I just hooked up with a writer's website, Everything2. I am a bit confused about the full intent of this site. From what I can discern to this point, it is a site for folks to post the written word in front of an apparently tough crowd. Previous experience with sites like this have left me battered, beaten, and torn asunder. No one is more brutal and honest than those who judge those who pretend to belong. I have yet to post. There are rules. Lots of rules. There are suggestions that fall just shy of rules. And then there are the fopahs. The unspoken rules you discover only after breaking them. Throughout the various FAQs I read, constant warnings of proper grammar, spelling and HTML skills were sprinkled. Playing fast and loose with the King's English is most definitely frowned upon.
After an hour or so of trying to get a handle on the ins and outs, I left and came here without posting or even lurking. Joining that community seems more intimidating than here. A blogger's world is a mob scene. A crowd of indivual expressions that take pride in not conforming, just connectting. And even connecting seems an afterthought with quite a few. This E2 site is sructured and rigid in comparison. You can apparently wax upon anything you want, but make it interesting, well written, and make a point. Instead of the typical blogger waitng a lifetime for a response, in E2, others are waiting to respond. Waiting to pounce. Any negatives quickly pointed out and often whole nodes(originating posts) summarily deleted before the next sunrise. Check your ego at the door. Thick skin required.