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.