I am sorry to see the Writer’s Chatroom forum has closed. The Writer’s Chat Room is still around, but the portion I sometimes used, the forum, is no more. I’m just not one for chat. I have to admit I was not very active, but still I will miss it. Many of the writer’s forums I’ve used in the past have closed down, or have become so inactive that they are in effect closed. I miss them. One comes to know fellow forum contributors over time and real friendships can form.
I still remember the screen names of many of the writes who used to frequent the Renderosity writer’s forum. It’s still there, but the members pretty well are not. I cut my teeth on poetry at Renderosity, prompted to take the plunge by tjames in his periodic poetry challenges. Until then it was a form I pretty well tried to avoid.
After much prodding by their users Renderosity eventually opened a Writer’s Gallery. As soon as they did I knew the forum was in trouble. Members still post in the gallery, but they no longer visit the forum. They post their stories, and get comments in the gallery, but there is no banter, no real back and forth discussion on diverse topics. That is not the function of a gallery. Over time the former became a ghost town.
Then the Writer’s Write forum closed down. I was pointed to the WW forum by the self same tjames. I liked it because some of the same folks I had come to know at Renderosity were also members there, so it felt comfortable when I joined. I could also count on some active criticism when I posted something for critique. Gone.
When the Editor Unleashed forum closed it was like a stab to the heart. It was easily the most simpatico forum I’ve ever belonged to and quite a valuable resource. I made some real friends there and did some early promotion of Friday Flash, both through the forum and the blog. Thankfully many of the friends I made there started doing Friday Flash and have stuck with it, so I have not lost touch with them as I have in other cases. Some of them now frequent the Writer’s Digest forum, which thankfully is still kicking.
Do you still go to writer’s forums? Have they become passé?