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It’s Spreading

PSoTD notes that Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla is following Billmon’s lead at the Whiskey Bar and dropping out of blogtopia.

Both sites are gone today, so it looks rather permanent.

Their voices and perspectives will be missed, but you have to want to do this to maintain the grind of frequent posting, and there is a “real world” to attend to, beyond blogs.


1 Karen { 12.30.06 at 9:16 am }

Yep – Bilmon has been off-an-on for some time (though a final post or explanation would have been *nice* for his readership than merely a complete disappearance…like Faf!) But he will be missed!

But there is no doubt that it tis work to put up posts and take the time to follow the blog world – and much more so for those in higher echelons of blog-hits. But I’m actually glad to be a small bloggie techno-dweeb of minor account (tis the way I’d prefer to keep it. *wink*) and I can blog as I wish without much ado.


2 Bryan { 12.30.06 at 10:41 am }

There is a point when you have to decide if you want to do this on a regular basis. If you can’t make it a conversation, it becomes a job.

It would be nice to leave a note behind for a month to explain your decision.

3 Scorpio { 12.30.06 at 5:22 pm }

Susie is still there — at least I can see her. Refresh your cache!! (Do shift and the circling arrows.)

4 oldwhitelady { 12.30.06 at 7:03 pm }

That’s too bad. I guess it’s difficult when you actually post real stuff you can get your teeth into (not just cat pictures-like I like to do:).
As you say, there is a real world out there, beyond blogtopia.

5 Steve Bates { 12.30.06 at 9:52 pm }

As it happens, my blogiversary (y,Jctt) is New Year’s Day, so every New Year I spend hours ruminating about the utility… or futility… of my blogging. It’s an awful lot of work, even for people who really like writing and don’t mind sticking their noses in s**t every day. My goal… and I still have some hope of achieving it, if I live long enough… is to blog until the Shrubbery has no more power than I do.

Billmon, Susie and others who have left recently have my eternal thanks and admiration; they’ve done a lot for all of us through some very tough times. If I had accomplished that much, I might have decided to retire from blogging myself. As it is, I feel I owe a bit more. Onward through the fray, for the Constitution…

6 Bryan { 12.30.06 at 9:54 pm }

Scorpio, there are a couple of different things going on at the same time, including a major spam attack that amounts to a denial of service attack on her host. I can get in through a Google to her archives, but when I go directly I redirected her hosting service. I have the most minimal of caches because of problems with Blogger, so re-loading doesn’t help.

OWL, man does not live by politics alone, and the kittie pictures are a nice break, as was your Christmas tree war. It’s nice to have a “park” to visit rather than being stuck in the “business world” all the time. You have a voice and an audience – what more does a writer need? [Okay, money would be nice, but I don’t think any of us expects to get rich from blogging.]

7 andante { 12.31.06 at 8:22 pm }

Real world intruding is the understatement of my year! When a thousand other things are happening it’s hard to concentrate long enough to post more than kitty pictures.

Not that my cats aren’t insanely adorable.

I think I’m finally about to come up for air, though….the kid goes back to college soon, Christmas is over, and for the time being I’m enjoying spoiling both the kid and my grandpuppy.

And Bryan – I wish you a most successful, prosperous, happy, and hurricane-free 2007!

8 Bryan { 12.31.06 at 9:52 pm }

Andante, this is a stressful time during a normal year, and this year hasn’t been normal for a lot of us for a lot of reasons. If you are in the mood for advice, take it easy before ramping up to normal. It isn’t easy, but it improves life.

Thanks for your kind thoughts, but we had a break in 2006, so I’m expecting 2007 to swing back to a more normal cycle for hurricanes, but nothing like 2005. We have had some cold weather which helps to cool off the Gulf and keeps down the intensity.