Do you write for yourself or for your readers?

@vickyrose (2016)
Canberra, Australia
March 30, 2017 9:01pm CST
When you write, do you write to download your thoughts and feelings and won't care who will read it or how others will react? Or do you write, with a target reader or audience in mind, your purpose is to validate your beliefs or test how the readers would react. Honestly, I write what I think, sometimes I am impulsive specially if I'm feeling strongly or emotional about something or someone. This elicits unexpected reactions from readers, some good and some bad. On Facebook, I was told that I was patronizing. That's true, as over there, I want to be as positive as I can and imagine my readers... smiling, motivated and inspired ;) I also get the wrong impression that I have an idyllic life. Far from it though, there are issues in my life that I prefer to deal with privately. Do you write for yourself or for your readers or to both?
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Mar 17
i share what I feel I rant I rave I ask for company and also I write to make people smile like my bubbles the cat poems its fun and some like them too.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Have always enjoyed your writing, variety is the spice of ... writing.
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@TheSojourner (17304)
• United States
31 Mar 17
I write with as much authenticity as I can muster. If it touches someone's heart, life, etc...then I appreciate it when I hear about it.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I've always appreciated your writings. Keep writing.
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• United States
1 Apr 17
@vickyrose you are so very kind. Thank you
• New Delhi, India
31 Mar 17
I wrote only what comes in my mind and heart
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Me too, I'm curious and ask a lot of questions
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• New Delhi, India
2 Apr 17
@vickyrose that's good. Enjoy your day
@youless (93512)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Mar 17
I write in Weibo which is a smiliar social media app like Twitter. I mainly write for myself and I don't care who read it or not. When sometimes I look back what I wrote down in the past, it would make me a smile
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
That's great to know that you are having fun writing.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
31 Mar 17
If I want to write for myself, I write into my diary, here I write for my readers of course.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I used to keep a diary when I was in high school too. I lost them now due to moving residences. Your writings are very informative to your readers.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
2 Apr 17
@vickyrose I still have my diaries, they are all in a box, so many of my memories are in those diaries.
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• Philippines
2 Apr 17
@LadyDuck what do you plan to do about those diaries when you're gone?
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar 17
I think it is a bit of both for me. Often I write for my readers hoping they will find whatever I'm writing about interesting.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Your writings are always interesting, Judy.
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Apr 17
Thank you @vickyrose I'm glad about that.
@Jon2071 (257)
• United States
31 Mar 17
I think I write for both. I do write about things that interest me but if there is something that does interest me and I feel that no one else will be interested, I won't bother to write about it.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I guess we can decide to write on the safe side to illicit interest from readers.
@Jon2071 (257)
• United States
1 Apr 17
@vickyrose What I mean is that I consider my audience before I write. I mean if I'm writing an post for a poetry website I'm not going to going to write about my favorite sports team. I think you just have to pick your time and place to write.
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@allknowing (69306)
• India
31 Mar 17
We are all here to interact with the global audience. We need that for relaxation and my posts are all about what i would want the world to know.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
That's really nice to know, Thank you!
@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
31 Mar 17
I will choose both. I think that's what writers wanted to achieve.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I believe so too.
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@hereandthere (32754)
• Philippines
31 Mar 17
i wish i could. i keep telling myself i'd earn faster if i don't set limits on myself here.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Sometimes I get stuck if I try to write for money. We can't really make writing in MyLot our bread and butter
• Philippines
2 Apr 17
@vickyrose what i mean is if i didn't care about the length or the topic or how many times i post or the responses it gets (positive, negative, zero), i would probably earn $5 every month.
@Kandae11 (40370)
1 Apr 17
I write for both.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Thanks, @kandae11 good to know
@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
1 Apr 17
I think I try to find something that people will want to read but sometimes I just share with friends.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Thanks for sharing, it's good to consider the readers.
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@Lubuto (2261)
• Zambia
1 Apr 17
I think I write both for myself and the readers.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Good to know, Matthew
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@dramagirl26 (3334)
• Ringgold, Virginia
31 Mar 17
I write for myself. Whatever story idea I come up with, I write it.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I believe that writing for yourself brings more satisfaction and freedom.
@silvermist (20116)
• India
31 Mar 17
@vickyrose For both.It is nice being able to write.
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Yes, writing is something that we enjoy.
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@tarah9 (544)
31 Mar 17
It is great to do it for both
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I believe so too.
@AkoPinay (10099)
• Philippines
31 Mar 17
I think I do both and sometimes I write only for money
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
I wish that I can write more for money...
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• Banks, Oregon
31 Mar 17
I write about everything i love to write about, sometimes i try to write more about things i think others will find interesting as i know somethings i am interested others may not be,
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@vickyrose (2016)
• Canberra, Australia
1 Apr 17
Good on you, Chris, the way it should be.
@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
1 Apr 17
I just write down what comes to mind ..
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@Deepizzaguy (14949)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
22 Apr 17
I try to write blogs for myself to express my views of the world events in the entertainment and sports world but I am careful not to cram my admiration of PBS Kids hero Wordgirl down anyone's throat.