Write for Yourself.

Today I’m back with my first video post in over a year. Since then I’ve gotten a little wiser and my hair’s gotten a little longer.

Hard to believe, but I’ve been writing here on LWP for four years now! It took me a couple of those years to really get to a place where I actually enjoyed writing.

That enjoyment came when I stopped trying to be a crowd pleaser and started writing, first and foremost, for myself. When I did, I found that I not only enjoyed writing more – but that the quality of my writing was far better and that, most importantly, my writing was relatable and was embraced by a more active, engaged audience. The result? A more involved readership and community that gave (and gives) a damn about what I have to say.

The quickest path to burnout as a writer is writing void of the most important thing: Yourself.

Damn, now I’ve gone and spoiled the entire video for you…


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8 Responses
  • David Pennington Reply

    I sort of approached this topic on my blog recently, mostly because I was tired of everyone’s personal blog turning into some type of industry blog. Write for you, write ABOUT you!
    http://bendandbrew.com/post/42894564727/i-am-starved-for-personal-blogs-i-miss-them-i

  • Mattgeib Reply

    Hello Matt:

    Thanks for this great reminder!

    I started my Blog (matthewsmatters) IN 01/2010 WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION
    iT WAS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT for me at the time….I grew to the point where I looked forward TO Writing 1-2 posts per week……To me it was much like sharing my ‘journal’ with the world & I grew to LOVE it.

    Before Blogging I never considered myself a writer or that I had much folks would be interested in reading…but after a year or so I realized blogging was about me….my aspirations,,,goals,,Passions & Insights…& that WAS & Is all that truly mattered (just as you have been saying recently).

    Blogging, much like journaling has been a catharsis for me & a way to ‘Find Myself’ —who I am & what my purpose is as a person.

    Sadly, about a year ago or so my Blog began a ‘slow demise’ …lol….as I got sidetracked in a new venture…Only within the last month has my ‘call to write’ been renewed again…I feel as though I missed out a lot when I allowed myself to ‘fall off the blogging wagon’…….I am finding it difficult to get things going again with the momentum I had , had….I had great ‘Visions’ about sharing my message with the world & even developing a PD course on values/talent discovery…..Oh well I can always take that up again!:-)

    I love what one respected Lady Blogger shared about becoming a good writer—To be a good Blogger/Writer –JUST WRITE!

    Matt I appreciate what you share each day….you are one of my favs!:-)
    Great video btw….I have over 90 videos on Utube—I Think I love Video even more than Blogging in some ways…..I must learn to make my videos more professional looking like your though…lol

    Be Blessed
    Matt Geib The Great

  • Stephanie St.Claire Reply

    Great job Matt! Cheers to the next 4 years :)

  • Lolly Reply

    Congrats on 4 years!

    This post/video couldn’t have come at a better time. Earlier today while I was driving around (sulking a bit) it hit me that writing for myself is exactly what I need to start doing again. I think the reason I haven’t blogged in almost a year (wow!) is b/c I was trying to please everyone else — silly me! ;)

  • Tim Reply

    Hi Matt:

    Great advice…for better or worse, I have always written about topics that interest me. The “worse” part comes in because this has likely meant that it has grown more slowly. I’m writing less posts than I ever have, but thanks to Google recognizing my blog as more trustworthy…have seen more traffic than ever. At least I think that’s what is happening. If I wrote a blog to gain a quick mass audience, I probably would have given up a long time ago. Writing for me has helped me stay “in the game” much longer than if I had not. Great job!

  • Brooke Riggsbee Reply

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who’ve come alive.” Perhaps, my favorite quote of them all, for it’s inherent truth. Too much of our lives – in every facet, not just our writing – is geared towards others, whether the intent be to capture, impress , project upon, etc. We need to spend more time writing for ourselves, thinking for ourselves, living for ourselves. It seems a bit selfish at times, to act solely for oneself, but in the end, it’s the only way we can prevent ourselves from losing sight of who we really are and what we really think.

  • Chris Akins Reply

    Matt,

    Great perspective. I started my blog as a kind of personal reflections journal, and have found that when Im consistent – regardless of what I write – my readership grows. As soon as it becomes a chore it loses its purpose for me.

    I’m new to your blog, and I’m glad I found it.

    Chris

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