Next Monday, January the 20th, 200 Words a Day becomes The Co-Writers.
Choosing a name wasn't easy. It had to represent what we stand for as a writing community while remaining simple.
Some propositions were considered: The Writing Club, The Writing Cafe, We Writers... but unfortunately they were all already taken by different websites, and so I decided to come up with something else.
The choice of a startup name is restricted by the availability of the corresponding domain names, and after many trials, I settled on The Co-Writers. The .com domain was available. I bought cowriters.app as well to shorten the size of our URLs, and the handle @TheCoWriters was also available on Twitter. It's short, easy to remember, and meaningful.
The prefix co comes from Latin, meaning together, mutually, in common. That's because I want the community to come first in the product vision. You can write by yourself, but I think you'll earn and learn much more by collaborating with others.
Obviously, it's all about writing: I had to put it somewhere in the name, hence the word "writers". The noun is plural to emphasize it's a community.
cowriters.com was already taken, so I just added the in front. After all, there is no other space like ours.
Brandon Wilson, the streak officer, noted that the word co-writer sounds a bit corporate. I think it's a good thing though: if you want to get better at writing, you have to take it seriously. As Stephen King proposes, you don't have to be a serious person, but you have to be serious about writing. Anybody can write, this is not a special skill: there is no improvement possible without a bit of discipline.
The domain change will take effect before Monday. You won't have to change anything on your end, all your old 200wordsaday.com links will remain active. They will just automatically redirect to the corresponding cowriters.app URL.
I'll also unveil next week the new writing product I've been working on.
It's a new phase for the platform, and I hope it will benefit you all. We are lucky to live in an age where writing is an incredible power. People will pay you to write for their companies, to receive your teachings, or to be part of your literary world. All you need is a laptop, consistency, and people believing in you, so let's become co-writers and improve together.