This question can be answered by determining the purpose of the blog itself.
If the blog is about a specific niche such as technology, real estate, law and legal, autos etc, then it makes a lot of sense that keyword targetted articles are set as one of the priorities while writing an aricle.
But if it’s about personal tech and personal thoughts and tips for topics such as making money online and affiliate marketing, I personally just write what’s on my mind and let the search engine does it job in indexing what it finds valuable.
Stuffing keywords and doing keyword research on a personal blog doesn’t sounds like an enjoyable experience to me. Not to say that I don’t do it, but that’s left for affiliate sites that does just that, draw in people from search engines through articles with highly targeted keywords. When I’m writing in this blog, it should be just fun, learning and sharing. The knowledge from keyword research still helps in writing my thing, but shouldn’t be my ultimate goal here.
Do you have a keyword strategy too when it comes to writing for your blog?