So, you've probably noticed the abundance of posts here lately. As I mentioned previously, it was because another site I wrote for is closing it's doors. I started deleting content there and scheduling it for publication here.
That site is Helium (most recently Helium Network).
I joined Helium in December 2007. It was the first site that ever paid me to write something. Most of my content there is from 2008 and 2009. In 2010, I started disagreeing with the direction the site was going and feeling that the writers weren't being heard. I kept my account active, but didn't contribute much anymore. Between the recession and the difficulty of managing a content site successfully, it continued to slide.
When I got the email that they were closing down, I wasn't surprised. What did surprise me, though, was all the emotion I felt when I started deleting content. I pulled down all my poetry first, since I didn't really want it online anymore and I have it stored elsewhere. I started remembering and feeling nostalgic.
Although I haven't actively written for Helium for several years now, I think I'm going to miss it. It's where I first connected with writers and started learning how to write web content. I keep deleting and posting the content to other relevant sites, but it's definitely a reminder of the first moment where I felt like I was a Writer.
When did you first feel like you were a Real Writer?