Until a few years ago, this blog was named How is Bradley. The other day I stumbled on that old site and was surprise to find it still there. All the original posts had been transferred here to Insights from a Bipolar Bear, but I believed all along that I shut down the original site itself, but nope, there it was. I did delete it that day, so it’s no longer there, but before I deleted it, I took a look at who had subscribed to it. There were a lot. Certainly more than I currently have.
Out of curiosity I went through nearly one-hundred of my former followers who had blogs of their own, and I couldn’t believe what I saw – almost all of their websites were still there. but were abandoned. Some abandoned for months – many for years.
Knowing that the average blog has a life span of two years, I was not surprised that so many had stopped blogging, but I was surprised at the ones that abruptly stopped. Their final posts were not unlike their other posts. No goodbye’s for now, or anything like I’m no longer going to blog. It was a bit eerie.
I took extended breaks from my blog a couple of times, but left messages that I would return. The first break that I took, back in 2008, I said I’d be back in a few weeks, but was gone much longer – but at least I said I was taking a break.
My hope for all the bloggers, who just seemed to vanish, is that they got busy and are leading healthy, balanced and productive lives. They were too busy to log in to say goodbye. Hell, maybe they forgot their blogs all together. The massive anxiety of me, however feels the worst. What horrible thing happened to them that they didn’t even say goodbye before leaving? Are they locked in a psychiatric hospital somewhere? Are they even alive? Knowing the high suicide rate of those of us with bipolar disorder makes me think the ultimate worse. I found only one blog in which a family member logged in to inform readers that the blogger had died. It was sad, but at least there was closure of some kind.
One of my favorite blogs was by a guy named Joe. He had the funniest blog in the blogosphere. He made me laugh every day. Not chuckle, but a good ‘ol hardy laugh. Joe was diabetic and had a lot of medical problems. Eventually he lost one leg. I found his blog abandoned. He posted until 2011 and one day “POOF” he was gone. No final post that mentioned he was going to stop blogging. I miss his humor and I hope everything is good in his life.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. I guess I’m just sad. I don’t have any kind of closure to give you, other than a request to the other bloggers out there…please let us know if you’re leaving. Don’t just fade away. Every blogger I know considers blogging to be a labor of love – your readers, whether you have three or three-thousand, deserve better than to be left hanging and wondering what happened.