One of the most enjoyable benefits of blogging is that, over time, you come to know other writers, or at least you get an idea of their blogging persona. Subscribing to their blogs and trading comments leads to a sense of camaraderie. There are several bloggers I read faithfully, others that I check out occasionally, some are similar to my own style, many are completely different. But the number has recently decreased for reasons I can’t explain.
Call it the Bermuda Triangle of blogging, but two of the bloggers that I used to read and with whom I used to exchange comments have mysteriously disappeared. These were folks with significant online presences, one of whom posted to WordPress daily and often several times a day on Twitter, the other posted every few days. Then they stopped. Gone.
I have followed other bloggers who decided to take a break, or stop altogether, but they let people know. Neither of these bloggers posted about taking a hiatus, nor did they allude to quitting. They just stopped posting. Of course they have absolutely every right to do as they please. Post, not post, stay, leave, it’s a free world. I just hope they did decide not to continue, and that nothing has happened to them.
They could have switched blogging platforms from WordPress to Blogger or some other, but I assume they would have let their followers know about the move somehow, perhaps via Twitter.
One of these two lived in Malaysia, the other is a fellow Montrealer. Both had excellent blogs that covered a wide range of topics and were accentuated with some fine photography.
Aside from missing their posts, I am puzzled by their sudden David Hemmings-like disappearance.
I do hope they are well.
2 thoughts on “Missing Bloggers”
I’ve had that happen too. Sometimes bloggers put up a message so brief you could easily miss it. Sometimes, life happens and maybe they will come back and explain what happened. There are failed computers, routers, WiFi calamities, broken blogs and links. Which is why I try to have a personal email for people I’ve become online friends with. In case something goes wrong.
Before we alert the NTSB to start a major accident investigation, I recall the latter
posting “old” holiday pictures to maintain the blog’s currency. That is the reason I stopped “following”.
Also, it’s a sad fact, that this “grain of sand” within the internet, most of us occupy with WordPress is tied to our credit cards. Once declined, or no longer renewed, our “internet presence” – no matter how valuable the content is- will be deleted.
A major challenge for university archivists!