I took to the internet today to look at what was being said about why blogs need an audience. Do you know what I found? Result after result of how to build your audience or how to choose you blogs target audience, but not a single one could I find that answered the question of why an audience is vital for a blog. So, I pose the answers that I have come up with down below. Some of them might surprise you.
This post as I was writing got turned around a bit and I’m sorry for that. I do believe that blogs need audiences and that they are vital to keeping a blog alive. Not through monetary gains, though. Read on to find out why I think that way!
The simple answer to some of these is that we are trying to make money online. I know I am and while that would be awesome it’s not the main reason I write, so it’s not the main reason for my question of why.
It could very well be for a lot of people that an audience happens to be the means to more money. It’s sad, but sometimes we are very selfish creatures. That the people who read their blogs are just dollar signs to them.
Don’t worry. While it is something that I want I never want to treat my blog like a cash cow and if I ever do please come after me with cattle prods and baseball bats so I can get put back on track.
Some people apparently blog to help make networking connections. Don’t ask me how that works because it’s not something that I’m trying to actively do, but it does happen.
I write a post, make pretty pictures, and then post them on social media and then I get likes and followers and my blog gets more exposure. I didn’t plan it that way, but it does happen.
However, this is obviously targeted at a specific business market or specific persons within that business community, so I don’t think that’s a great way to blog. It also sounds like something you do infrequently rather than full time. I might very well be mistaken and if I am please let me know down in the comments.
This sort of goes hand in hand with the next point, but it is valid. It’s hard to be informative if no one reads your blog. That being said, I believe that every single story out there has a point. It has something to be learned. It may not seem like much, to begin with, but it can grow into a snowball effect.
People can learn from others and that’s another reason why an audience is essential for a blog. It’s like my take on introversion. Everyone is unique and different and it’s good to have someone to showcase that, too. Some people are just better at certain mediums than others.
Then there are people out there who want to help. They want to do everything in their power to help others. This is my main reason that I blog. I want to help people feel good about themselves, help with their self-esteem, be able to be who they are with no regrets.
Yes, I even want to help people not fall into the mistake I did of jumping on a get-rich-quick rocket and expecting it to take off when in all actuality it was held together with bubblegum and wires and just sort of imploded in on itself. If I can help just 1 other person take a step back and look at things logically then all my hard work will have paid off.
We need more blogs like what I’m trying to create. We need to bring everyone up and not just being selfish in our desires.
All the Above
I suppose having a little of each of the above would make for a well-rounded blog, but I still think that helping people is the best. After all, it was Einstein who said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
This might have been better put as to why people write on their blogs, but I do think that it’s a valid thing. Blogs need readers, not so the blogger can earn money, but because it makes a blogger feel inspired to share more. I know I struggled to try to write my first book that’s never seen the light of day outside of a few very select people.
It went better when I was getting honest feedback about it. So, I guess that’s what I would like from anyone reading this blog. What do you think? What can be added? What would you like to see more of? Put a comment below. I treasure each and every one, including the spam ones because it means that I’m reaching people.
For me, reaching people and helping them is the best thing I can do as a blogger.