Let me just start off by saying the title of this post is bullshit. If you’re writing online, there’s always a potential audience and pretending like you don’t want one isn’t even something I want to to talk about, save to say that you’re a liar. If that were true you would just write in a journal, offline. There’s is always an audience, and the size of it is largely up to you. I watch the waves of people come and go, wax and wane, and it’s mostly in sync with my own activity.
The more I write here the more people stop by; the more I stop by and give people a little of my time, the more likely they are to do the same for me. So if you’re writing online get the idea out of your head that there is no audience. Toss the notion that it’s better to write for yourself without an audience. You’ve apparently decided otherwise so just drop it. The trick… the trick of it is to write as if there weren’t one, all the while knowing there is.
You can’t trust an audience, you can’t rely on it, but don’t kid yourself. You like the attention just as much as anyone. So instead of trying to ignore that just admit it and odo what you were going to do anyways Do something you can look at wih satisfaction after you’re finished. Wanting an audience isn’t a bad thing but it’s a shitty motivator. It’s more of a distraction than anything else. Do what you like, for yourself, and chances are you can have your cake and eat it to.
That’s what I like to think anyways.