We would be. Except for one litte thing - the real-world rockstars also have fans online, their materials i.e music online, and still have forums where people trash talk and obsess over them. Not much of a difference with the advent of the Internet, huh.
but it would be more fun (and lucrative) to be a rock star like Mick Jaggar (who has managed to live to be an "aging" and yet very wealthy rock star) than it is to be me. (I wonder if Mick Jagger has secretly found his real calling by being a Hubber. ).
I'd like some groupies. All I have outside my door right now are a bunch of workers and giant, yellow, pieces of equipment - installing a sewer system on my street. The house is definitely rockin', though.
Personally, I feel more like the person who practices in the garage until the neighbors call the police and who MIGHT get a few gigs at local bars now and then. I suppose I'd really be slightly higher on the ladder since I do make a living at it, but not much higher.
Yes, I think writers are the rock stars of the online world in that, just as in music, it's placement and exposure that really define your success. While good writers are more likely to rise, it's not necessarily only good ones that make it to the top, and many who are good enough to be at the top don't make it there.