There are times people ask me why I still have a blog. There are times I wonder myself why I keep Blogography going. The whole "blogging community" that seemed like it would last forever a decade ago has evaporated. Most of my blogging friends hung it up years ago or moved to Twitter or Facebook.
But not me.
It got to be a habit, it's still a habit, and there are still a lot of people visiting here (15 years of blog entries indexed by Google will do that).
I think, more than that though, is the nostalgia of what blogging once was that won't let go of me. I have met so many people because of this thing... many of whom have become dear offline friends. Blogging was family to me.
That's what makes it all worthwhile.
I am reeling this morning after learning that long-time blogging friend "Hot Coffee Girl," AKA Kelly, passed away. Such a kind and caring soul. And one who will be missed by many.
Once when I was in Chicago we met up to "Tilt" out the window of Hancock Tower in Chicago. As we were waiting for our ticket time, we stopped at a small juice bar at Hancock Plaza where Kelly proceeded to order a shot of wheat grass juice. This tiny little paper cup was filled with green sludge and cost a fortune, but she was totally loving it. And I was totally loving teasing her about it... which I did for years after.
I'm gutted that so many good friends met on the internet are now gone. Anissa, Lisa, Howard, Tracy, Rick... dear people all, each leaving a hole in our hearts. So glad I got to meet them in person, even though they became much more than a name on a computer monitor to me, even if we had never met at all.
Rest in peace, Hot Coffee Girl.
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I rarely comment (Introvert even on the computer), but I do read you every day. I would miss you if you ever hung it up. I’m so sorry about your friend.
Same as Missy. I read everything you do and live vicariously through your travels and amazing talent. I genuinely appreciate everything you do.
Yours was the first blog I ever properly followed, back when I didn’t really understand what blogs were. I think I’ve commented a total of 2-3 times, and emailed you once because your archives cheered me up and kept me occupied when I was sick.
Anyway, suffice to say that even though I don’t interact much, I’m a long-time reader and would miss your blog greatly if you stopped posting!
I’m sorry about your friend, that’s very sad news.
Long time follower here too – have a few of your buttons on display at work and loved my bad monkey t-shirt which eventually disintegrated after washing it so much.
Jake looks just like our Basil so it’s always fun to see his antics (along with Jenny)
Thanks for all the blogging – I’d miss it too – I haven’t blogged for ages as most of my stuff now ends up on Facebook or is too much proprietary work related information that I can’t put online.
While my blog posts sometimes go weeks between new ones, I doubt I will ever hang up on blogging.
I read every one of your posts, and try to comment on most of them.