Over the year I have seen a large number of bloggers disappear. It is frightening how many. Sometimes I wonder about them, and just as I would a neighbour, I think I should make an inquiry as to how they are, or even fill out a police report!
It is always sad to lose someone you have enjoyed “getting to know”. Sometimes at random times in the day I will think about them and wonder, where did they go? Did they get sick? Or did they just move on with life, leaving us in the past forever.
In my year only once did I actually go and find out, and I am glad I did, (you know who you are!). I follow another blog and it has been quiet some time. She was not in the best of situations, and I must admit I am concerned when I think of her.
Thankfully on a few occasions bloggers have emailed me to say Goodbye, and though it’s sad to see them go it’s good to get a goodbye, at least I know what they planned.
As I write this I think of the bloggers I know who are blogging many years. How many “friends” have they lost over the years?
When I began blogging a few of these older bloggers (not in terms of age!) were most kind and supportive to me. They still are. How can they not be cynical of new bloggers. Even myself, a relative newbie, sometimes sees a new blogger but in time I think, “I bet you wont last”.
What keeps a blogger blogging?
I have no idea. I have read numerous posts about bloggers losing the love for blogging or finding it a chore or a stress. Will they get through it? Will those feelings be the beginning of the end? I sometimes wonder and if it’s a blog I really enjoy I nearly panic.
For myself this blog is still a great joy for me. I love the opportunity it gives me to write, and the chance to read what others write, and engage in banter and conversation. It has brought me to beautiful places through the photography blogs I follow. Allowed me to read poetry I have so enjoyed. Made me laugh at cartoons and fun, and made me cry, fear, loath and admire through posts I have read.
The only thing this blog has never given me is a wage! Maybe I’ll figure that one out next year.
To all those who I have met on my journey I say it’s been great craic. To those who have gone AWOL, I miss you, and to those of you who I have yet to meet, I’m looking forward to getting to know you.
At the moment my life is very busy. I am trying to keep up with writing and reading, so even if I am a little less around than I have been don’t worry, I’m going nowhere.
And if you ever are really worried about me, or care, just check out my facebook page. I post some aul nonsense there most days.