Monday, July 12, 2010

Where do bloggers go when their blogs die?

I cleaned up my blog list tonight. There were blogs on there where people hadn't posted for over a year. Several hadn't posted for over two months. I deleted 34 blogs from my list.

It's sort of sad that these were people trying to lose weight that either gave up on losing weight or at the very least, gave up blogging. I can only hope they went on to live healthy lives, but unfortunately, I really doubt that's what happened.

I had contacted a few of them by email the last few months asking if they were ever coming back. If they responded at all, they said no, they probably weren't coming back. Blogging had lost it's charm for them or they found it to be a chore or they said it was boring.

It's funny, even though I have days where I feel like it's sort of a chore, most of the time I enjoy blogging. Both reading other people's blogs or writing on my own blog. It's sort of like free therapy.

When I read about other people's weight loss struggles, I realize they're just like my own. We're all fighting the same battle and it's somehow comforting to know other people are going down the same difficult path of weight loss.

Not only do I find comfort in other people's blogs, but often I gain enthusiasm from reading other people's thoughts. Or a recipe, or a tip on how to overcome a binge cycle. There's so much helpful information out there that I can't imagine stopping reading weight loss blogs. In three years they have been a life saver for me.

I'm still sadden by the loss of my 34 friends. Yes, I considered them friends. If they were on my blog list that meant they were blogs I read on a fairly consistent basis. I left thoughtful comments on their posts. I cared about them. Now they're gone, probably to never be heard from again.

On the other hand, there are lots of friends that are still blogging. Along with a lot of new people just embarking on this journey. They're old friends and new friends that I haven't met yet. Friends that unbeknownst to them, will make a difference in my life. That's the bright side, the one I shall remain focused on for now.


Miz said...

I think the same thing so flipping frequently.
and, as a result, have my last post written and saved.
I do feel a sense of responsibility to let people know Ive gone and decided at one point (a year ago? more? I cant recall) that I may one day just have enough.

Just in case Ive written the last one almostfirst :)
almost like I write my fiction now that I think about it!

last page first.



Splurgie said...

I agree. I feel sad when someone just drops out. I can't always blog about the diet and exercise ... sometimes there aren't any new insights to share ... other than to just to keep on chugging away. I frequently talk about something else just to stay blog-alive. But everyone else's blog still inspires me as does yours.

M Pax said...

I can understand. Blogging takes a lot of time. Some times I feel I don't have it. Yet there is such a great sense of community here, I can never stay away. Sometimes I should take more time off - like now when I had a deadline. I may post less frequently, but I can't stop. I learn so much from the rest of you and I care about how you're doing.

Debbie said...

Blogging does take a lot of time and I only get to do it when I am at work because of the internet connection. I try and keep it up all day though during the week and sneak in a post or two or read a blog. I need to clean up my blogger list, I also have some that have not posted for a long time.

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

I hope I wasn't wiped yet!

screaming fatgirl said...

I think most people who blog and suddenly stop have given up on their weight loss. They only like to talk about success, and it's painful to talk about failure.

That being said, continuously writing takes a commitment, and maybe it's one commitment too much for people who are trying to lose weight.