The intricacies of this world are continually surprising me.
I have not been posting very long though must admit that I find myself enjoying the writing/reading of posts. I do not have more than twenty sites I visit daily, but I find that I can lose track of time reading, linking, and occasionally commenting. I, like most I am sure, enjoy reading the comments of others on my own thoughts and ideas. This is a different world, but one I find quite enjoyable, for the most part.
This morning I arrived at my computer to find that one of my favorite guys has decided to stop posting. Although I can probably figure out why he has made this decision, I will miss his writing. He wrote with such honesty and passion; I suppose it was difficult for anyone to read his posts without being drawn in in a way that you want to share in his success, his joy, and support him through his challenges.
I hope that he will read this and realize that he is missed. I wish him such strength and endurance in the months ahead and great happiness in his life.
This was not the first time I have seen someone stop posting. We all take breaks, need time to ourselves, the reason for writing is no longer valid, or any of many and as sundry other reasons. I never expected to feel a pang of sadness to have a person stop writing.
I am sure that there are sociologists and psychologists throughout the country observing and analyzing the world of the blog. Through posts, relationships are formed. Relationships that are not like any that I have experienced in the past; relationships that I can not truly define. Has anyone figured it out?
How do you say good bye to a person who you know only through their writing and their comments? How do you shake his hand, give him the warmest hug possible, and wish him a safe journey? How do you communicate the pleasure it was to "know" him though for only a short period of time?