Writing sites such as Triond allow writers to express their thoughts and knowledge and gain world wide readership. However, they have another important role in making the world a smaller place. Read on to find out why I treasure my online writing contacts.
If there is one thing the internet has done, it is make the world a smaller place. By writing here on Triond alone, I have made online friends with many wonderful people, whom I doubt I’ll ever meet in person. It’s not only writing sites that enable you to make online connections, but also the many social media sites. However, it is through online writing sites such as Triond that I have received the most pleasure and met the most interesting people.
From time to time – well, if I’m honest, perhaps often – you come across people on writing sites who moan about the money they are earning for their writing efforts. I agree, the money earned writing content for online sites is appalling. To the people who want to make money through writing, I say submit your work to print publications where they pay real money for published work. Many online writers would fail to make the grade. In many years of writing I had only one piece picked up by a magazine and eventually gave up.
But, a writer is a writer, and loves to write no matter what. I have come to love the writing I do online, which is only part of my writing life. I’ve met some incredibly interesting people from all walks of life, living in many corners of the world. I even met two wonderful Triond writers on a trip to Singapore last year. Because of the interaction I’d had with them on Triond before the trip, I felt I already knew them. You can read all about this meeting in my article, Mothers Day, Wedding Anniversary and Triond Writers in Singapore.
There are many others with whom I have established e-mail contact or regular messaging. If I was to name them, I would be in fear of leaving out someone and hurting their feelings. But I will say, there are people scattered throughout the world whom I would love to meet, if ever I had the funds to travel widely. I feel I know these people, even though we’ve never met.
When I was a child I was a regular writer of letters to penfriends. At one stage my parents had to extend my weekly allowance, so I could afford all the postage stamps for my world wide communications. Writing here on Triond brought back these memories, and can be read about in Writing Letters to Penfriends. My first penfriend lived in Seattle and I often think how wonderful it would be to make contact with her again. Maybe someone reading this will think, yes, I know this person, Trying to Locate Penfriend Nancy Peasley, Seattle 1959. I guess my interest in writing and making contact with others started way back in 1959, when I started writing to penfriends, was the beginning of my interest in writing and reaching out to others.
To those writers who worry about the payment they receive from online writing, I suggest you put those matters to the back of your mind. Think about all the other benefits you receive for writing for sites such as Triond. You get almost instant guaranteed publication, so that others can read your thoughts and make connections if they so desire. You make like minded writing friends and there are certainly many to choose from. And you never stop learning about the lives of ordinary people all around the world.
For me, these are reasons enough to express my thoughts here on Triond and other sites, as they pop into my head. Money is said to make the world go round, but I believe being in touch with international friends is what makes the world a smaller place. After all, money isn’t everything. I have a funny feeling I shall enjoy my online writing life until I can no longer do it. Hopefully you will too.
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