I'm starting to understand the pressure writers feel once they've been published. It's one thing to write something when you think no one is going to read it, but it's whole other ball-game to write something you know a lot of people are going to read.
While blogging is nothing like getting published, I do understand the pressure of having to take into consideration that people are going to read what you write. When I first started blogging (on my old blog), I had just a handful of readers (if I was lucky), and while the number of readers I have now isn't huge--by any means--it's a lot more than a handful.
I am very thankful for those of you who think what I write is worthy of reading, but I have to admit, a part of me misses the old days. There was a sense of freedom that came with knowing the majority of my blog posts were only going to be read by ten or so people. I wrote whatever I wanted to, without having to worry about things like offending people--not that my posts were that offensive. I could write about whatever thoughts floated into my strange, little mind. Most of the time, my blog served the purpose of a writing diary. I often wrote about my writing experiences--rejections, writer's block, agent requests, revising, etc. It probably wasn't the best reading material, but I found it to be a good emotional outlet, almost therapeutic. Since I didn't have much of an audience, I didn't worry too much about whether or not other people were interested.
Things are different now. As my number of blog views and followers increase, I feel more and more pressure to write for an audience. I find myself racking my brain for topics of interest. I want my posts to appeal to everyone, not just a few. I also worry about offending people. I tend to be very opinionated, but because I want to be sensitive to my readers, I try to keep in reigned in when I write my posts (sometimes I succeed in this, sometimes I don't--ha!).
Am I alone here? Is this just me being neurotic, or do other bloggers feel this way? Do you feel more pressure the more popular your blog becomes?