The online writing site, Yarny, has announced that they are shutting down Nov. 15th. They were originally developed for people who were doing NaNoWriMo — and I wrote my first two NaNo novels on the site — so it’s especially poignant that they will be closing right in the middle of NaNoWriMo. If you have an account with them, you’ll need to login and backup your work. I spent a couple of hours today deleting my projects on the site. The trash does not self-empty. Every single snippet you delete remains in the trash until you delete from the trash, AND something to be aware of is that if you have multiple projects, each project has a separate trash can, so even if the trash appears empty, you may still have files lingering in the trash in another project.
I haven’t used Yarny much lately so though deleting everything for five projects piece by piece (no mass deletion functions), was tedious, I had everything backed up. I used Yarny for all my writing for over 2 years, the second year I was a paid subscriber. The reason I didn’t continue as a premium user and why I gradually stopped using it was that in the two and a half or so years I used it daily, the only improvement I saw was that it stopped crashing so much. No additional features were added, and I’m not talking about a lot of flashy stuff, but really basic things that affected usability and user experience. Yarny was a brilliant idea which had a lot of potential that was largely unrealized. I’m sad to see it go.
I don’t have a lot of luck with online writing platforms. They tend to sink underneath me, deteriorate, or in a variety of ways become unusable. I think it has to do with the type of sites I’m attracted to. Typically they have a small user base, are relatively newish, and the writing platform they offer is fairly basic, though the sites always have some unique features that I like and find useful. Unfortunately I haven’t found a good replacement for Yarny. My current online writing platform is good, but doesn’t have anything nifty about it to make me love it. Yarny was a nifty idea.