Ah, yes. Writing. Ooh, AND social media? What happens when these worlds collide? And what is the best outcome? Well, due to my lacking of will to write my History essay, I've decided to dive into the world of writing platforms for you (hehe procrastination at it's absolute BEST).
Table of Contents:
I- Write the World
I- Well, if you're reading this, you most definitely know what Write the World is. I think. Anyway, what attracts me to this platform is definitely the community. On TikTok or Instagram, people aren't exactly clamoring to introduce themselves. The close knit community definitely stems from the fact that WtW is so, so small. In WtW's recap, it states that there are 36,373 users. That's pretty good, until compared to Wattpad's *clears throat* 90 MILLION?! That amount of people makes me nervous just thinking about it *laughs in being introverted with strangers*. Anyway, I definitely prefer a smaller community. The prompts are cool, I like the competitions and the peer reviews are a really great tool to grow as a writer. WtW is also extremely monitored by admins. I guess this is good to keep the young community (only 13-19.5) safe, but when my piece about The Beauty of Instant Ramen gets taken down for a conversational tone, I tend to get a bit salty (see what I did there? Ramen? Salty? Hehe). The WtW Guidelines changed about 8 months ago, banning conversational (user competitions, welcome/thank you pieces, shoutouts) pieces. THAT. That really annoys me- because how can you have a community? Without fostering it and the relationships it entails? *sharp exhale*. Welp maybe one day they'll change it back. Anyway, I do love WTW, mostly for the community and the safety it insures.
II- The mysterious land of Prose is something that has peaked my interest. A lot of WtWers "migrated" there after the WtW guidelines were changed (ei. The Great Migration). Out of pure curiosity and for the sake of comparison, I made an account the other day. Here's some things that caught my attention:
DMs and tagging- Very convenient for communication.
"Social posts" are allowed.
You can get paid? If someone likes your work? *laughs in life savings being a $5 giftcard to a 7/11 in Lansing, Michigan*.
There's also no age limit. This is something that personally puts me on edge, but could be great for mentorship and all that jazz. There's challenges, too. As for the community, it seems nice. I'm not entirely sure of how big it is, but judging by the like/piece and follower ration, I'd say it's significantly bigger than WtW. What I think Prose and WtW have in common is the need for constancy in posts to get "noticed"*. The need to publish periodically is key in getting yourself out there. There are moderators on Prose, but not to the extent of WtW.
III- Oh, Wattpad. Like I said, 90 million. That's a lot of potatoes. The sheer size of the community kind of makes close-kitted-ness hard, but still present. There are programs to get your writing monetized, and integrated with big-name media, which is cool. There's also competitions partnered with major industries (ie. Nick, Southwest Airlines). There's DMs, tagging, and "Social posts" are encouraged. But the getting "noticed" part is what's difficult. You can have 150 are so "reads" on a piece, with zero comments or "votes" (=likes), due to the fact that there is just so many people on the website. I also think that Wattpad is better geared toward older audiences (the App Store says 17+), as there's no age limit.
IV- In cOnClUsIoN (lol I can sense my English Teacher getting agitated), writing communities are great. Picking one to stick with can be hard, so I hope my opinion shed some light for ya'll. My personal choice is WtW, mostly because I'm sentimental and my friends are very funny and very awesome.
Stay safe and drink some water,
*obviously, joining a writing community is about learning and growing as a writer, not fOlLoWeRs. But, since we're still talking about social media, I included that aspect.