Thursday, August 15, 2013

If You Quit Bloging, Would You Say Goodbye?

A few days ago, I spent a little time cleaning up areas of my blog. And one of the areas I focused on was the list of blogs that I follow. Some are very active. Some less. Some are updated regularly. Some infrequently. And some have simply *POOF* disappeared.

No farewell.
No so long.
No see you later.

Just *POOF* and they’re gone.


Over the years, I’ve met many bloggers from different cities and countries. And grown quite fond of some of them. We share stories and jokes and photographs and tidbits of our lives, and develop relationships with one another, albeit ‘virtual’ ones.


When they up and POOF disappear without saying a word, I wonder what has happened to them, particularly the ones that I interacted with regularly. Did they get tired of blogging? Are they too busy?

Or...did something...tragic happen?

You can’t help but wonder.

I think that if I ever decided to quit blogging, I would let my readers know, and bid them a fond farewell.

Would you do the same? Or simply disappear? Never to be heard from again...


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  1. I'd have to do my final " swan song " if I were going to give it up - can't imagine leaving without saying goodbye!
    XOXO

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    1. I can't imagine either, Suzan. I've made friends with people online, and I wouldn't want to just disappear on them.

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  2. I know some that just delete their entire blog page. Oy. I cannot do that. I'd have to say see ya folks. And while I never thought I'd like blogging, I really enjoy it a great deal, and don't see myself stopping just yet.

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    1. I enjoy it as much as you do, and don't see myself stopping anytime soon. And just deleting my blog and vanishing would never happen!

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  3. If I choose to stop blogging, I would definitely put up a "farewell" post. On the other hand, if I got unexpectedly hit by a bus, I wouldn't be able to do that. Hmmm. They say it's a good idea to leave all your internet accounts and passwords in a list for your executor or another person so they can access your electronic life and wind things up for you.

    P.S. Great blogging cartoons!

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    1. If cats would blog, eh? Hahaha...

      I think it's a great idea to have someone wrap up your electronic files. At the very least, people wouldn't wonder about what happened.

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  4. I've had a few people come back, though 99% of them left soon after.

    I don't plan on ever stopping. If there was something that would affect my time or something I'd post something to give notice.

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    1. In my opinion, posting a notice is good manners. You don't have to, but it's a nice gesture.

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  5. I know I'm not the best blogger, but if I quit I'd say something first. I like Debra's response and will have to make a list for if I get squished.

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    1. Debra's idea is great. At least someone would take care of that business for you.

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  6. I can't even stop blogging for a couple days without warning people about it first. If I ever abruptly stop blogging without any notice, I have definitely died, become critically ill, been kidnapped, had to flee the country, or something along those lines.

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    1. I know! I've been following your blog since the beginning and know very well that you give notice to people. I really like that. It's good manners.

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  7. I find it difficult when people simply vanish. I wonder why, and tend to think the worse. I miss them.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. You always tend to think the worst.

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  8. Hi Martha! Great post and great cartoons! When I started blogging, I had no idea that people who read my blog would actually care about me. And that I would care about them. I would definitely let people know if I were going to stop permanently. I learned last March that if I disappeared a certain dog would hunt me down. Now I try to let people know if something is going on and try to keep them updated. Crazy summer, but I'm back now. Hope you have been having a great summer.

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    1. Still got my Doodle eyes on you , Louise. There's now getting away ever!!

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    2. At least there's Sophie to hunt you down and find you for us...LOL... Well, I certainly appreciate when my favourite bloggers just let us followers know that they'll be gone for awhile, or quitting the blogging world.

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  9. Oh I most definitely would say goodbye. I have developed a lot of blogging relationships so I couldn't imagine never saying goodbye :)

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    1. I would do the same. We do develop relationships with people around the world. Seems so harsh to just drop out of sight without a word.

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  10. Great post Martha! I am sure I would bid farewell if I was to stop this blogging thing.
    The cartoon really resonates for me....after my accident I was so happy to discover the blog world with Ron's help/push!! It really helped with my rehabilitation.

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    1. And you have made so many friends on that blog, too. I certainly hope you are around for quite some time to come.

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  11. Yeah, I'd want to say good-bye. If I could. If I go belly up, I'd like to think my hubby or one of my kids would put a final note on my blog for me.

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    1. Saying good-bye just lets people know that you haven't gone belly up!

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  12. Last time I took a bloggin break I didn't say good bye, realised it was the nicest thing to do and lost a heap of virtual friends in the process. Next time I'll be sure to let people know.

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    1. Some people don't take well to be left hanging like that. I don't think bloggers owe anyone anything, but it is a nice gesture.

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  13. Hi Martha, I came to you via Francie's blog. I had a blogging break earlier this year, and did leave a message saying I was doing this. When I started up again I was thrilled, and humbled, that my blogging friends were there waiting for me. You are right, you do wonder what happened to people who suddenly disappear.

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    1. Hi Tracey, and thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I think that when you leave a message about taking a break, readers appreciate it so much that they'll start following you again if you return. It's good manners, really.

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  14. I do not think I ever want to quit, but if I did I would tell people, if something happened to me I would like to think my sis or bff would post my good bye for me.
    Right now I am a bit slow catching up on all, just waiting for things to get back to normal (or at least stay like it is so I am can catching up on my blogs and other projects) What I miss most is reading the blogs (really love pictures and jokes lol) but like the stories too.
    I have to remember to just read one post per day per blog (help with stats) instead of reading all I missed in one day. A little sad it took me a while to figure that one out!
    Well got to go! Have one more blog to visit before bed ;)
    Alice

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    1. I really enjoy blogging, and also have no intention on quitting. And like you, I would definitely inform my followers.

      I hope things get back to normal for you soon enough!

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  15. I have stopped blogging and I have let people know. Right now there is a blogger I am quite worried about because she just stopped posting. She has been experiencing health problems so I am extra concerned.

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    1. Oh, I do hope she's okay. It's that sudden disappearance that makes you wonder if something has happened.

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  16. I am here for ever I think. I have been blogging since about 2005 ? and it is part of my life. My Hub even reads it so he knows what i am up to. I have met many people and followed many sad people who have passed away but were blogging their journey with illness. My blogging is kind of like the book of my life so I dont get how people can just stop... but that is me and I am here in Australia always waiting for new followers and comments. I would say goodbye if I did decide to go and my son would do it for me if i couldn't xxx

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    1. Wow, since 2005? That is amazing! I think I'm going to be blogging for a long time to come, too. We do meet many people online from all over the world, and form relationships with them. It's a little alarming when they simply disappear, and we can't help but worry about them.

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  17. I think this post brought EVERYONE out of the woodwork, Martha. Are we all feeling guilty or just super summer busy or just plain lazy. For me it's just a little or everything. This summer has been major league different than other years so blogging has continued but with not so much gusto. Oh fall is coming and with that will come changes again I'm sure.
    Have no idea how I'd end my blogging career with a fond farewell and wave good-bye I guess.

    Ron

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    1. I never imagined this post would have so many people commenting. Perhaps it made people think about how they handle their blogs, or how others handle theirs. In any case, in the summer time a lot of people slow down, and some even stop completely. There is a whole world out there to enjoy and explore. My own blog has become much lighter in the past few months. I don't have time to create deep posts, so I share photos, some jokes and an occasional longer post. This keeps my blog alive, and leaves me enough time to read my favourite blogs. Some people blog every day, some people a few times a week, others just once in awhile. It's all good. But disappearing completely is alarming to your followers. A small message that you are leaving the blogging world is a nice gesture.

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  18. Hi Martha,
    You’re right… I would be concerned as well if someone I’d gotten to know through blogging suddenly up and disappeared. I stopped with my blogs for nearly a year, I believe, before just getting back to it now. I was so overwhelmed by what was happening in my life that I had nothing left, or at least that’s what it felt like, for blogging. I hope I gave people enough info so they knew that was what was going on. I was thrilled to see you and Oma Linda respond to my first post on my blog the other week after my long absence. I’m getting back into it slowly… once a week or two to get the ball rolling. I’m so happy to find you are still blogging and that you hadn’t given up on my blog yet.
    Blessings,
    Bird

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    1. You certainly did give enough information so bloggers would understand why you weren't around. I thought about you often, wondering how you were doing, and I figured that if and when you felt up to it, you'd start blogging again, even if it was only once a week or once a month. There was no reason to give up on your blog. I've always enjoyed it, and I will continue to follow. So glad to see you here again!

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  19. Geez, I let people know when I'm taking a day off! Lol. It is rather perplexing when someone drops off the face of the earth after years of communication.

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    1. It is very perplexing. It doesn't take a lot of effort to just leave a quick message and say 'so long'.

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  20. Considering how many of my online friends (not necessarily bloggers) have disappeared and left me wondering and worrying, I would definitely say good bye, because I don't want to leave anyone else in the same position.
    Sometime I actually wonder what would happen if something happened to me... if I died. Some of my online friends, I've met often enough that their addresses and phone numbers are in my address book, so I hope someone would tell them, but my blog... I don't think anyone would think of that.

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    1. I think about that, too. No one would think about my blog. Well, maybe it would cross my husband's mind at some point. Maybe. In the beginning, he'd have so many more important things to take care of that this would never come to light.

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