I don’t tend to get flustered over losing followers, but if I lose some immediately after posting an explaination about not being online due to real life commitments, it disheartens me to think that they might have unfollowed due to being unable to accept that real life comes before roleplay.
It’s starting to feel more and more like people are assuming that everyone turns to roleplay as an escape from a crappy home life. I fully understand that many people do, but to think that everyone does is a huge misconception. It’s like this can’t even be just a fun hobby anymore. And if you’re not using it as an escape, I’ve seen people assume that means you have no respect for the people who are.
Just because “it happens in real life” doesn’t mean it’s compatible for roleplay. For example that’s the defense often found for when a roleplayer doesn’t give you enough to go off of in a reply. Well, yeah, in real life someone might say nothing. But in real life that other person might leave, too. And since you don’t always want a roleplay to end right then with someone just walking off, sometimes it makes sense to play a little more like fiction. Since that is what rp is.
Sometimes I worry that by RPing all the time I’m not really living my life. Or that I’m living through my characters and that one day I’ll get sick of that but it’ll be too late to do any of the things my characters did because I’ll be too old..