Let me just take a few minutes of your time to hear my story.
Way back in the fall of 2009 I joined this site in order to pay for a Runescape Membership. I kinda liked writing, and wanted to get paid for it, and I also liked Runescape, and kinda wanted to pay, for it, so they just seemed to mesh together perfectly.
And that’s how I got my start writing here: publishing Runescape articles and old schoolwork. It was tough to get my name out there over all the community. Back then there were a lot more high quality writers and a lot more big names. Every once in a while I’d hit just the right spot, and one of my articles would be popular for a few days, usually an event guide or something.
That was back when Triond was fun. I enjoyed the challenge of taking all my writing to the next level, and got a lot of practice in. This year, I scored two 5’s and one 4 on AP tests involving essay writing (AP Lit/Comp, AP Lang/comp, and AP US History, respectively), and I think I owe much of that to my time writing here.
So basically, there were a lot of people, a lot of high quality articles, and a strong community which made Triond a great place to explore new writing styles and really just have a great time writing articles.
I’m not sure when that changed. I don’t know if it was the google update, the sudden thousands of spam articles that flooded out all the good writing that I so enjoyed reading, or maybe just a few bad writers got really popular and it scared the rest of them away, but Triond became a broken place.
Now look at it. A few people writing actual articles, a lot of people simply trolling (it seems like anything can get published), and I’ve only had the chance to really talk to one person since I came back.
Just yesterday, I got an article onto the top content list with 20 views. 20. Back when I was writing more often, namely last summer, I had to get something like 5,000 views to get onto that list. It’s just…. sad. I really loved writing here in this great community, but that once great society of authors, poets, and journalists has died.
Maybe it’s not completely dead, though. There is still a small glimmer of hope. If those of us who are still left here band together and put in our best effort by flagging spam and low quality articles, staying in contact with each other (just to chat and to help improve each other’s works), writing outstanding articles, and recruiting new writers, we really can bring Triond back out of these dark days and move forward.
Who knows? If the community becomes strong again, with more users posting good content, they might even start to update it more, I really did like those monthly special challenges!
Thank you for your time.