a blog truly is? A place to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences?
Not Chasing Google
I used to focus on Search Engine Optimisation much more than I do today.
Don't get me wrong, it's still an important part of my blogging regime but lately it's taken more of a backseat.
I do use Squirrly to make sure I'm on the right track and for me it's been absolutely perfect for ranking without too much effort.
And I still do keyword research too and I use Long Tail Platinum for that.
But I don't spend hours on end searching for keywords. There's not so much point when I'm writing blog posts for me.
It's nice to see when I have ranked on Google but so long as I'm happy with what I've written that's all that matters.
Gives Me A Focus
When I stopped writing for a few weeks it left a void in my life which I had to fill.
I've become focused on outdoor running over the past year but I couldn't spend all my extra time doing that.
When you're a stay at home dad or mum, you do need to have other interests to keep you sane.
And now that I'm writing blog posts for me, it's become much more of a focus than it was before.
Before, I sometimes used to get writer's block or struggled to come up with new things to write about.
That's when I was trying to fit into a particular niche or doing what I perceived others expected of me as a blogger - kind of like peer pressure.
Writing for yourself rather than someone who others think you should be writing for gives you much more freedom.
Helps Me Get Better At Writing
They say that practice makes perfect and I'm far from that when it comes to writing.
By writing blog posts for me though, I'm finding writing more enjoyable and because of that I'm doing more of it.
And by doing more of it, I'm learning how I can improve things along the way.
That includes using tools like Hemingway so I can give my writing more clarity, cutting out the bits I don't really need.
I'm also reading much more extensively than I did which helps with new ideas and allows me to see how others go about things.
Get Things Out Of My Head
When you spend as much time alone as I do, there's only so much you can process in your head without needing some kind of release.
Writing blog posts for me can be a way to get things out of my head and better understand what's going on in my life as a stay at home dad.
I get so many ideas for blog posts when I'm doing the housework or I'm looking after the kids.
They don't all make it to be published but I do keep them in my drafts in case they could be useful in the future.
Uncluttering my thoughts in that way means I have room to fill them with even more stuff!
The overall result of blogging can be quite therapeutic.
Writing Blog Posts For Me And Everyone Else
I've seen a lot of bloggers come and go and I was nearly one of those statistics.
The thing that brought me back from the brink was a change in mindset.
And whilst I'm now writing blog posts for me, I hope they're still relevant to others too.
I've been told that writing articles on a blog shouldn't be about what the blog owner wants but what they perceive their ideal audience wants to read.
That's okay. If I'm not doing things how others expect me to do them even better!
If we all did the same thing life would be boring.
It may not bring me lots of visitors or internet glory but it will keep me in the blogging world for the foreseeable future.
What do you think? Do you write blog posts for you or for who you want your audience to be?
How does it make you feel as a blogger?
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