I think it's really gone for good. www.writingup.com was an excellent community for the newbie blogger. I started my first blog there over a year ago, and found that I loved blogging, more for the interaction than I would have thought. We had book discussions and debates, we linked each other and had games. Writing Challenges abounded and people actually got to know one another, more than only by screen moniker.
I've been checking back there from time to time, having made the switch to blogger a while ago, when it seemed destined that the site would eventually be gone for good. In the last few months that site became like a ghost town, a few of the bloggers hung around trying to maintain what we had all built together... Yes, I know John built the site - but anyone could have done what he did, it was the rare commodity of writers with spirit, ideas, and a willingness to openly share without looking for the mythical gold that was promised and only, if made at all, deposited into the site owner's paypal accounts... Well, over the last week I've attempted to stop at some of my favorite old blogs a number of times and the site has not been up at all... not that this is news for writingup, but I tend to doubt at this point that it will ever return.
It was, as I said, a great place to learn. I met more wonderful writers there than I could believe, landed my first paying gigs through references and resources found within the blogs, and had better literary and process discussions than I was able to find since college days... If you look in my blog roll you'll see a number of blogs that are on writingup - hopefully I can replace all of those with the blogger's new sites, because they are all fantastic... If you're stopping by and I haven't got you yet, drop me a link.
For me, I'm bowing my head in a small moment of silence to that little corner of cyberspace that gave me so much to ponder, and new ways to interact in writing...