When TVWriter™ first started, the heart and soul of the site was our Message Board. Writers at all levels posted questions and answers and rants, but only twice in its entire 10+ year history was anyone asked to leave and never darken our door again. Because we were all colleagues, in the trenches together, fighting the fight for truth, justice, and art and reserving our darkest vitriol for the “suits.”
Tens of thousands of posts on every imaginable topic gave genuine weight to our community. But the parade of history – and tech – never stops, and by 2008 or so it was clear that the Board had peaked and was on the decline. Since then, the number of new members and conversations has dwindled as social networks and the blog format grew into the online communication vehicles of choice.
During the last year the Board gained only a dozen new members, and the number of new posts dropped to a single digit percentage of what it had been just a few years ago, and even I stopped visiting. A few nights ago I had a dream in which the Board itself, personified by a Mr. Peanut kind of character wearing a wrap-around sign that looked like the image above, came into my office to hand in his resignation…but before he could do so he thudded to the oak floor. Dead.
So yesterday I gave in to the inevitable and disabled the Message Board’s sad ghost. Re-set the domain it occupied – screenandtvwriting.com – so that it would send those who came there back here to the main site instead. Then I took down the link to the Board that had been in our righthand index. I knew that I should have felt sad, but I didn’t. It was the end of one era, but the beginning of another.
Because TVWriter™ lives on, larger, fresher, filled with vitality. Our soul is right here, at the main site. This blog and its visitors and guest posters and staff. We’re alive and very, very well, with more traffic than at any other time since we began. The gang that hung out on the Message Board hangs out here now, and on our Facebook page, with more television and screenwriters and fans than ever before, encouraging Team TVWriter™ and our visitors to learn and grow and teach and, most of all, write, write, write.
Thanks for continuing to move into the future with us. Our hats are off to all of you, the TV showrunners and staffers of today and tomorrow.