Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just a reminder

One more day to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway by posting a comment here.  I will choose the winner by Random.org Generator tomorrow, January 23rd.


While I am here, I have been thinking about some bloggers who seemed to have disappeared from the face of Blogland.  I do hope they are all well, but it makes me think about obligations to our readers.  I would have to post something if I was not going to be around for a while, unless I was physically not able to do so.  I might even ask a friend to do a little note or something.   Maybe I take it a little too seriously?  


I don't know if I should even mention the blogs in question, for that matter.  I find it a little amusing that although some have not posted in months, they still have people following them as recently as yesterday.  I wouldn't be so quick to "follow" a blog that hasn't any recent posts.  I would definitely pop in for visits to check on the situation.  


Your thoughts?


xo



23 comments:

  1. I agree. At least a short message on the blog saying they are taking a break or something. I have been checking on a blogger who's blog has always inspired me. She has been silent for a long time. Her comments do not need to be viewd to post. I have been visiting her at least once a month leaving a message saying I hope she is okay. I would assume if a blogger could no longer post that a family member would take care of it. It really makes you wonder. But I wouldnt join a blog that had no activity.
    Thanks for your visit. It's always so nice to have visitors.
    Enjoy the day..

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  2. Yes, I too, followed a blog that seemed to just disappear. I go for 2-3 weeks at a time without posting because there are things going on, but I don't have a big following, and for me I would feel presumptious to announce I am taking a break. I feel like others would say "who cares?" LOL

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  3. I have the same feelings sometimes. I see some of my followers commenting on others, but not mine. I wonder if they are mad, sick of me or just moved on. It's like you've lost a friend. let me know your solution. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  4. Oh how we stress ourselves out! Right there with you. Makes you wonder....
    xo Cathy

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  5. Yes I worry too when friends haven't posted in a while. But you never know if it's so serious they just don't have the time or inclination.
    Loves~

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  6. I understand fully what you're saying and there are blogs that I've loved and the person is MIA for weeks or months. I always email them and ask if they're ok, etc.

    For me? I haven't been around much and I totally appreciate your sweet notes to me. I just haven't felt that I had anything to give. :-(

    xo
    Pat

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  7. I agree, too. Especially if one has made the effort to cultivate followers...I guess it's just common courtesy? I will say that to me, there is a big difference between being a follower and actually following. I'm a follower of a lot of blogs ... but there's a much smaller grouping that read, and perhaps an even smaller group of blogs that I consistently comment on. :)

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  8. Hi Barbara! I'm right there with you, girl friend. Sometimes I have to take a break for one reason or another but I always post that I'll be away for a while. I'm missing some of our blogging friends too and keep popping over to check and they've still not posted. I agree with Denise about following. I follow a lot of blogs but there are certain ones, like yours, that I really do 'follow' coming by and commenting. I'm glad you've mentioned this and it will be good to hear what folks say!
    Hope you've had a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. I'm with you. There are people I've really come to like and would worry if they stopped posting. It's happened with a few of the folks I've become friendly with and I do miss them. When I had my surgery in the summer I gave my goddaughter my password and asked her to update my blog. I was able to go online very quickly after the surgery, but if I hadn't she would be able to let my blog friends know how I was doing. Barbara, I think it's very thoughtful of you to think about this.

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  10. Hi Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, one of my friend had a car accident and his son updated about it later using her blog. I was worrying about not getting comments all of a sudden. She seems to be under recovery, thank God!!!
    Sure makes us worry when someone you feel close stop commenting, I agree☆☆☆

    Take Care my good friend!!!
    Love and Lots of Hugs to you, xoxo Miyako*

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  11. Being a professional worrier, I like to know if people are OK.
    Lisa

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  12. I myself would post a little note that I was going to be out of pocket for a while, but that is just me. I guess different strokes for different folks???? Hope your week-end was a great one!

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  13. I'm trying to not to laugh at myself as I tell you I joined a site where a person had no followers and one post and I looked at it again and it was from 2007. I don't think that was correct.
    I put some music on my blog let me know if it is awful to have.
    Pat

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  14. I too worry about blogs I follow that just stop posting! I try an email if I can and hope to hear back. Sometimes you never do and never know other times they will respond. I know we all have real 'lives' that get in the way of blogging, but I feel like some of these people are friends and I really care what happens to them. If I were to suddenly stop posting I hope someone would care.

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  15. Barbara, you are so right! Who would have thought that we'd be making these connections to people via the internet, but they are real. A quick post would alleviate worry on anyone's part and would be considerate. But I bet some people don't think to give family members passwords to their blog, though.

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  16. Thanks for sharing ....come and visit me I post each week lol joann

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  17. I agree. You just never know what is going on in another's life. But, we become invested in one another and do care. It is appropriate to let your readers know if you're going to be away for a while. I remember one blogger who had an accident and was tragically killed - after a few days her husband posted letting us know - that was dear of him in the midst of all he was going through - he knew how much her blog meant to her...I have thought to leave contact info with someone if I fell off the face of the earth for some reason...one of those things to consider.
    Hope you have a wonderful week,
    Kathy

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  18. I have wondered about many bloggers over the years. It happens often. I always leave a post if I'm gone for any length of time.

    Thanks again! I'm so excited!

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  19. I still have a few that I follow who haven't posted in well over a year. I know I need to "dump" them, but I somehow hope they might come back. I guess if they do, they can find me.

    Sometimes when we are traveling, I don't post that I will be gone. I guess that is for a couple of reasons, the first is that I always assume I'll have time to blog from the road (but I rarely do) and the second is it doesn't always seem smart to tell exact travel dates, even if someone is housesitting. So...I will have an occasional week or so where I "disappear" but I do try to answer anyone who emails and asks if I'm okay. Blogging is harder than people think, some just can't keep up with it I guess!

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  20. I think it's a good idea to post something if you're going to be gone for a long while. You certainly don't have to tell the world you're going out of town but just 'taking a break'. Hopefully, it's nothing more serious!

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  21. I would have probably felt the same way, Barbara, but after losing my Mother this month so suddenly I kind of lost my "zip" for awhile and found it hard to post and read blogs. I guess I felt suspended in time for awhile. I imagine many things can happen to a blogger to make them feel the same and then they never get the desire to go back to their blogs to update them. Maybe it is too painful to try to go back to a way of life that doesn't exist anymore? I don't know.
    Thankfully, personally, I am feeling better and am looking forward again to things and blogging. I have a lot f catch up to do in many places in my life but that's OK --one day at a time!

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  22. I know I personally need a swift kick in the ass sometimes. I don't intentionally stop posting on my bolg for months (I still think of things I want to post about) but I tend to withdraw from the world and actually doing things falls to the way side.

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  23. It is nice if a blogger would let readers know they are taking a break. If the reason is personal they don't have to say why. Sometimes things just get away from one and you don't even realize how much time as gone by.

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