If you have read Joshilyn Jackson's blog, Martha O'Connor's or any of several others concerning the changes at the Momwriters (tm) list, then you may skip this post. If you aren't one iota concerned about the demise of a listserve, you may also skip this post.
Hey, it's a free country and you don't have to read everything :-)
Momwriters (tm) is a Yahoo list I have been for about five years. I have gotten to know many of the women on there (although with 1500 members now, it's not nearly as cozy as it used to be). I have given writing advice, received some myself, and contributed to everything from the Help fund to just general needs.
However, a couple days ago, the listowner decided to start charging a fee to be on the list. I'm all for capitalism, but am vehemently opposed to charging anyone to receive advice that has been freely given BY CHOICE by the membership for some time. I understand the costs of running a business, being self-employed myself, but do not agree with this approach.
And I'm sad. I really, really enjoyed the list, and though I tried a hundred times to go no mail, I couldn't do it for more than a couple of days. I don't necessarily post often (writing six books a year does keep one a tad busy :-) but I do read nearly every digest.
I'm going to sorely miss the list. I simply don't agree with the new policy and can't, in good conscience, pony up my $60 to stay with something I don't agree with, no matter how many women I like in that group.
It's too bad. A community that had been fostered on sharing and support has been fractured permanently by the introduction of money.
If you are a member of the list and reading this, and you want to join the refugee list, :-), then come here: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/thewritingmother/
If you want to post a comment on my blog, there's no charge ;-) but please be a nice person, since my kids are often reading over my shoulder.
Now, back to work. No FreeCell today. Uh...maybe.