Have you ever visited a writers forum before, felt possibly some kindred spirit between struggling writers, signed up with great hopes and maybe some trepidation, only to realize that most likely most of those users are really just the Debbie Downer types who don’t really care about offering any beneficial critique? Who really just care mostly about tearing down, and shredding any questions or work you put in before they actually see your work or really get to know you?
I dunno. It may be just a case of “who am I to judge”, but let’s face it; the internet is nothing more really than a cultural wasteland of dubious benefit that really has only helped porn addicts get their fix without having to walk down to the nearest porn shop and spend forty bones on some fetish gang bang like back in the (ahem) good ole’ days. And really, what does the internet offer that can’t be had anywhere else?
Want information on that hard trig assignment due on Friday? Well by jove! Head to the nearest library! Having problems paying for an electrician for a wiring job? Well hey! Once again your local friendly library is just around the corner! Music? There are still some indie record shops out there that cater to many genres.
The point is, is that relying on what some stranger thousands of miles away who’s supposedly some “expert”, is kinda like allowing some dude you met at your new job take care of that vintage 1968 Ford Mustang that you spent years renovating? Sure, he may actually work as a mechanic and know his stuff, but would you really trust anything this guy or gal says let alone does? Enough to take a few spins out on the freeway? Enough to take advice on any upgrades?
My advice? Engage and form a bond between a college professor who you know knows what they’re talking about. State, UC, private, hell, even community would work fantastic. That way at least, they most likely know the contact of someone who knows someone else who is actually reputable when it comes to what you write. Just don’t sit around typing to strangers who will always just remain strangers.