Blogging is an interesting way to meet people. We all start to blog for different reasons and indeed we blog about different things. Still, over time, we find people who blog about similar things or at least things that we find interesting. We exchange comments. Gradually we establish a relationship! Over time they start to become friends. We share our most intimate thoughts and really become our most vulnerable. We receive support and encouragement. It is remarkable how invested we become in each other’s lives!
And then they disappear! Sometimes they remove their blog and at other times they just stop blogging and disappear! Their blogs remain–silent and inactive–a constant reminder of their former presence. And it’s like losing a dear friend–like a friend went on a trip and then you never see or hear from them again. No way to say good bye. No way to hear them one last time! Just gone!!
Blogging is a neat thing. When I started I hoped that people would read and comment. I hoped that I had something that at least a few people might find interesting, intriguing or even educational! I never expected to make friends. That was the added bonus. And it truly is a bonus!!
But I suppose with any good there is also bad. So I’m calling these blogging friends who disappear “blogger deaths”. In many respects what I feel is similar to what I experience at the loss of a friend. A sadness, and a sense of being abandoned. A knowledge that someone I’ve shared intimately with (if only ideas and my thoughts) is gone and I will likely not hear from them again. This is the painful side of blogging.