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Are you here for awhile?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I've been reading through some blog archives and have found it very interesting to read why people started blogging in the first place. Some (like my own) provide no explanation. I am curious to know how long you intend to blog. Have you thought about this? If not, what do you think? I thought (very briefly) about shutting mine down. Now I can't imagine not having this place for me to speak relatively freely and openly. My blog is here for awhile, for better or worse. If and when you do shut your blog down, will you say goodbye, or simply close up shop, and let us see the File Not Found on our screen. And then we will know, you are gone into the atmosphere somewhere.

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    First off, your blog looks adorable!!! Love the Christmas spirit here! :)

    As for why I started my blog...I started is as a way of writing down my feelings and emotions while going through my panic attacks and agoraphobia...but my blog has been so much more. I have made such wonderful, life long friends. I think that creating a blog is one of the best things I have ever done...if not, I would not have met such a wonderful friend like you! :)


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I feel the same way. I have met incredible and interesting people from around the world. I guess we have Rosie to thank for getting us into this. Love to you.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    I started blogging b/c I wanted to stay abreast of what going on in pool,however I rarely talk about billiards. My g/f asked me this morning if I was going to post about "Tookie" Williams, I replied no, people have radios and tv if they want to hear about that sort of thing. We are a happy little family that like to share ideas and we try to stay away from political thangs unless we see something is clearly wrong and we want to get thru to someone ,i.e. Katrina mess. I would personally come by each site and say my farewells. :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Glad to know you would say goodbye. So what do you think about Tookie Williams?

  1. Blogger Anhoni Patel said:

    I think it's kinda sad when people stop their blogs, especially if they just disappear without saying goodbye. Reading blogs has become a part of my daily ritual and I look fwd to "visiting" my blog community each day.

    I don't intend on stopping any time soon. If I get really busy, I think I would just not post daily.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    I don't agree with capital punishment, I think being locked up for the rest of one's life is punishment enough. I also don't feel that b/c "Tookie" was killed that lots of people will not join gangs/nor do I believe that if he'd recieved clemency that people will join gangs... I feel for the victims and but how is an eye for an eye going to suddenly going to make your life better? It is actualy cheaper to house them for the rest of their life than lethal injection. I thought that the Roman Catholic Church is against capital punishment, does this mean our govn'r will not be allowed to take sacriment?

  1. Blogger Will D said:

    I started mine to keep my friends on either coast up to date with what I am doing (I am a terrible e-mailer, and not really a fan of blanket e-mails). Figured this way, if somebody was curious, they know where to find me.

    I don't see an end in the near future, but would say goodbye if I though it would end. (and I only wish I could speak freely on the blog...my parent read it and there really are some things they don't need to know LOL)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I think I would be the same, if I don't have time, just post less frequently. I too, would say goodbye.

    Thanks for answering this. Capitol punishment is a very personal and often touchy subject. I personally do not agree with it and am glad that we do not have it in Canada.
    I don't understand why they went ahead with the lethal injection when supposedly some witnesses just came forward this week and said that they were uncertina of his guilt. This should have at least bought him some time. I just don't understand.

    You could set up another blog; one for family to read and one not!:) I personally don't care who reads what I write here. I am who I am and speak my mind. I feel free.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    "I guess we have Rosie to thank for getting us into this"

    Ditto! I had no idea what a blog was until she started hers. And the rest is history.

    I'm still somewhat guarded with my thoughts..Which is why I named it Pieces of Me.

    I would never just disappear with out saying goodbye, especially with all the blog friends I have made. Including my Canadian friend Cathy. :)

  1. Blogger JoeC said:

    hi ya Cathy! hmmmm.... nice set of questions there, it all started with me reading blogs of iraqi teens in iraq. I did it out of curiousity how all this blogging will turn our for me, how does it affects me. Call it an experiment on life.

    I've seen quite a few blogs just faded away, real painful to see. Not sure how long it will go or where it will go, will it crash and burn or shining like the summer sun, my guess is as good as yours.

    oh yeah, I stayed in Edmonton a while back. Have a nice day then. Cheers!

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    I've only been blogging for a few weeks now, and am totally hooked. I was introduced by Madi (Stardust Muse), and thought I might give it a go. Didn't know if I had anything interesting to contribute, or even if anyone would read what I wrote, but ... you know what, maybe I'm not as boring as I thought, as people appear to be reading what I write, and making lovely comments. I now have a daily (or twice or thrice daily !!) ritual of reading the blogs that I have bookmarked, and feel like I am getting to know these people, and making great friends.
    I think if I were to stop (which I can't see happening in the near future !), I would make a point of saying goodbye to all those people I have been regularly communicating with.
    Bye for now, take care,

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I would hope you wouldn't go away without saying goodbye, Canadian sister! I am still getting my other e-mail up and running...I am off to watch the Amazing Rcae finale now in your home town!

    I've never been to Edmonton myself. And I am happy to hear another vote in favour of not fading away.

    Everyone has something interesting to say. Sometimes the most seemingly mundane is the most fascinating. I love reading your posts.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Thank you, Cathy, you have made my day :-)
    Your blog is one of the first that I take a look at each time I log on. I love reading your posts, also.

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    I started in July this year. I think I have really found a very good group of people. I love to read all your blogs. I can honestly say I would miss any one of you who would stop blogging.

    Please don't ever quit cause I would really miss you!


  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    I started mine because I have no family here and thought it would ba great way to share my life with them.

    It's become a great place to meet fun people, share thoughts, funny stories, gripes, and just a place to vent.

    I LOVE IT and am here for a while.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    I haven't thought about shutting it down. I am having a serious relationship with my blog. We are getting married.
    And i think it's plain rude when people just delete everything and leave without saying bye. We have kept eah other company, know each other's secrets, wishes and disappointments, and we don't deserve that. People should say goodbye first and disappear later. If i ever do shut it down, i'll keep in touch with a few people by sending emails and little things in the post.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Meow; your's too.

    Connie; I don't plan on quitting any time soon.

    MomyBlogr; Glad to hear you're here for awhile.

    Chloe; I really think you should go ahead and do this. We could all be bridesmaids and groomsmen and you could decorate your blog accordingly. My mind is racing with the possibilities.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    cathy - I think I considered closing up my blog around the same time you did, though for different reasons. I'm so happy you stayed though, because I like reading your blog & think that you are very brave for sharing the things that you do. I will be around for a while too, I think. I'd miss the friends I've met here. Maybe I won't always be as active as I am now, but something anyway. I'll post about why I blog (if I haven't already done so...need to read my OWN archives, I guess) at some point, so as not to take up all your comment space :) If I ever decide to leave, I'll certainly say goodbye though.

  1. Blogger angel, jr. said:

    I plan to blog forever.

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    I started blogging to connect and to share, to get a piece of the world outside of the little bubble I live in.

    If I were to ever stop for some reason, you can be sure I will give a grandiose farewell to the legion of good friends I have made over here. I'd feel awfully guilty otherwise, leaving so many in the dark.

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    To be honest I thought I was going to go for a few months. I amazingly enough was not interested in blogging at all. Now I am a proud member of BA (Bloggers Anonymous) Hahaha!
    If I ever decide to stop, I certainly wouldn't just vanish. :)
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    I can't imagine shutting my blog down. Maybe someday I'll take a break, but for now, it's my creative outlet, my therapy, and my way to meet different kinds of people and learn from them.

    I don't really know why I started. Curiosity, something to do. I like to create and write...

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    Gosh--I have no idea why I really started. I knew one of my first posts was on the "why" subject, and I just re-read it and it told me nothing. I guess I've always liked observational writing. I never could write fiction or poems or dialogue--only what I saw and my take on it. I came to bloggin very late in the game. I always thought it was just about the most narcissitic thing I'd ever heard of. But the idea of writing stuff and '"clicking it away" felt awfully liberating! The first blog I ever read was actually a video blog, and my intent was always to post more video than text because (as you can see) I can be long winded! Writing takes a long time for me! Video is faster.

    Also of huge interest to me aside from why people start, is what blogs/vlogs people choose to follow. I follow a very strange collection of personalities, each one exhibiting traits similar and utterly different than my own. Moms, wives, artists, film geeks, kids (!), and Canadians!

    I don't know if I'll vlog forever, but I'd certainly NEVER EVEN THINK of signing off without a word. I've met too many folks I like to do that.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hey guys and gals;
    I am happy to hear that everyone is around for awhile and would let people know if they were going to leave.

    You have been with me from nearly the beginning. I would miss you, and your fabulously funny vlogs.

  1. Blogger Supermans Foot said:

    quick answer til I get fed up of it.

    I have sometimes thought about stopping but then i think of something i want to post and im not sure if i can comment on others and i enjoy reading other blogs

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    I started to blog for the simple reason that I can write my feelings and thoughts without bothering anyone.
    Never will quit!

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Wow, evryone has such interesting reasons for blogging. I've been blogging for 2 years come January. I really don't think i had a specific reason, i just wanted a place to put thoughts and ideas. I guess i have more fun out of everyone elses than my own.

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