My writing goal for this month is to not have a goal. But, having freed myself from goals I have found myself thinking about what, and why, I’m writing. A lot.
In February I took a huge step back.
I wrote very little, but what I did write, I enjoyed writing.
For the first time in months I wrote my posts for The Prompt ahead of time. Not on a Thursday evening with my head in my hands.
Even better, I loved writing each post. It was fun. It reminded me why I started The Prompt in the first place.
I also planned March. Spending time on my editorial calendar, moving things around, getting some shape to the month. Even writing and scheduling several posts and starting a new feature!
The first week of March has seen me back to publishing a post every day, but has not seen the stress that used to cause. I have written, enjoyed, published and sat back.
I have stayed away from linkys.
For the most part anyway :) I have joined in with my favourites again, and this has been a pleasure rather than the chore it had become.
I commented in my Simplify update last week that I have been feeling that the blog, and by extension my writing, lacked direction. Lacked focus.
Most importantly, lacked usefulness. Why would anyone read what I’m writing. What’s in it for them?
But, I accepted that I needed to take a step away from that question, as it’s tying me in knots.
I did a great course towards the end of last year on writing engaging content, and getting people to stick around on your blog. It all made a lot of sense, and I aspire to write content that has people wanting more, reading more, coming back.
And it’s a big but. It stopped me from writing for myself. Which started to take the pleasure out of it.
I’d be lying if I said that I just want to blog for myself. Of course I want people to read. But, by trying to write only for an imagined audience, I had lost myself.
I still believe that I need to find my direction. It’s in my nature to have a focus and a reason, and I’m working on that.
For the time being though, I am going to write the posts that I’ve wanted to write, all those posts where I thought: what’s the lesson, what’s the use, what am I saying, is it pinnable?
All the ones that have been sitting on the back burner while I wrestled with my purpose!
I’m going to write for me again.
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