Anybody who picks up a pen, pencil, crayon or places their hands on a keyboard is a writer. I keep telling myself that. It doesn't hurt though when somebody else is willing to publish the stuff that you write. That feels really good. I have had a number of flash fiction, fiction, and creative nonfiction stories published and finally just signed my first book contract - hurray! I've won a contest and I've had a story performed in a podcast. Those kinds of things are quite validating! I love telling a good story :-)
That said, I think it's sort of an ego indulgence to have a website and I would say I'm indulging my ego except I'm feeling very awkward. There are times when an Internet presence is helpful. This is mine.
To be honest, my stories are more interesting than me! ;-)
During quarantine I've also been getting into lots of fanfiction - some of it is really good... really! I've also gotten into music... maybe not as good, but fun, so be sure to stop by and listen to a couple of songs. That has been an extraordinarily good time for me and everyone wants an audience... unless they throw tomatoes!