Monday, November 14, 2011

Blogging block

I have not been blogging in a while. Part of it is the baby, and part of it is that so many people have stopped blogging now. I miss the days when there were so many bloggers. Facebook/Twitter are not the same. On FB I know all the people and the updates are so brief. It's great for remembering birthdays, but otherwise all it does is suck up my time on superficial updates.

Anyhow, back to blogging and the main reason that I haven't had the heart to write anything. A while back I went through my blogger list. I would check and see when the last post of a blog had been and if it had been a year or so before, I deleted the blog from my list.  Unfortunately there were many of those. There was one, my all-time favourite writer, who hadn't updated since the spring. I remember quickly reading his posts on my blog feed back in the spring but as it was right around the time that my son got out of hospital, I wasn't commenting. Anyhow, I missed his writing. He was, and is, the best writer I've ever read outside of a literature course. Many of us blog, some of us are excellent at building community, but this guy - this guy could write like no one else.

He was one of the few bloggers who I had ended up linking up with on Facebook so I went on there to see what he was up to. I planned to email him and say something like, "get off your lazy ass and post again." When I looked him up on FB, lo and behold, it was his birthday. I was going to join in all the birthday wishes until I noticed that several of them were saying such things as, "Hope you are partying with Saint Peter".  I almost threw up. My favourite blogger wasn't taking a break, he wasn't off doing exciting things... he had died unexpectedly. Probably just a couple of days after that last post I had read.

I have since reached out to his brother. I told him about the blog his brother had kept. Yet I felt so sick about blogging for so long. Sort of as if anything I tried to write or express was irrelevant. I still feel that way but I'm going to go on blogging and writing as a salute to my friend, who I only knew by his phenomenal command of the written word. Be well my friend.

*No one else who I know through blogging followed or linked to him so I have not linked his blog here. I'm explaining my head space - not trying to be overly dramatic and I want to respect his privacy, even if it doesn't really matter now


Rox said...

You know, I've often thought myself that I should just quit blogging too because it's changed, no one reads/writes/comments anymore. And then someone will write a bittersweet post like this one, and I'm reminded that we are connected, even if only through words.

I'm sorry for the loss of a fellow blogger (even one I didn't follow) but I'm happy if he inspired you to write.

Facebook and Twitter just aren't enough for some of us. And that's okay. Big hugs to you!

tornwordo said...

It's going to be a weird blip in history, the twitter/FB/Blogging thing as surely it will have morphed into something completely (Newer! Better! Shinier!) different within ten years. Remember when we were all so into it? Do people get *into* blogging anymore like that?

CoffeeDog said...

Many of my blogger friends have become very dear to me in a special way, you are one of them Snooze. Someday I'd still like to meet you, and Torn and a few others that I haven't met yet. If Rox didn't live so far into the hinterland, I'd go meet her too!

I miss the old blogging days. I do enjoy facebook, it's a good way to stay in touch with those you already know, but it is brief glimpses.

Snooze said...

Rox: With you on FB and Twitter! Can you imagine either of us trying to contain ourselves to 140 characters?

Torn: I miss those times although everything does change/evolve. I made some really cool connections (and I include you) via it. I do laugh thinking of how into it I was. I remember when people would select people to do the meme they had completed and I would be back in junior high thinking, pick me! pick me!

CD: That's exactly how I feel about FB - brief glimpses of those whom you already know. And I would welcome you and the missus anytime. You can bring the doggy too.