Posting an article for others to critique at first is a bit intimidating because one never knows what sort of feedback it will receive. However, after writing for over a year and developing a following of others who now are considered friends, the posts are easy to make. The feedback is almost always positive and encouraging. For someone who is externally motivated this is huge! The rush of compliments and high views bolsters my sense of self and encourages me to write again.
Not for the money.
The pay for the amount of time I spend writing is actually peanuts. That is not why I write online articles. I enjoy the feedback, but I also like that I am contributing to a wealth of knowledge. Gone are the days of looking up facts in an encyclopedia. Kids these days do not even know what an encyclopedia is! Instead, a vast network of content, growing exponentially now exists on the Internet. Its enormity is the reason sites like StumbleUpon.com are such a hit — one never knows what he or she will stumble upon next!
As previously stated, I have grown to follow many other online writers, and have also developed a following of my own. It is a sort of online family of encouraging members creating a vast network. Sites like LinkedIn.com, Bukisa.com, and Facebook.com grow that network even more, making me feel part of similar groups not limited in scope by physical location. By reading others’ work I engage in life-long learning without having to pay for college credits. I become a more well-rounded person. It is because of this motivation that I recently started my own blog called WilkersonWise.com.
These are but a few reasons for writing online. Yet, they certainly are major ones. I am curious about others’ reasons. Why do you write online? If you don’t, then why do you read online articles such as this one? Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your voice.
(By the way, the sites listed in the article link you to my personal pages at those sites in case you wish to network with me in those forums. Thanks.)
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