I received some disappointing news last week that Writer's Digest will be closing down their community. Although they still have a separate active forum, I find myself a little bit sad.
Here's an excerpt from the email I received (you can also read this on the main page of the community site)
Hey WD Community Members, It's with a heavy heart that I announce that the WD Community site on the Ning network (this site) is coming to an end on November 30. (NOTE: This does NOT impact WritersDigest.com or WritersMarket.com). We're glad this site was able to help so many writers connect with each other.
Be sure to copy any of the content you placed on this site
that you want to keep because on November 30 the site will be shut down and all content
will be gone. Thanks again for making the WD Community site on the Ning network such a fun and inspiring place. We hope to carry on the writing conversations over at WritersDigest.com and on the Writer's Digest Forum.
Take care of yourself and your writing,
I'm very sad to see the community go. I met so many writers on that site that I now consider friends. I also learned about the writing process and had so many fun opportunities to flex my creative muscle. It's difficult and takes time to develop a connection to a community, even an online one. And for this online venue, I felt that connection. Yet, so often it's me that leaves it behind, but now I am feeling even more sad, because instead, it's the platform itself going away.
It reminds me of when I was in high school and I hung out with the same crowd until my senior year. We also hung out at the same table, too. But that was until my last year of high school when the school took the table away and we had to eat somewhere else. Although we were all the same people, it just didn't feel the same. Some left to find other people to hang out with, some didn't come around as much. It just wasn't the same.
So, goodbye dear Community. And while I am certain I will see most of my Writer's Digest friends elsewhere, I am sad to see the venue will have to change and I'm afraid it just won't feel the same anymore.
But of course, with any ending, is a new beginning. And for that, I am hopeful.