One of my greatest joys is opening up my blog to see a handful of bloggers have written a new post moving their blog name to the top of my reading list. It means that I will learn something, laugh, nod knowingly and just plain enjoy myself for the time it takes me to read and sometimes comment on their post. It also gives me a few minutes or more of pleasure later when I check back to see if a response has been given. That is why when I find a blog I like, I add it to the reading list widget so that I know automatically when a new post has been posted. But after awhile, my reading list gets quite long and the updated blogs get fewer and further apart. Eventually I suspect something is wrong and do an audit on all the blogs that I have linked to in my sidebar.
Going through my blog reading list, I sound several blogs that no longer exist and their links now lead me to that website that buys up all defunct websites. It was a sad affair to have to remove those links knowing that they won't be back.
Then there are the handful of bloggers that still have sites but haven't updated them, one of them for a couple of years. One of them I know was going through a personal problem and wrote me back to let me know that they would get back to blogging when times were easier. I hope they have even if they haven't taken up blogging again.
Two bloggers that I knew were getting along in years and just stopped writing. I always fear the worse for those type of situations and think blogger should come up with some sort of fail safe mechanism. We could write our own eulogy of sorts and it stays in draft form until a set amount of time passes when we don't login into blogger and it publishes itself to say goodbye to everyone. That way we aren't left wondering if the worst has happened.
Two more bloggers aren't that old and have mysteriously stopped posting for reasons unknown. What tragedy has happened in their lives?
A few blogs were kind enough to warn people that they were going to stop blogging. I always keep them around because if it is on my list, I really enjoy reading it and perhaps one day they will come back to the blogging fold. A couple have but sadly, a couple more that have stayed true to their word.
It is funny that these people whom I only know by words written on a screen have become a kind of family to me. Enough that I miss them when they aren't there anymore. For all those I have deleted their defunct links, I hope you come back to blogging again sometime. For those who mysteriously just stopped with blogs still up on the web, I hope you are still among the land of the living. If not, send me a sign from the other side so I can finally remove your link too.