Sure, I spoke too soon. But it feels great.
My previous blog post was a repost of something I'd written for the Professonal Copywriters' Network. We all thought it was going to close at the end of the year, but our beloved PCN has been saved. 'Rumours of my demise' and all that...
Discovering that the end of 2016 may have brought with it the end of the PCN hit me hard. It felt almost like someone I knew had died.
My second thought, after 'oh no', was - to my great shame - 'where am I going to rehost my blog posts?' I'm proud of the pieces that the PCN has published. The prospect of them being taken offline wasn't exactly appealing.
I hold my hands up, I acted in haste. That first post was republished here quicker than you can say 'professional copywriter'.
Luckily for me, many other copywriters had the same 'oh no!' moment. And together, we tried to find a way to save the PCN. Thank goodness for that.
It all happened very quickly. We knew we had a PCN until the end of the year - even so, the campaign to keep it alive moved forward at a rate of knots. Almost no sooner had the 'PCN is closing announcement gone out than the 'PCN is not closing' news arrived. It's amazing what people can do.
Community is important to us. Sure, we'll point out your typo and move your apostrophe, but we stick together. When it matters most, we are there. We copywriters look out for our own, and the PCN is a natural 'union' of sorts.
You'll spot my name on the list of people who are going to keep the PCN alive. Eek.
Now, I am not completely responsible for this. From my perspective, I retweeted a couple of things and generally made supportive noises, and that was about it. This was not my accomplishment and I will not take credit for leading the revival. I may find it hard to be as involved as many of the others, but I will do my best.
Long live the PCN and all who sail in her.