A lot of people seem to feel that writers lead double lives. One life is “real” and the other is some online life where we can seem infinitely more interesting. Sure, some writers use pen names and sometimes even create alter-egos online. That’s fine. Artists have been doing this for centuries. And yes, writing’s most certainly an art.
Whether writers use their real names or not, writers are real people. It’s easy sometimes to forget many writers are starving artists who are just looking for new ways to connect with people through the things they love. While a writer may have a pen name or even an alter ego, online life and real life are unavoidably linked.
Oftentimes, web writing, and especially blogging, is often seen as a “get rich quick” appeal. But for most of us, that’s not it at all. For most writers, web writing is a creative outlet. It’s often a necessary stress reliever. It’s also a way to say things we may not find ourselves able to say in everyday conversation.
For those of us who aren’t social in so-called “real life,” some of us really need web writing to network. But networking in web writing is no less real or fake that in “real life.” Sure, some people are genuine, and others are just looking out for themselves. That’s no different than any “real life” social gathering, though. It’s just easier to be anonymous online, and while that’s certainly a thing in itself, it doesn’t make it not “real life.”
While there are certainly major differences between interacting face-to-face and through a computer or mobile device, they are no more or less real. Even in “real life,” we have facades. Sure, online, it’s often more for safety purposes. But so is the case in real life. There are other reasons, too, that I won’t get into here because they deserve their own treatments. But really, online people are often allowed to express themselves more freely. The online writing world is so vast now that you can always find someone new to connect with.
Really, web writing and blogging allow you to socially network in ways that Facebook, Twitter, and so on can only begin to allow you to do. Blogging gives you a home base, so to speak, to build your own personal social network. You can do this in real life, too, with clubs and other social groups. The only difference online is that the people you’re connecting with can be a world away.
Writers are people, too, and web writing is “real life,” too!
~ Phoenix <3