I found over the course of the past couple of years that people are non-conformists when it comes to the disposing of their personal property.
Take blogs for example.
I read a thoughtful post from a fellow blogger a few weeks ago in which she described the reasoning as to why she was cutting down on the amount of blogs she was reading, so a few days later, I decided to do the same thing.
So I started sifting through my bookmarks and my profile to see if they were any blogs I could pull the plug on, so to speak. Well, after checking about ten and after becoming a follower to a couple, I found about four out of what was left that I could pull the plug on. Unfortunately, those people did it for me.
I say "unfortunately" because even though those particular blogs weren't active for anywhere between a year to a year and a half, all but one of those bloggers were at one time active readers of my blog, so you know the old saying of tit for tat.
However, I did discover some unusual things about the way these bloggers decided to dispose of their blogs which I would like to share with you.
I had one blogger that used to follow me (and I her) in 2008, who managed to do what I thought was the most unique blog purge that I've ever seen.
What she did to her blog was to leave the addy up and the pictures on it, but completely purge the written content out of it. If you go to her now defunct blog, you'll see a little floating box that says all of the content has been removed. I did manage to explore a few of her remaining personal links and it looks like she also removed herself from the Etsy website as well. Her photography business is still going strong though, which I was able to find through an adieu post on another defunct blog of hers. So I guess this was more of a relocation that an outright disposal. So it now becomes one of the best relocation jobs I've seen in quite sometime.
Another blogger who moved from WordPress to Blogger, apparently got rid of his and sort of purged out his profile as well, so all that's left of him is his avatar and a few links to some dead blogs, which after doing a little poking around, found one that arose from the ashes and has a new home. So now I have yet another blog to my collection (makes about what, 90 I think).
Another blogger who happened to find me about this time last year via the BlogCatalog directory/website (see, that button was useful to me after all) went on hiatus sometime in early December '09. Then sometime this year, she purged her blog and made the addy available for use. Too bad because it was a pretty decent newbie writing blog.
Finally, there was one very strange political blog I found that was based in California. The blogger was involved with the public relations aspect of media communications and I guess his job was taking up all of his free time, so blogging was probably one of the first things to go. Even though the blog is still there, the content is not. Apparently he simply deleted each and every single post from his blog.
It's always sad when a blog that you enjoy reading goes to that big Cyber graveyard in the sky, because for just a little while, you were able to connect on a particular level with that blogger and with that blogger gone, it seems like a tiny little piece of you goes to that Cyber graveyard as well.
However, there is a silver lining here, as while I was writing this post and doing a little research in the process, I picked up a couple more blogs to read.
Life goes on and about all I can add is that I sincerely hope that those bloggers who needed to leave are still doing okay with themselves.