When I first started blogging, I had a close bloggy friend who I would confide in and discuss blogging, reading, think up new ideas between each other and chat with regularly on Twitter, Goodreads, email and Facebook. As each of our blogs grew, so did our audiences.
Then, all of a sudden, my bloggy friend went poof and disappeared. I tried reaching out to her through email and all of the other social media channels, sincerely worried that something had happened to her. I contacted her in any way I could, and was worried for months on end. For someone who used to be really active on social media, you’d think that you’d hear something, at least get some hint of why she would disappear, but alas, I never did. Until a couple of months ago, when she reached out after ignoring all of my messages with “hey, what’s up?”. There was no sorry, no this is where I’ve been, no hey I’m okay. After all of my worry that something bad had happened to her, and getting nothing in response, I ended up not talking to this person again.
Perhaps I took it a little bit personally, but that’s my fear with each and every one of you out there. Seeing and hearing from you through your blogs, your comments, and your presence on social media is how we communicate. But what really scares me about not ‘knowing’ you guys in real life, is that if anything bad ever happened to you, and no one posted on your blog/Twitter/etc. we would never know.
I get that real life gets in the way sometimes, and that it becomes busy or we just can’t bring ourselves to blog or keep up with social media anymore. Serious things can happen in our lives and the last thing we feel like doing is reaching out. It happens to all of us. It’s okay and I get it.
Online, bloggy, or not, you are all still my friends. There is nothing more jarring when one of you disappears into the aether and I visit your blog or goodreads/twitter there are no more posts. Just a trace of you and our comments that we have exchanged and I can only hope that you’re out there somewhere, and that you’re okay.
Please, if you’re going to do the disappearing act on us, just let your readers know. All it takes is a quick post to say you can’t blog anymore, state your reasons or not, but at least we’ll have some closure.
Have you ever had someone pull the disappearing act on you?
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