I miss the Commons

Every now and then I enroll in the Blogging University courses from the Daily Post. The prompts, the daily emails, and the inspiration always made me look forward to sitting behind the keyboard. And of course, to check into the Commons to see what the others are up to.

If you have done such a writing course then you know what I am talking about. If not, the Commons was a blog especially made for all the participants of the course. We could post the link to our work there, discuss writing issues, ask for feedback, ask someone else to help with translations, etc. In other words, it was a wonderful community of fellow writers enrolled in the same course. The Commons was just ours. And now it is gone.

I enrolled in another writing course a few days ago. I opened the email and expected the last sentences to be: More questions? Head over to the Commons! But no, no Commons.

I understand that it is easier, less work for the WP gang behind the Blogging University however, to me the courses have lost their heart: the writing community is scattered.

Despite a designated hashtag it is more difficult to find each other and we have lost that feedback opportunity where we could discuss just among ourselves details about our work in progress. It has made me realize how important it is to have that writing community.

If you too feel that the Commons was important you may wish to let the Daily Post gang know. Maybe we can get it back if enough people express their disappointment. Maybe it is just me but if not, please voice your opinion on your blog as well.

Cheers!

11 thoughts on “I miss the Commons

  1. We ultimately opted to change the format of Blogging U. because many more people wanted the opportunity to follow the courses than we were able to accommodate. We’re always thinking about ways to carve out spaces where people can connect with one another; we know the current options aren’t the same, but are balancing that with the far great number of bloggers we can help now.

    We totally agree that the community aspect is important — we’re working to create more spaces for that to happen on The Daily Post, and to highlight other blogging communities and help bloggers make connections with one another/establish their own communities. We’ll continue iterating and trying new ways to give y’all this kind of space, and welcome your feedback on what works and what doesn’t.

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    1. I understand completely. Things change, the blogosphere expands, and you have to keep accommodating everyone. These are just my regrets because I met a lot of bloggers in the Commons. I will still keep checking the Blogging University. Thank you for commenting and for giving feedback.

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      1. I think so, too! It was a good place to find other’s writing, and get to know them a little, plus get any questions answered and good feedback. Surprising it’s gone away.

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