2/5/08

Comings and Goings

Blogging is a funny thing... I read WAY too many! Well, I *try* to keep up with way too many. I have about a 150 in my reader right now that cover weight loss, fitness, running as well as some urban issues and events blogs ...then there are news feeds (occupational hazard). When I come home and I see 80 unread feeds each night, I sort of thank God that I currently don't have a life. But every day there's a new blog - literally. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't post about how they've started a blog, put up few pics of themselves, write up their story and maybe include a menu or two. WONDERFUL! Welcome to the blogging world! [welcome, high fives, kudos, best of luck!] But just as people fall of the diet wagon, they fall off the blogging bandwagon too. [remove link, stop commenting, sucks to your assmar] But WHAT makes them come here in the first place? They obviously needed another outlet and went through the trouble of creating, sometimes painstakingly, a layout, adding links and pics but then went and forget about their little space on the Internet. Why? Did we not pat you on the back enough? Did we not tell you how fantastic you look in your progress pics? Give you exercise or points advice? I don't get it. I know, I know - I'm thinking the worst. These people probably have LIVES or don't care much for dieting, etc. anymore and that's why they left, but I get a sneaking suspicion after reading so many, that's not really why they left. Flame away with your thoughts though :) I know I'm not an authority on any subject really and I just open up my head and vomit words out on the screen, but I don't see the fad in it all. I think that's really why they come, as they see so many people devote time to a blog and gain so much out of it only to not experience it and run away.... ...or maybe I just like the attention too much and that's why I'm still here :P But I am TRULY sorry that we are losing a blogging institution today. A woman who never looked for pats on the back but offered great tips, opened up her heart and gave us the weight watchers world through her eyes (as well as some AMAZING photos from her kickass nikon :P) So although bloggers come and go without many of us even knowing, Anne, you're going to leave a huge hole in the community. Nothing but success, health and happiness to you always.

14 comments:

katieo said...

I was reading this post going "Yes. Yes. Oh totally Marie." Until I got to the part where..

What the?

Anne's Leeeeaving???

"BOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!"

off to tell her good luck...

marie said...

Yeah...and Mandy is thinking about taking a break too... what is this world coming to?!?!?

ALLA (green girl) said...

wow... I'm sad about Anne leaving her blog, she was one of my favourites when I first discovered this blogging world... :(

Crabby McSlacker said...

I hate to see good blogs go!

On the other hand, I totally get the problem of balancing blog demands with everything else--sometimes blogging about healthy stuff can actually interfere with going out and taking care of it for real!

I'm too narcissistic, I think, to ever give up blogging entirely. But there are days (like today) where I just don't seem to have the time to post something sensible. I'm impressed that you always seem to something interesting to say, and I hope you never join the ranks of former-bloggers.

Jen said...

I, too, nodded my head in agreement all the way through this post!!! And now I am sad that there was a fabulous blog out there that I never found (boo to me!)

I couldn't stop blogging if my life depended on it...sometimes I do it for selfish reasons...more because *I* need the support...sometimes I do it in hopes of inspiring someone or having someone relate to something I have been through...and most of all, I have made this FABULOUS little group of friends that I consider dear to me regardless of what side of the country we are on...and well, I never turn my back on my friends!

Sara said...

I always wonder why some peole leave - but I think sometimes people just need breaks or like a vacation. Like we need breaks/vacations from everything. I always hope they come back, esp Anne b/c I loved her blog. Life is full of sad good-byes.

Cat_82 said...

It's really sad that all the time and energy that we all put into our blogs can be abandoned and forgotten. I automatically think the worst when someone stops blogging. I think that they've given up, or that they're sad and hurting. When I read Mandy's post about her blog dying, I was sad, as it was one of the first ones that I started reading, but I didn't know what to say to encourage her to keep it up. If she's done she's done! Maybe blogs are like all other things (including people)in our lives. We keep them around while they are of use to us, and then as we grow and no longer need them, we slowly let them fade away.....

jodi said...

i am sad that anne is leaving, hence why i made a comment on my blog yesterday... i enjoy blogging and reading what others have to say but know that someday, it will no longer be as important to me... i would hope that having babies and being married is in my future so there will be less time to surf the net anyway... ;o)

i think for some people, they reach a limit of what they can talk about esp. if they've met a goal that was the main drive of the site... and then there are exceptions, like roni, who has continued past her goal and now focuses on recipes and maintaining... to each their own, i think... :o)

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Wow- that is A LOT of blog reading! Now I feel especially privileged that you read mine on occasion. I hate it when people wander out of blogland too... seriously, as IF real life is more important than blogging. What is WRONG with people anyway?

By the by... I can only hope that my obscene comment was left my Kris. Wouldn't that be AWESOME?!

eurydice said...

i miss bloggers when they leave! it really is too bad. perhaps if i were busier i wouldn't take the time to post every day and read everyone's blogs... but it's just so comforting to know that people - normal, regular, wonderful people - have the same problems, issues, fears as you do. and they are never anything but supportive. i think to maintain a blog you have to write for yourself, not for an audience. which i think you do very well marie! :)

meredi said...

I've let two blogs languish over the years. First, my personal blog... I kept it running from 1999 to about 2004. Honestly, I stopped writing in it at that time because I met my boyfriend, and had a lot of other close friends in my life -- in other words, I found new outlets for my thoughts and ideas, which I found more fulfilling. I also started working, and suddenly there were large portions of my day that I didn't feel comfortable talking about online.

Fast-forward to WW, where I started up a blog again. I loved it because of the community -- I truly cared (care!) about the girls I met, and I felt (feel!) that they care about me. But the trouble with blogging is that it takes SO much effort and time. Unless I have a lot of things to get off my chest, the drive to write often isn't there, and takes a back-seat to other happenings in life, and to reading what others have written.

I guess it's hard to explain why it happens, but I must say that I can completely understand it. I wish Anne and Mandy all the best and thank them for their dedication over the last many months. They've made our community a much richer place!

Ashley said...

That wa so sad :(

It is hard. You share a special bond with these bloggers, and you really get into their story, triumphs and struggles.. and then they leave!

You won't leave us... right?!

Shrunk said...

I get sad when good bloggers go too :O(

As far as the new bloggers, it does seem like it's become a bit of a fad lately hey?

Mandy said...

Anyone wondering about me, I'm not quitting the whole 'diet' thing. I'm maintaining and even still losing. I just don't have anything to say that I don't find excrutiatingly boring and I refuse to bore you all to tears! Stopping a blog does not mean that the person has stopped their journey... it's just that some of us find we don't have anything exciting or even the least bit intersting to offer anymore.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License. Loaded Web - Global Blog & Business Directory