For quite a few years I was involved in the photography hobby. When I first started it was just around the time that digital SLR cameras were at a price point where people could afford them. This in part lead to quite a few people taking up this either as hobby or a business that may not have even 5 or 10 years ago. I was a very active member of a large photography forum and during my time on this forum it was quite common for somebody to join up and then in a short period of time want to make this hobby in to a business. Most of these people were middle aged women who took some photos (normally of kids) and then showed them to family and friends, they would get some good feedback on them and think they could make a living from it. This to some extent devalues photography as a medium if a lot of people are doing it. This is not an attack on those people but more an observation. I have heard that this is starting to die down a bit and people are now looking for the next “big thing”, could writing be it? An area where I have seen this happening in the photography hobby is with how people are placing having good / expensive equipment above developing skills. Give me a $100 point and shoot camera and I can almost promise I will produce better photos then somebody less skilled with a $5000 professional digital SLR camera. We are lucky in writing that what we use to produce the result matters a lot less then the end result. In the photography hobby what brand of camera you use in some cases almost matters more than the end result, I doubt anybody cares if this was written on a Compaq laptop, an ASUS net book or an Apple iPad. Finally, if I spend a few hours out taking photos, come home and post some to a photography forum I will receive some feedback on ways to improve them. Some of this is post processing which can easily be changed while other feedback will be with regards to choice of location, time of day and the composition of the image. This can only be changed by going out and shooting the image again. If I post up a writing piece (like I did the other day) any suggestions or changes can easily be made and shared which benefits everybody. We all have the same equipment and locations to work with. I can write the same at 2am as I could at 2pm. Writing does not need any special equipment except pen and paper or a computer. At times I “write” in my head and put it down in hard form later on. Is writing the new photography? I don’t think so yet, but I can see this changing in the next couple of years. I think everybody has a story in them and more people will be writing for enjoyment in the future.