Being part of a writing community

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Being part of a writing community

 

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started with a diary then worked my way up to a journal  (fancy word for grown up diary)

I wrote poems and short stories, English class was of course my favorite class, I wrote when I was happy, when my heart was breaking, I wrote because it was, who I am then and still am now.

 

There is a saying that if you do something you love it’s not work and this, I can and have done for hours, this is never work, this is a passion I have.

 

So when I found “blogging” I was thrilled to be part of a writing community that lets you do what you love to do and to be able to speak to people who love the same thing, I felt like I was home.

 

The first blogging site a friend of mine recommend was called Bubblews, it was just starting out and I jumped right in. We had a few hundred really incredible writers on there. We would encourage and comment on each other’s works. We were like family,  we knew each other virtually because we read about each other’s lives, we laughed together, we cried together, we encouraged one another.

 

It was like nothing I had ever experienced before, for us it wasn’t about the money which wasn’t much, it was about the community and how we felt we had such a great group of writers all together in one place, we were a family.

 

But as all good things, it started to change, all of a sudden others from around the world started to join.

At first it was good, we got to talk to and meet people from across the earth, see their lives, interact with them but then everyone started to come because they heard about the money and our once small tight community started to grow into a money making platform.

 

No one seemed to care about the work, even the powers that be, all everyone cared about was the money. People wrote stupid three sentences just to make money, people followed others not because they read their work or actually enjoyed it, no to get more likes, to get more money.

 

It no longer was this community of talented writers doing what they were passionate about, it was now about the all mighty dollar.

 

I write this blog every day on the treadmill, I work out 5 days a week, what motivates me? Writing, I wake up thinking about what am I going to write about today? I can’t sleep because I want to write an blog, I am here each and every day because I am lucky enough to have people who follow me and read my blog every day and I love to give them fresh new one blogs every day.

 

I don’t want to let them down but when it comes down to it, its about me and my love for writing. Paid or not, followers or not, I will still do this because it’s my purpose, it’s my passion.

 

Unfortunately after 3 years of writing on Bubblews, we parted ways, people were stealing my blogs and reposting them to get money, the powers that be no longer cared, I was no longer part of a community. My fellow writers jumped ship long before I did and I couldn’t blame them. I no longer wanted to write for a company that only cared about the bottom line.

I found out recently they went under and I was sad for the first community that gave me my first platform to do what I love to do.

 

I am still looking for another community like this one but can’t help but wonder, does lighting strike twice?

 

I now write on Medium, Scriggler and a brand new  blogging site called My trending News, they seem like they might be a good fit, there are some serious writers who are also passionate about what they do. So I will continue to hope to find another writing family to call home.

 

So today my friends, do what your passionate about, don’t worry about the money, have integrity about your work and know when it’s time to move on, you just never know when the next great opportunity is coming your way.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life was over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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