15 November 2012

Saying Goodbye to Writer's Digest Community Groups




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,
Brian

Online Editor


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.

12 comments:

  1. I'm very sad too. This community has given me a lot of much needed support and I've made online friends that I don't want to lose.

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    1. Me too! It's so sad they are closing it. They do have the forums but it just isn't the same!

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  2. It is a very sad time. I was one of the initial, what would you call us, trend setters I suppose. that is how I became a featured member of the WD Community site. I was in the initial 5 or 6 people on when it started. I created my two groups and at that time, with my two groups, there were only 5 total groups. My intention was to be so gunho and do mini writing lessons and really put my all into it and I did at first, but it grew so fast and soon there were thousands of people and I just couldn't keep up with all the reading and replies. I got overwhelmed and fell away. when my brother passed I was down and out and couldn't find my writing grove anymore. my groups ran themselves though.

    It's been great meeting you Nicole. You're one of a few I follow diligently. I enjoy your blog a great deal. I hope we can remain in touch and talk writing now and again.

    Mel
    AKA M.L. Falconer
    mlfalconer.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too!! I will keep in touch (just saw your figment message!) and make sure to keep you in the loop about everything too! And thank you so much for keeping up with my blog. I am getting a computer soon so I'll be able to finally read my fellow blogger's blogs more often!

      And I know how it is for trauma to just alter your energy level. I had the same thing happen after one and it hasn't been the same!

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  3. It is a very sad time. I was one of the initial, what would you call us, trend setters I suppose. that is how I became a featured member of the WD Community site. I was in the initial 5 or 6 people on when it started. I created my two groups and at that time, with my two groups, there were only 5 total groups. My intention was to be so gunho and do mini writing lessons and really put my all into it and I did at first, but it grew so fast and soon there were thousands of people and I just couldn't keep up with all the reading and replies. I got overwhelmed and fell away. when my brother passed I was down and out and couldn't find my writing grove anymore. my groups ran themselves though.

    It's been great meeting you Nicole. You're one of a few I follow diligently. I enjoy your blog a great deal. I hope we can remain in touch and talk writing now and again.

    Mel
    AKA M.L. Falconer
    mlfalconer.blogspot.com

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  4. Great having met you, Nicole! I'll still be around here at Blogger though. :)

    See you around. To new beginnings! *toast*

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  5. It's always sad letting go. I just heard about Writer's Digest a few months back and wished I'd known about the community sooner.

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    1. Aww I hate seeing this site end! It gave so much help to people!

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  6. Hello Nicole
    I am bummed too about our community being nuked, but life goes on.
    You have a great site here.
    I wanted to drop by and leave something I found...
    Could be fun.
    http://dramatica.com/community
    Dave Powell

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  7. Hello Nicole
    I am bummed too about our community being nuked, but life goes on.
    You have a great site here.
    I wanted to drop by and leave something I found...
    Could be fun.
    http://dramatica.com/community
    Dave Powell

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    1. Oh I am definitely going to check it out!! Thank you so much for stopping by! It's so nice to see a familiar face!

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