I really wish people didn’t stop blogging. I was updating some old blog posts and clicked on the links in my comments… only to find most of the sites were gone. Domains bought up (I assume by opportunists) and being sat on by random websites. And it makes me weirdly heartbroken.
Blogging And Being Weirdly Heartbroken
I don’t want to judge anyone for the stopping blogging. I trust that they are all adults and made a decision. But it doesn’t mean I don’t miss them. I know people say there are friends for a “reason, season or life” (or something to that effect, I’m too lazy to look up the correct words)… but I wish the seasons hadn’t ended. I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging. Some of them I don’t speak to anymore because we fell out of contact. Some I do speak to but in other platforms, as friends first rather than bloggers first. Others seem to have disappeared from the face of the planet.
I guess I felt really nostalgic when looking through old blog posts. I miss the excitement of seeing bloggers every year in person at conferences. I miss learning about new bloggers (though I’m sure that still happens and I need to get better at finding people). I don’t think it’s because the “heyday” has passed – websites and blogs will always exist and I will loudly snore in your face if you say blogging is dead.
I feel like seeing all the dead websites made me both sad and smile at the same time. Smile for the memories, be sad that I can’t connect with some of the people anymore. I knew there were lots of dead sites – but wow – one day I ran a broken link checker and 99% of the results were from bloggers who had commented on a post. Really brought it home in some stark numbers.
Life sure can be a muddy puddle sometimes.