Why I don’t write for my followers
At the time of writing this piece, I currently have 180 Followers; all of whom I’m grateful for.
Though I do not interact with every individual, there are a few loyal readers who always leave me a comment of what they felt, of what they wish to share, of what they’ve learnt, of what they’d like me to learn.
It might sound ungrateful, when I say “I don’t write for my followers”.
I’d be lying if I did.
I write, for myself, simply because this right here — this is me.
If what I’m writing, resonates with people — they choose to follow me.
It’s not forced.
I might have even followed a few back, not just because I’m grateful but that I too admire their work.
I don’t follow for follow.
And nor do I cater to my audience.
My headline reads, I’m a top writer in Seven different categories.
I’m grateful to have warned those milestones, but it also is a recognition that I cannot please everybody — all the time.
I want my work be a genuine reflection of what I believe in.
If I start catering to what the audience would like, I’ll fail.
I don’t know how to even write for my “followers”, they chose to follow me.
Which tells me they liked what they read, not expecting every piece I write to be catered to their needs.
I’m not fulfilling a demographic need.
That’s not why I write.
Like I’ve said many times before, I write because “Writing is Survival” for me.
…and I simply cannot survive if I turn myself into a people pleaser.
I must write words I can stand behind — hope that they may resonate with a reader.
If it doesn’t — it’s all fine, it’s not my intention to please everybody.
But know that every piece I post is a reflection of what I feel must be said, must be shared, and the greatest feeling of all is when it truly resonates with another reader and invokes a genuine response.
Rather than a trick pulled out my imaginary writing hat — to please the masses.
Thank you for reading.