When you write anything that is published in any way, the question invariably becomes...for whom is the author writing?
Him/herself or other people?
I have extensive training in getting writers to create a story and a structure that takes into account the audience. Due to this, I often fall on the side of remembering that a someone other than the writer and his/her immediate family is involved.
However, what happens when what one's writing is a blog? The entire point of a blog is to write as if no one is watching. Yet because the medium is one where other people read it and respond to it, it adds an extra level of catharsis.
There are blogs that create a serious following, even though they were created to fill a very private need. What happens to the readers in that situation? Does that audience have a right to expect anything of the blogger? What if the blogger doesn't want to write for weeks, months? Can an audience ask the writer to write more, even if he/she clearly can't, won't or doesn't want to? I've seen comments that do exactly that...is that cool? Or is the reader's only recourse to stop visiting the blogger's site? And if a blog has no readers, is it still a blog?
That's the tricky thing...a blogger needs an audience as much as the reader needs the blogger.
What do you...my readers...think?