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Writing Online - Because I Have To

I can never resist a red rag to a bull. (Especially not when it's as close to an Osborne bull as I am likely to find.)

valmnz showed me that red rag by telling us why she has chosen to write online: Why Do I Write Online .

Turns out that she and I have both written for Suite 101, plus the other site and here. I have also maintained blogs (yes, I'm building my latest, slowly and surely) and written guest posts for many sites, including RetroGT, Nameberry and Oxgadgets plus many more I can't remember or am forbidden from mentioning for reasons of business confidentiality.

Apart from contributing here (and occasionally at the other site) I currently write for Wizzley and have started to investigate the wider world of writing for sale of rights to others.

As for the question 'why do I write?'

I write because I have to.

  • Because articles have been known to spring fully formed from my head, like a Greek goddess, without asking permission.
  • Because writing is chicken soup for my vegetarian-leaning, introverted, wordnerd soul.
  • Because, so help me God, if I didn't write, at times I would shout at someone, or hit them, because they are so narrow minded, heckling, and can't see another opinion for looking. By writing I can illustrate the wide variety of opinion out there in the world without causing injury to anyone.
  • Because words, when written, can be wrangled into shape. They can be proofread, edited and generally chazed all over the internet in the cause of getting just the right word for just the right phrase. When spoken, words are spoken, forever to cause harm and distrust to whoever fancies misinterpreting them.
  • Because I can herd written words better than I can herd cats, people or even polar bears.

So, in the immortal speech of a certain credit card company:


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melon1234 wrote on March 3, 2015, 4:09 PM

I would write online because well I like to! Plus I like to write about products that I use at home

WordChazer wrote on March 3, 2015, 4:12 PM

Me too, but it's more the quiet soul that writing provides me which helps everyone around me.

maxeen wrote on March 3, 2015, 5:00 PM

I am so pleased that you do write , it helps to hide other feelings..

AliCanary wrote on March 3, 2015, 5:03 PM

I loved reading this. I write because sometimes people really like what I wrote, and it tickles me that I made them laugh or smile or taught them something or comforted them. That's why I write.

allen0187 wrote on March 3, 2015, 5:52 PM

I mainly write as a means to put in words what i see int he world and what i want to see changed in the world.

valmnz wrote on March 3, 2015, 6:27 PM

Brilliant, never try and agrue with a Greek Goddess emoticon :smile: nor turn your back on chicken soup, and I think I'm a similar herdsperson to yourself!

luisga814 wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:50 AM

I am writing online because i am enjoying. I have a chance to know others while getting a chance to gain kniwledge while earning a little penny.

trufflehunter wrote on March 16, 2015, 9:17 PM

Lol at your Greek goddess. I'm naturally soft spoken and nobody really hears me so I write.

AdGoggleKo wrote on March 17, 2015, 10:09 PM

I started to write online just because I got curious why many people are writing. And just to test my skills too. I am happy receiving likes and comments even NO pay but of course happier with pay. Haha