And now I know tons of writers. Some of my best friends are writers. A good part of my social life is going to conventions and interacting with other writers.
Partly that's just because there are now so damn many of us! I wonder if you were to stop a random 100 people in the street how many would say they are or want to be writers? I suppose that depends largely on where the street is. In New York City you'd probably get a much higher percentage than in say, Peoria, Illinois. But even in Peoria, I'll bet there were would be at least a half a dozen.
Writers. We're the new normal.