You're going through your blog roll, reading and commenting. Everything is peachy keen and jelly beans. However, when you click on the next blog...POOF...it's been deleted. You sit there staring at your computer screen in amazement, wondering what happened. The blogger's last post gave NO indication, that they were ending everything. There were no goodbyes or explanations. They're just gone! They've entered the blogging abyss, never to be heard of again. It's as if Dracula snatched them! Eeek!
Death Becomes Her! The Sloooooooooooow Blog Death!
This is when a blogger's posts turns from content to WORRY! Here are some examples. "I'm not getting comments!" "I don't know if I want to do this anymore!" "I need a break!" "My inspiration is gone!" "What do you guys want!?!" As a faithful reader of that person's blog, you're there with your blog crystal ball and comment defibrillator doing all you can to keep them going. With enough motivation and positivity you get them back on track and they're ok. Others...FLATLINE!
The Promises Kept, Promises Broken Blogger. You need an Omen to figure out what's going to happen next!
I think everyone has witnessed this one before. The blogger promises to return after he/she completes (fill in the blank) school, having a baby, getting married, when they figure things out, write a paper etc. Well we know what happens next! Some bloggers keep their promise and start posting again, and others do not. Throughout the entire time you're hoping for an omen to foretell the future of their blog.
Bloggers That Are In A State Of Limbo! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!
This is when a blog sits for weeks and months at a time accumulating comments from their faithful readers such as, "where are you?", "I miss you!" "I hope everything is ok!" and there's NO response. At this point, you're wondering ARE they coming back? Can't they see their readers miss them? And as the weeks and months increase, you're just hoping and praying they create a post either saying goodbye, I need more time, or I'm returning.
Blogger Apparitions! Who You Gonna Call? GHOSTBUSTERS!
You truly feel like calling Ghosbusters on this type of blogger because they show up on all forms of social media sites EXCEPT their blog. They've abandoned their blogs for whatever reason, but you know they're still around because they "like" your posts on Facebook, pictures on Instagram and respond to you on Twitter. It's great to see that they're around, but what are their plans for their blog?
The last one is a DOUBLE FEATURE! Return Of The Living Dead and Poltergeist Blogger!
They're baaaaaack! This is when a blogger returns from a serious long hiatus and decides to blog again. At this point you just want to give them a great big BLOG HUG because you've truly missed their inspiring posts.
I dedicate this post to my blog buddy Nelah of 52 New Days Blog. Nelah has blogged for years and was one of my first readers. She just recently decided to end her blog, but HOW she did it was exemplary. She let her readers know what was going on with her and her thoughts. I found that very courteous, and thank her for acknowledging her readers.
What's your opinion? Have you witnessed the end of some of your favorite blogs? Does a blogger owe anyone an explanation before pulling the plug on their blog? Does it really matter how you exit? Does it matter how you exit whether you have ten, hundreds, thousands or millions of readers? As a reader should you not become attached to the writer and only concentrate on their content? I get so attached. Let me know your thoughts on this topic!
If ever and whenever I decide to end A Very Sweet Blog, I will definitely create a post letting you know of my decision. Don't worry, the time is not now. I personally prefer giving my readers some type of closure.