I did start my on-line writing on a couple of other sites. I won't name names, as that wouldn't be right.
One site welcomed me with open arms, but in the post-Panda turmoil major changes kept happy without any prior warning from the management. We'd suddenly all have to turn on a sixpence, with no rationale. Though things gradually got a little better.
However, I've just visited and learned that they've changed all of article URLs. No redirect, as that's apparently bad practice for Google these days. There was no announcement. Someone found out and brought it up on the forum. We've just all been told to find every bit of site promotion and correct the URLs linking back to our articles there.
Yeah, good luck with that.
Then I wander back into to Wizzley. Just the fact that there are site announcements still makes me gape. Then the team are accessible too!
I feel like little orphan Annie come in from the cold. Still so thrilled to be treated like a human being, that my enthusiasm bubbles over into endless articles and recommendations. I love the community here. Never fighting or kicking off. Never having to anxiously speculate on what terrible thing is happening next. Having a laugh with whatever games our imagination can throw up.
I'm really learning my craft here; and I'm so grateful to everyone who's taken the time to teach me. I know it must be a drain, especially when it's noob stuff and I have a million questions. I just hope that I'm putting back a fraction of what I'm taking. It really is invaluable and apparently across the board.
I'll be honest and say that it's been bloody hard work these past couple of years here. I won't go into the sob stories, but it's not been fun. But finding Wizzley, meeting you lot, has been a breath of fresh air. It's given me back some hope; and renewed my faith in humanity.
It's moments like this that I really appreciate you all and I thought you should know that.