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Sunday, July 19, 2015

I miss the bloggers...

Yesterday, I saw somebody mention on Facebook how much they missed the blogging days before FB and Twitter.  I agree.  The connections just seemed deeper, the information more interesting. But then it seemed we were all just so busy... and still are.

Yet so much has happened over time that trying to capture it in 140 characters or less seems impossible.

I miss the days of long, thoughtful posts by Natasha Fondren, Stewart Sternberg, Charles Gramlich, Sidney Williams, Steve Malley, Edie Ramer, Avery DeBow, Wayne Sallie, Jon Zech (so very missed!), and so many others.  Granted, several people do still post to their blogs, but the days of sharing of an active blogging community appear to be behind us.

And sadly, I'm as guilty as anybody for neglecting it all. Yet reading about Randy Johnson's passing on July 12, which was also Jon Zech's birthday, has made me a little nostalgic today and caused a few tears to fall.

Yet time marches on. We run, we stumble, we fly, we fall. Then get up again and again until the day we do it for the final time.

Here's hoping we all fly at the last.

8 comments:

  1. Becky, I'm sorry about your friend. I miss Natasha's blogs, too. And I miss yours. I think FB has caused a lot of this. But the thing is that FB is kind of superficial for the most part. And FB isn't letting as many of our 'friends' or people who 'liked' our pages see everything. So I think I might try blogging a bit more. Maybe one day a week... I think I can do that and see what happens.

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    1. Thanks, Edie. Since I was missing everyone yesterday, I told myself to make a commitment to blogging at least one day a week also - we can try that. :)

      Part of the problem is that I barely blogged much even when I was blogging regularly (maybe 2x a month) and now it's been maybe 2 times a year! Life has been moving at such a fast pace -- some good, some bad -- that it's felt as if I haven't had either the time or energy to blog, nor to keep track of everyone else. :(

      On top of that, I just started a new job that has been taking a toll - once more working 50 - 80 hours a week. :( But that's a story for another time. :)

      Meanwhile, we can still shoot for at least one day a week!

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  2. Yes, the blogosphere has certainly been greatly diminished in the last few years. and the loss of folks like Randy, and like Ron Scheer before that, has taken a toll. I'm still blogging, but not nearly as much

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    1. I'm glad you're still blogging, Charles. I do still try to read them, even if I don't always comment - and that's because I'm usually just able to get a quick look from my phone in between work obligations. :(

      Add to that the loss of blogger friends, the abandonment of blogs in favor of Facebook, and it does take the energy out of it.

      Oh, well. Write on, friends! Maybe we can try to bring some of it back. :)

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  3. We are trying hard to hang on to the blog - I love the creativity it allows me - stories with photos, the ability to write, etc. I'd miss it too much if it was truly gone.

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    1. I know what you mean, Christine! I'd miss your blog, too, if it were gone.

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  4. I'm so with you. Count me in on the guilt. It was my intention to blog this year, with essays planned to commemorate the ending of WWII 70 years ago. I started off ok, then...well, stuff and things.

    Now I'm just out of the habit. Once in awhile, like today, I roll through some old friends in Feedly just to see who might have shared a thought. But there just aren't that many left.

    Trav's Thoughts is still there, but not by much.

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    1. Good grief, Travis! It's only taken me 6 months to respond! I hope you are well.

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