I hate to admit it, but I actually miss the Triond forums, and I was never a big proponent of those forums. I miss all the craziness, and I hope I managed to help a few others whenever I did pop onto the forums.
I never considered myself a regular on the Triond forums. I’d pop in from time to time, mostly to offer what I hoped was solid advice to those learning the ropes of writing and publishing. I write for a living and worked as a newspaper editor for 20 years, so I suppose that makes me a professional writer one way or another, and I wanted to help those who were willing to take advice.
The Triond forums were, to be frank, awful. Full of trolls and worse. It was not a place I wanted to spend much time. In truth, I found it mostly a waste of time. But I also realize I was not necessarily on Triond to make friends or have fun. I was on Triond to make a few extra bucks each month through my writing. To me, Triond was just one more tool, a small part of my larger writing career.
Obviously, many others hung out in the Triond forum for different reasons than my own, and I don’t hold that against them. To each their own, I say.
But the Triond forums have been gone for a few months now, and I’ve discovered I actually miss those crazy often perverted forums. Though I didn’t take part in the madness, sometimes it was fun simply to see what was going on, to catch up on what inanity and insanity was taking place on any given day.
Also, I’d like to think I helped a few people here and there on the forums.
I always try to be upfront and professional about writing when dealing with beginners, but maybe I missed out by not taking part in the mass madness. Or maybe not. If the forums started up again today, I probably wouldn’t behave any differently, to be honest.
Will the forums ever return? In all likelihood, probably not. The creators of Triond don’t seem all that interested in investing in the site. They treat it more as if it’s a headache, and I suppose I can’t blame them.
Still, I think Triond could be a much improved site than what it is now. I just don’t hold out much hope for such happening.