To Absent Friends


When I started blogging I really had little idea about the blogging “community”. I didn’t know that you could make friends online in this manner, nor did I understand that I would come to care about the people I’ve met and value the interaction I have with them.

But there does seem to be a type of evolution that occurs with personal blogs, and I make a clear distinction here between those who do blog personally as opposed to those who do it in an effort to make money. I make no real judgement on the latter, but I must admit that those who constantly sign up friends in the various communities [like blogcatalog and mybloglog] simply so they can send out bulk emails to people, do tend to grate on me. There’s one bloke who has taken to commenting lately who simply says on each post that he has a new post as well. That sort of thing won’t encourage me to visit him unless he begins to make a genuine effort and contribution to the discussion. I guess I’ll put up with that for a little while, maybe he’s new and hasn’t worked out the etiquette yet. You know who you are! But back to the evolution question.

People who discover blogging seem in some cases to throw themselves headlong into it, posting everyday, trying to keep their blog live so people keep coming back. At some stage, perhaps after a few months, the number of posts taper off and the pressure to continually post eases off. And that’s OK for those of us who are loyal readers, we understand the time constraints that impose themselves and how other things in life begin to re-assert themselves. But what happens when people disappear?

After almost daily contact, where do those who delete their blogs, or simply stop posting go? Do they just get busy, or lose the desire? I like to think that maybe blogging has served it’s purpose, that the community created and interacted with was able to fill a void, maybe offer advice that was worthwhile, so that those people can move forward in their lives with a little more confidence than they once had, or at least with some extra knowledge that will serve them in good stead.

But for you absent friends who have disappeared how can we your friends thank you for being part of our lives for a little while when we can no longer contact you? Maybe one day when you return to blogging and maybe end up doing a search on your own name, or look at places that have linked to you, you’ll find this post, and perhaps check in and let us know how you’ve been getting on.

To the following absent friends, some of whom have disappeared, others of whom have been silent for a few weeks, I thank you and wish you well. I hope one day you’ll all be back.

Epi from Analysing It
Seiche
Amber from Random Magus
Goldy from Goldyworld
Wolfgang from Gazing into the Abyss
Anne from The Rest of Me
W for Wonder this one’s been hijacked

Image from Emsource

To Absent Friends


When I started blogging I really had little idea about the blogging “community”. I didn’t know that you could make friends online in this manner, nor did I understand that I would come to care about the people I’ve met and value the interaction I have with them.

But there does seem to be a type of evolution that occurs with personal blogs, and I make a clear distinction here between those who do blog personally as opposed to those who do it in an effort to make money. I make no real judgement on the latter, but I must admit that those who constantly sign up friends in the various communities [like blogcatalog and mybloglog] simply so they can send out bulk emails to people, do tend to grate on me. There’s one bloke who has taken to commenting lately who simply says on each post that he has a new post as well. That sort of thing won’t encourage me to visit him unless he begins to make a genuine effort and contribution to the discussion. I guess I’ll put up with that for a little while, maybe he’s new and hasn’t worked out the etiquette yet. You know who you are! But back to the evolution question.

People who discover blogging seem in some cases to throw themselves headlong into it, posting everyday, trying to keep their blog live so people keep coming back. At some stage, perhaps after a few months, the number of posts taper off and the pressure to continually post eases off. And that’s OK for those of us who are loyal readers, we understand the time constraints that impose themselves and how other things in life begin to re-assert themselves. But what happens when people disappear?

After almost daily contact, where do those who delete their blogs, or simply stop posting go? Do they just get busy, or lose the desire? I like to think that maybe blogging has served it’s purpose, that the community created and interacted with was able to fill a void, maybe offer advice that was worthwhile, so that those people can move forward in their lives with a little more confidence than they once had, or at least with some extra knowledge that will serve them in good stead.

But for you absent friends who have disappeared how can we your friends thank you for being part of our lives for a little while when we can no longer contact you? Maybe one day when you return to blogging and maybe end up doing a search on your own name, or look at places that have linked to you, you’ll find this post, and perhaps check in and let us know how you’ve been getting on.

To the following absent friends, some of whom have disappeared, others of whom have been silent for a few weeks, I thank you and wish you well. I hope one day you’ll all be back.

Epi from Analysing It
Seiche
Amber from Random Magus
Goldy from Goldyworld
Wolfgang from Gazing into the Abyss
Anne from The Rest of Me
W for Wonder this one’s been hijacked

Image from Emsource

To Absent Friends


When I started blogging I really had little idea about the blogging “community”. I didn’t know that you could make friends online in this manner, nor did I understand that I would come to care about the people I’ve met and value the interaction I have with them.

But there does seem to be a type of evolution that occurs with personal blogs, and I make a clear distinction here between those who do blog personally as opposed to those who do it in an effort to make money. I make no real judgement on the latter, but I must admit that those who constantly sign up friends in the various communities [like blogcatalog and mybloglog] simply so they can send out bulk emails to people, do tend to grate on me. There’s one bloke who has taken to commenting lately who simply says on each post that he has a new post as well. That sort of thing won’t encourage me to visit him unless he begins to make a genuine effort and contribution to the discussion. I guess I’ll put up with that for a little while, maybe he’s new and hasn’t worked out the etiquette yet. You know who you are! But back to the evolution question.

People who discover blogging seem in some cases to throw themselves headlong into it, posting everyday, trying to keep their blog live so people keep coming back. At some stage, perhaps after a few months, the number of posts taper off and the pressure to continually post eases off. And that’s OK for those of us who are loyal readers, we understand the time constraints that impose themselves and how other things in life begin to re-assert themselves. But what happens when people disappear?

After almost daily contact, where do those who delete their blogs, or simply stop posting go? Do they just get busy, or lose the desire? I like to think that maybe blogging has served it’s purpose, that the community created and interacted with was able to fill a void, maybe offer advice that was worthwhile, so that those people can move forward in their lives with a little more confidence than they once had, or at least with some extra knowledge that will serve them in good stead.

But for you absent friends who have disappeared how can we your friends thank you for being part of our lives for a little while when we can no longer contact you? Maybe one day when you return to blogging and maybe end up doing a search on your own name, or look at places that have linked to you, you’ll find this post, and perhaps check in and let us know how you’ve been getting on.

To the following absent friends, some of whom have disappeared, others of whom have been silent for a few weeks, I thank you and wish you well. I hope one day you’ll all be back.

Epi from Analysing It
Seiche
Amber from Random Magus
Goldy from Goldyworld
Wolfgang from Gazing into the Abyss
Anne from The Rest of Me
W for Wonder this one’s been hijacked

Image from Emsource

Social Networking

I don’t pretend to know a lot about social networking. For me blogging is about the writing and if people read what I write that is a bonus. When I started blogging in earnest only a few months ago there were very few readers and even fewer comments. That changed when I joined both MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog and I started to get regular people checking in and developing friendships with many of those people.

One of the major advantages of those sites is the recent viewers or recent reader widgets that can be installed which tells me who is visiting and I make a point of returning the favour to those people. I also find that I will click on the icons for visitors to their sites on their widgets and I have stumbled on a number of blogs in that manner which are now regular reads.

One of the things that I have found is that there are very few Aussie readers of my blogs, whilst the traffic to my blogs in terms of numbers is split fairly evenly between Australia and the US as the largest number of visitors, I suspect that 95% of the Aussie visitors are in fact me.

I also don’t profess to know a lot about Web 2.0 in fact I’m very much learning as I go which is part of the fun I guess.

So I thought that I might try a bit of an experiment and have searched for some Aussie bloggers today and decided to leave a few comments to see if any of them do find their way back here. Laurel Papworth who blogs about social networking has set up Bloggerati Australia to link Aussie Bloggers together so I’m off to join and I’ll watch with interest to see if the number of fellow Aussies visiting here shows any increases over the next weeks and months.

Incidentally, if any of you who read this aren’t members of MyBlogLog or BlogCatalog, I would urge you to join. You’re sure to find people you enjoy spending time with.

Social Networking

I don’t pretend to know a lot about social networking. For me blogging is about the writing and if people read what I write that is a bonus. When I started blogging in earnest only a few months ago there were very few readers and even fewer comments. That changed when I joined both MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog and I started to get regular people checking in and developing friendships with many of those people.

One of the major advantages of those sites is the recent viewers or recent reader widgets that can be installed which tells me who is visiting and I make a point of returning the favour to those people. I also find that I will click on the icons for visitors to their sites on their widgets and I have stumbled on a number of blogs in that manner which are now regular reads.

One of the things that I have found is that there are very few Aussie readers of my blogs, whilst the traffic to my blogs in terms of numbers is split fairly evenly between Australia and the US as the largest number of visitors, I suspect that 95% of the Aussie visitors are in fact me.

I also don’t profess to know a lot about Web 2.0 in fact I’m very much learning as I go which is part of the fun I guess.

So I thought that I might try a bit of an experiment and have searched for some Aussie bloggers today and decided to leave a few comments to see if any of them do find their way back here. Laurel Papworth who blogs about social networking has set up Bloggerati Australia to link Aussie Bloggers together so I’m off to join and I’ll watch with interest to see if the number of fellow Aussies visiting here shows any increases over the next weeks and months.

Incidentally, if any of you who read this aren’t members of MyBlogLog or BlogCatalog, I would urge you to join. You’re sure to find people you enjoy spending time with.