Today I opened Bloglines to see how v-e-r-y far behind I am on visiting and commenting on my favorite blogs. Instead of seeing my page full of unmarked and unread links, I saw a notice that Bloglines will officially shut down on October 1st.
Although that deadline is over two weeks away, I knew I better act upon it immediately. I've overlooked and forgotten many small AND large things the past two months. I don't want to wander away and lose my feeds.
Maybe I'm losing my edge, or maybe I'm just tired. Either way, I couldn't follow the instructions that Bloglines offered to expedite my list to a new provider. As a result, I sat down and opened two windows and began opening each of my blog subscriptions, sifting, and resubscribing in my new reader. Throughout the day I stopped by my computer and continued this task. It was eye opening.
I've subscribed to a lot of blogs in the past 4 1/2 years. Several of my blogging buddies had moved their blogs through two or three blog hosts. Many of my friends now post rarely. Others have just faded into oblivion. I felt nostalgic when I opened a dormant feed and saw the last correspondence from so long ago. Not many goodbyes. Many have moved on to other things without much adieu. Some had actually closed their blogs and left their personal addresses at the mercy of web advertisers. Or worse.
It was difficult to leave behind some of the inactive feeds. One was "Living with Leukemia." Another was "Gwen's Den," the homes of two bloggers who lost their earthly battle. I took one last look at those two titles that hadn't lit up in a long time and moved on. Yesterday I was shocked to hear that Lori, the Barn-goddess, died suddenly in July. I could not leave her "Ramblings From The Reservation" behind. So I clicked and carried it. Maybe I'm hoping her husband or son will post a final note to give us closure.
Some of you know that there has been a plethora of events in our personal world the last two months that has consumed time and energy. Posting on my blog and reading your blog went to the bottom of my list of priorities. That doesn't mean you all aren't important to me. Nor does it mean that my blog is going to fade away.
Right now it just means I miss you. Lots.
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