Bloggers start blogging for different reasons. Bloggers stop blogging for various reasons as well. Sadly, some don’t make the choice to stop; the choice is made for them if you know what I mean. I’m guessing you do.
“Disease bloggers” (sorry, couldn’t think of anything better to call us) are undoubtedly an even more tightly-knit group than many blogosphere communities for obvious reasons.
This is exactly why when fellow bloggers I’ve been following for quite some time decide to pull the plug on their blogging; I have mixed emotions about it. I feel this way when regular commenters fall away as well. I wonder sometimes what became of them. I wonder if they’re still reading and what made them decide to stop commenting. We bloggers get attached; the bonds formed are very real.
Recently Stacey, of Bringing Up Goliath fame, decided to walk away from blogging. Before that The Accidental Amazon did as well. Being Sarah and Breast Cancer Sisterhood also are no longer homes to current blog posts, though of course many of their posts are timeless. If you haven’t visited these sites, it’s worth your time to do so.
I mention these particular blogs because I started reading them way back when. There are others who’ve chosen to stop along the way as well.
I noticed that when these bloggers I mentioned made the big decision to move on, most commenters immediately jumped right in there and fully supported the decisions.
As for me, I was dragging my feet. I didn’t jump right in; I held back.
I admit it, I wasn’t entirely happy to see any of them pull away.
Of course on the one hand, I was and am thrilled for all my blogging buddies (and commenters) who decide to disengage. I truly am. I support their decisions one hundred percent and completely understand their reasons for wanting to be done for a while, or even for good.
Despite feeling thrilled, I’m also a little sad whenever I hear about such a decision – for purely selfish reasons I admit. I miss reading their posts. I miss reading their comments on mine and on posts written by others as well. I miss that interaction even though I know we’ll still keep in touch. I know we are still out there for each other.
Undoubtedly, one day I’ll be hanging up my blogger’s hat too. But for now, I’ll keep wearing it.
What motivates me to keep going? I guess that’s a post for another day.
Even though saying goodbye to favorite blogs, even temporarily, hurts a little; this is a good thing.
It hurts because we care; and if and when someone decides to blog or not to blog, the caring part doesn’t end.
And that’s the best blogging gift of all.
How do you feel when a favorite blogger of yours decides to stop blogging?
How many blogs do you read regularly?
If you blog, feel free to share your link and tell us why you started or stopped blogging.