I frequent both a writing forum and a photography forum, and I can’t help but notice some things. Similarities: Both hobbies are extremely creative, time cheap for those who don’t want to do much, but time intensive for those who want to be professional quality, and attractive for people who want to turn their hobby into their job. Both hobbies are easy to get into but very difficult to perfect. For those who want to turn it into a profession, both are very difficult to break into; and both are very unstable, unreliable, low paying (unless you're a big name), stressful jobs. Differences: One is a visual medium and one is a written medium. Writing is more time intensive, but less cost intensive. Writing is a private activity while a large chunk of photography requires, or at least encourages social interaction. One keeps you inside while the other kicks you outside. One requires mechanical skills bordering on engineering in order to perfect, while the other is almost purely cerebral. Observations: The photography forums have a larger membership, and a higher percentage of professionals among its membership. The photography forum membership is more apt to give “how to” tips, while the Writing Forum membership is more apt to give general advice on needed skill sets. The writing forum membership is more courteous and supporting than the photography forum membership. Disclaimer: My observations are based mostly off of two specific forums, but I have looked around enough to think that they are representative. I’m sure there are places out there that don’t fit with my observations though. Question: Why is the atmosphere and disposition of the two different groups so different when there are so many significant similarities?