Saturday, January 21, 2006

Dropping Like Flies

Blogs have been disappearing lately. Some bloggers are taking announced or unannounced breaks. I tend to pop these blogs in the "other" category on my links page along with blogs I seldom visit. Some bloggers kill their blogs and/or say that they have quit blogging. For these I have created a "Blog Cemetery".

This is kind of silly but I have my reasons. Three blogs I regularly read died in one week. It's an epidemic.

Blog owners can do what they want with their blogs. As readers we can comment and politely complain once in a while, but shouldn't push too hard. We all know how hard it is to keep writing sometimes.

For the most part our online friends are familiar strangers. We know them only through blogs, comments, and sometimes other means. We don't "really" know them but we have been influenced by them. They became a part of our lives. When they disappear or become more distant we do notice and feel a loss.

I got a shock last night when I popped into Phony Nowhere. Sam decided to quit blogging. I was a bit upset because I enjoyed reading the blog and occasionally helping Sam. I respect his decision but I also understand why I felt the way I did. We have to respect ourselves too.

I have seen many blogs that I wasn't interested in. I tend to be a picky reader and choose my blogs carefully. Losing any of "my" blogs is troublesome. Losing three is a pain.


LJ said...

I thought I was the only one experiencing "Blog Drop Out". So many of my favourite reads are slowing down, moving off, or just plain disappearing. I don't like it one bit, and I feel unfaithful if I don't keep dropping in on them in the hopes they've updated. What's a fellow blogger to do?

Mick in the UK said...

Hi Leon,

Don't get downhearted about blog drop out.

My blog may return in the future, but I am using my free time compiling the family tree (with links in Vancouver and Victoria) and at the moment blogging was getting in the way.

I will keep popping in mate.

Leon said...

Mick - thanks.

Yeah, I shouldn't, but we do get used to our routines. The good point about this is that someone notices when a blogger disappears. Going unnoticed would be worst.