A little incident this week made me think about the potentially transient nature of Blog friendships.
We were driving down to Castletown and had to negotiate the crossroads at a notorious accident blackspot, due to the nature of the sharp bends close to the point where the roads converge.
As P pulled out to turn right onto the main road he was suddenly aware of a large white van speeding along towards us from our left and so immediately swung the car hard right into the kerb to avoid a collision.
I was pretty shaken as you may imagine. After all, I would have been the one to absorb the main impact, sitting in the passenger seat.
Afterwards, when I had regained my composure, I idly wondered whether anyone in Blogland would have noticed my sudden absence and perhaps thought , Well, she didn't last long. Bored already.
Of course we would notice, and even ask each other in emails and posts, many of us also think of each other during the day, this is how it is in Blogland.ReplyDelete
I admit that I often start to worry if certain regularly updated blogs are silent for a day or so, particularly as it would be difficult to find out if they are OK.Delete
Like Yael said, we do care about each other and email around. I think you need to be around for a while for serious concern though, like years.ReplyDelete
That's what I thought Rachel.Delete
Yes, it would have been noticed but would probably have been assumed that you had given up. It takes a long time to acquire "serious concern" status in blogland!Delete
Many more people would have noticed than you might imagine. I don't have a blog and rarely comment on other people's blogs, but I tend to read the same ones whenever I am surfing and yours is one of them. I suspect that there are lots of other people out there like me who notice when boggers go missing and worry if they are ok.ReplyDelete
Thank you for that. It just crossed my mind after that incident that a few people who do read my bog may just think I had given up and would never know the true situation. Such is the nature of Blogland I presume.Delete
Is that like reading tea leaves?Delete
I find that if I am missing for more than a day or two folk start asking questions.ReplyDelete
Yes, yours is one of those blogs that causes concern if all is quiet!Delete
There are blogs that stop without notice and people do worry. Pam in the Welsh valleys hasn't blogged for ages after being ill so I hope she is OK.ReplyDelete
I wonder if you have to blog for 50 years like living in Suffolk for 50 years before you can claim you are local!
Oh dear. I do hope that your blog friend Pam is OK.Delete
I think that if I were to consider giving up my blog I would probably mention it. So, if you don't hear from me you will know that P's driving skills have finally finished me off!
I have a post scheduled to appear in about nine months' time saying I'm no longer maintaining my blog. I keep rescheduling so it doesn't appear, until that it, for whatever reason, I am no longer maintaining my blog.ReplyDelete
Forward planning. I am impressed.Delete
There is a blog that I used to read, but she hasn't posted since May......I still check every so often, and have even put a comment on asking if she is OK, but no reply!ReplyDelete
Perhaps you should try and avoid that particular crossing in future... Is that possible?
There is a junction near here that I avoid at all costs...cant understand why there hasn't been a fatal accident .
I suppose if you only know a person through their blog and have no other means to contact them, this will always be the case.Delete
We could avoid that junction, but it would mean driving all around the coastal route instead of across the middle of the island. I suppose it would make more of a day out!
I often wonder what has happened to people who blog and then disappear, especially the regular ones. There's usually no way of finding out what's happened either. It's a nice surprise and relief when they re-surface, as they mostly do eventually.ReplyDelete
Yes, you do start to feel a connection with people even though you may never have met them.Delete
I would miss you. However, how would we know what had happened? You need to explain to Peregrine or a trusted friend how to post on your blog. After all, it is possible that a meteorite might land on your head while you are hanging out Peregrine's Y-fronts and your lacy bloomers.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mr P. Actually, as my lacy bloomers can probably be seen from space it is highly likely that meteorites could be drawn towards them.ReplyDelete
No, you would have been missed and I for one would have emailed you after a certain period of time to see if you were ok...ReplyDelete
Thank you Vronni.Delete