I've been blogging for a long time. When you blog for as long as I have, you make friends in this wonderful place known as the “blogosphere.” I’ve had a ton of friends and we read and comment on each other’s posts, link to each other’s sites, share advice, start writing and photography challenges. Many of us have even met, multiple times, in real life and gone to concerts together, had drinks, shared fantastic Chicago pizza. It can be a tight family.
As time goes by, though, that number of friends can wane. There are a variety of reasons why this happens, too. Social media allure, family lives, work life, a lack of inspiration or desire, etc.
Some of those people just disappear entirely leaving their blogs still alive on the web teasing you with a “will they or won’t they” mentality about their return. Others actually announce that they're leaving prior to deleting their sites entirely.
Whatever the reason, it happens. And it's no different than when you lose touch with school and work friends and whoever else.
But I always get a little sad when I have to update my blogroll and RSS subscriptions because, to quote Freddie Mercury, "another one bites the dust." Especially when you were certain that they would never leave. Yes, there are a handful of people that I think will never quit blogging until death do they part. I even think there are some that have a handful of posts scheduled to go live in the event that happens. Heh heh. I'm looking at you, Dave2.
So when you lose those ones you never thought would go, it really sucks. Even if they have been mostly quiet for a long time and have actually announced that they're going to quit, they just needed to pull the trigger.
One of those proverbial triggers was pulled earlier this week by my blogsis, Sizzle, on her blog Sizzle Says. I know she has said for a while she was done and she's taken creative leaves from her blog in the past and I know her reasons and agree with them and I am still in touch with her on Twitter and Facebook and I'm pretty sure I even have her cell phone and home address should Katie and I ever get our butts to Seattle. But it still sucks knowing that the greatness that has, since February 2005, been Sizzle Says will soon be gone.
Love ya, blogsis. You will be missed here in the Blogosphere. You've been an inspiration. Even to a hack writer like myself.
Now how the hell do I update my blogroll?