This Is What Happens When You Care About Your Target Reader

By: | August 10, 2016 | Tags: , , |

#bloggers should not use themselves as their target reader

Did you know there are controversies in blogging?

One of them is over who should read your blog.

Who is your target reader?

Who do you want to receive joy from your content?

You have two choices, the person in the mirror or everyone else.

Are you writing for yourself or your readers? Do you want to get satisfaction by writing your content, or do you want everyone else to get satisfaction from reading your content?

What is a Target Reader?

Target reader can be defined as who you want your audience to be. Who do you want to get empowerment from your blog?

After reading your blog, someone’s life should be better as a result.  Is that person you or someone else?

I believe you should strive to give satisfaction to your target reader.

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9 Reasons You Should Not Be Your Own Target Reader

Brian Clark advises, “Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”

As a blogger, everything that you do flows from understanding your audience and seeking to help them as much as possible.

  • How to get blog traffic is often cited as the biggest challenge bloggers face. Not having traffic leads to discouragement and disillusionment with blogging. Blogs are left abandoned within a year. When other people like your content, your traffic rises which increases confidence and happiness.
  • When your readers like your content, they are more likely to share your posts with their social media followers. This, in turn, leads to your blog traffic rising due to the additional exposure.
  • When your readers like your content, they often link to you. This, in turn, improves your ability to be found in search engines and improves your Alexa score. They may view additional pages and posts on your site which improve your bounce rate.
  • When your Alexa score is low, opportunities often appear that wouldn’t otherwise. For example, when my Alexa score decreased (low is good), I started getting requests from people. They wanted me to link to them for example. Since we were like-minded bloggers, they published my links as well.
  • Bloggers generally become bloggers to empower other people. If you are writing for yourself, you could start a diary or journal. I’ve read bloggers have voices that long to be heard. The point is for the voice to be heard by other people.
  • There are other places you could write just for yourself where your page views don’t matter. Medium is an example of a site where you could write for yourself.
  • Caring about your target reader is so important, it could lead to outcomes like monetizing your blog.

Consider these comments from blogging expert Julie Syl Kalungi, “I find that most bloggers totally miss on the “WHY you blog, and WHO are you targeting, and ARE you serving their needs?” Once those questions are addressed in a selfless not attached to the outcome way, the income is not only regular and solid, it’s certain!”


For the reasons above, if you want to experience blogging success, you should not be your own target reader.

What about joy? You want joy? Give other people joy first, and then your joy will come. Give to others first, and then enjoy all the rewards you will get.

So many bloggers write about their “rants,” “musings,” or “ramblings”. They even put those words in their tag lines.

One of those bloggers, The Ranting Monkey, put “ranting” in his blog name.

He and I once had a discussion about these concepts. He observed, “Self-preservation and cooperation are not mutually exclusive.” In other words, you can help your readers and yourself at the same time.

Please share this post, so bloggers desiring success can know the advantages of writing for others.

Readers, do you write for yourself, others, or, like my reader observed, both of you? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

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  1. Donna DeGuglielmo

    I love the art and this stood out to me among other things… Brian Clark advises, “Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” grt comment and wisdom.

    also how to do … this? … This, in turn, improves your ability to be found in search engines and improves your Alexa score. how to link my blog to someone elses blog ugh! or no ugh! 🙂 thank you donna marie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Donna,
      Short of coming out and asking someone who writes in your blogging niche to link to your site, there is not much you can do. The goal is to write the best content, so others will want to link to you and share your writing with their readers.
      That is the point of writing for other people. If you share content that helps other people, other admin bloggers will be more likely to share your writing with their readers and link to you.
      Focus on composing writing that helps other people. Anything else is a perk. The point of my post is if you focus on creating the best content to help others, those perks will come.

  2. Donna DeGuglielmo

    oh i ment to say i am a blogger and blogging my memoir.. i love the art and all it’s wisdon but how to write for others when u r bloggng your book that is non-fiction. i do include others in it but i need to tell my story right?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Donna,
      Yes, you absolutely should tell your story in a memoir. However, your story should have a point, a theme. That point should help your reader. For example, is the story about you overcoming obstacles? If that is the case, the point is that your reader can overcome obstacles as well. They can overcome the obstacles the way you did in your book, perhaps. In these ways, the story helps them. It’s the same story. It’s just a tweak of perspective. Instead of writing about you for you, you are writing about you for them. Does that make sense?

  3. Carla

    I launched my first blog in 2005. When I did—actually before I launched – – I took the time to write out three or four different reader descriptions. Who these readers were what they were interested in what they weren’t interested in what they liked what they disliked etc.
    It’s been in valuable for me to do that every six months because as my blogs have grown and changed and evolved so have my readers.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carla,
      How perfect! Thanks for sharing your idea for your outline of your target reader, so others can read your idea. It would definitely help to focus writing by doing that. Thanks for contributing to the discussion by letting us know.

    • Julie Syl Kalungi


      You just described a step every New Blogger and struggling blogger should to. In some circles its called creating your avatar. This in turn is supposed to be your North star guiding you and attracting that person in large numbers….aka traffic!

      Wow Janice what an honour to be mentioned by you in this truly insightful Post.

      Most bloggers do indeed rant and ramble on about all kinds and it sows. While others do it in a very calculated way to seem like its a rant or ramble when its a very well written SEO’d piece of content… Whatever your aim, it should be first and foremost to serve your audience and you next!

      Thank you Janice I appreciate you!

  4. Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

    Hi Janice! This post is brilliant! It is just what I was looking for. I’m in the process of (thinking about) writing my second ebook, and I hadn’t even thought about who my target reader would be.
    Thanks for writing this post! 🙂

    Dani x

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Daniela,
      Thank you for calling my post “brilliant”. Much appreciated! I am glad you enjoyed. How coincidental that the post was so timely for you. Thank you for letting me know. I am glad you were able to read it before publishing. Definitely knowing who we are writing for helps us focus and gives our writing direction.

  5. Melinda Mitchell

    Good morning my BBFFJ,
    I think I write for others, but I sure do enjoy re-reading my own stuff! I laugh every time at my own jokes!
    Your BBFFM

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      I laugh at my own jokes at school. If my students find them funny, great, but I have fun. Often they tell me they think I’m funny which is great, because I don’t always think I am.

  6. Jakob Boman

    Great post
    Advise number 9 is spot on. So many people forget to care as they are only interested in making money. They forget that you have to care to make money not the other way round…
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jakob,
      Well put! I don’t think I realized this when I read Julie’s quote. Thank you for pointing it out. Thank you as well for the visit and comments today.

  7. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I always try to target a specific group of readers with each blog post. It helps me focus my writing to try to give them what they want to see.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Barbara,
      Even before reading your comment, that’ exactly what I was writing to other readers. Targeting the post to a demographic would definitely help with focus and direction.Thanks for writing me today.

  8. Rob Alberts

    You are right.
    It is important to know what the readers want to read.

    Kind regards,

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rob,
      Nice to hear from you again! It’s been a while. Coincidentally, I am linking to you in an upcoming Pinterest post I working on the day you wrote me! I will keep you apprised of the publication. Are you on Twitter? That’s where I let people know unless you get pingbacks. I don’t anymore.
      As far as your comments, I’m glad you agree with my point. I accepted people who write about “musings” to write in their disagreement, LOL.
      Take care. I hope you’re having a nice summer.

  9. Tracy Roy

    So it is decided, I will target so called hipsters; people that value independent thinking and counter culture. As Etsy is also kind of an alternative way of purchasing things, this sould work well. The next thing is to find out more about my ideal customer. Here’s a list of questions I got from a website called TopNonProfits.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tracy,
      Nice to meet you. I am so glad you were inspired by my post. It seems to have resonated with readers. I think you have a great action plan for focusing on appealing to your target reader. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. Stella Chiu

    Hi, Janice

    Love to read your post. Good advice to go back to right track to write the blog – all about the readers not me. The quote from Brian Clark touched me deeply – don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.

    Thanks so much for the post

    Stella Chiu

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Stella,
      Thank you for writing me today. Nice to meet you. Did you read the other comments on the post? Clark’s quote seems to have touched many people! You are in good company!

  11. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    So good to be reminded of these essential things like giving generously to our readers. An age old principle that giving is better than receiving. Like you say it so often gives back to us.

  12. Candace

    I read a similar post on a mom blog where she discussed her reading through posts on facebook mom blogging groups and moms complaining about no one reading their blog. When she went and visited the posts, they read as more of a diary and explained in her post that people want to go to a blog to get some insight, tips, advice and not read a monologue update on your life with kids. I think it’s important for bloggers to consider the target audience because so you can consider what a person would gain from reading your post that they might get from someone else. Great article – thanks for sharing on the Pinterest Game.

  13. Agent54

    I try to write humor. If I don’t think it’s funny, what’s the point. I think I know from funny. I hope I know from funny. Do I know from funny? Please read all my posts twice and tell me if I know from funny.

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