Write for yourself, publish for others
I’m trying this idea out.
Write for yourself
The purpose of writing should be for yourself.
Writing is your chance to process the world, to organize those thoughts that are buzzing round your head. To reflect and discover something you didn’t know.
Writing should be a selfish pursuit.
Publish for others
The purpose of publishing is to benefit other people.
If you are going to share something, it should help other people. It can help you as well, but publishing should primarily be for other people.
Your thought or idea can be incomplete and you may want feedback to develop, but there should still be a benefit for other people. After all, if there is no benefit for other people, why would they give feedback?
Publishing should be a generous gift.
I’ve long taken this approach to my writing but I never really codified it. My notebook and day one are full of selfish writing and reflection but my blog posts aim to be useful for everyone.