Monday, November 24, 2014

Oh How I Miss You Blogfest

It's time for the second annual, Oh How I Miss You Blogfest. Thanks to Andrew Leon, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Matthew McNish for hosting.

The bloggers we miss, and the bloggers we would miss...

Since I've been at this bloggy-thing for a pretty long time, I want to take the opportunity to introduce you to some blogs none of you have probably ever visited. When I first started blogging, blogs really were just online diaries. Over the years, my best blogger friends have dropped like flies, and for awhile, there were a handful that kept on going like me. But alas, three of them have decided to stop blogging just this year.

RIP - Blogs I Miss

The Weird Girl (2005-2014) Mary was a new mother who juggled home life and her work life as a writer/editor. Recently, her blogging slowed down, and her last post was early September. "Back in the day," she was one of only a few writer-friends I had. We're still great friends, and I have come to rely on her as a beta reader. We keep in touch on Facebook too.

Shaken Not Stirred (2004-2014) Angel Jr. started blogging a year before me, and his blog was a true online diary. He talked a lot about his favorite shows, his struggle with passing his medical licensing exam, and every day stuff. He was also the very first blogger I got to meet in person in a tiny airport in West Virginia. Although his blogging days are over, we're still friends and talk via Facebook.

Phats (2005-2014) Phats became a blogger just a couple months before me. He often posted about his love for anything Purdue Boilermakers. We have a lot in common: I was a high school tennis coach (and Phats still is to this day), we both have a similar sense of humor, and we each had to death with near death health scares. He shut down his blog this summer, but we still talk all the time through Facebook.

Notice a pattern here???

Blogs I Would Miss

The Blog (2004-Present) Cube has been at this for a long time, and she celebrated her 10 year blogiversary just this October. Her posts have gotten much much shorter the last few years, and she doesn't really visit others as often as she used to. Her blog has also taken a political slant since 2010 or so. But Cube is still at it, which is why I listed mentioned her last year. If she ever stops before me, it'd be sad to lose yet another long time blogger.

Confessions of a Dumb White Guy (2005-Present) Shife started blogging in January of 2005, and his posts always make me laugh. It's been pretty cool keeping up with Shife's life throughout the years since discovering his corner of the blogosphere - he had become a father twice and his his book (based on his blog posts) FINALLY came out this Fall. Shife and I are good buddies, and it's been great watching him realize his dreams. Go visit Shife right now!

Thinking about all of these "old-line" blogs, I've come to fully realize that next August 3rd will be my ten year blogiversary. A whole decade of blogging! Any ideas as to what I should do to celebrate with all of you???


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ten years is a long time. You have a long history of blogging friends. Cool Matt's posts are now a book.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It's nice that you at least keep in touch with a number of those bloggers via Facebook, etc.

And ten years for you? Wow!

Dani said...

Keeping in touch outside of blogging is a popular theme with as well. When I meet a blogger who seems to get me, I like to friend them in other aspects of my life.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Next April will be 10 years for me and there have been so many bloggers who have come and gone.

Matthew MacNish said...

There are so many bloggers I know who I am only still in touch with on Facebook and Twitter.

Sarah Foster said...

Ten years of blogging? That's impressive! It's good that you can still keep in touch with these people on Facebook.

Pat Hatt said...

10 years is sure a long time, only going on 5 at my sea

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jay - can't claim the 10 years, but can do six and into my 7th in January .. I love communicating with bloggers ... am not into FB - but I guess I'll get there!! Cheers and good to see you here .. Hilary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's sad to have friends quit blogging but at least you're still in touch. Facebook keeps changing so much.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: And my circle of blogger buddies gets smaller every year!

Madeline: Yes. Thank Zeus for Facebook.

Dani: I'm the same way. It's especially fun getting to meet blogger buddies in person.

Diane: Not many of us left! I've got a list a mile long of blogger buddies that have stopped.

Matthew: Me too. When I "click" with certain people, I want to get to know them better. Technology can be awesome.

Sarah: I've got several months to go, but it doesn't feel that long. Or maybe it does!

Pat: 5 years makes you a veteran in this world.

Hilary: Congrats on six years. Blogging has changed a lot the last six years, don't you think?

Christine Rains said...

There are a lot of bloggers I'd miss if they stopped blogging. And funny thing too, a few bloggers I knew that stopped blogging, I now keep in touch with on FB. Ten years! Wow. A big celebration is surely needed. :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jay Noel said...

Susan: Glad I found you on there! It's really awesome to be able to keep in touch in between blog posts.

Christine: Yup. Same here - so thankful for Facebook. Glad you and I are buddies on there! Take care!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi, Jay!! It's really something how we develop such close connections with our fellow bloggers, isn't it? Have a great Monday, sir!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Woozers 10 years. That is impressive. Maybe share the secrets that keep you going. ;)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

whoa ten years! That's huge! I had my 1 year last June and I posted a ton of fun gifs that I always loved but never had much of a place to fit in in ANY blog, ha, it was fun! :)

Margo Kelly said...

10 years! Wow. Congrats on that milestone. :)

Jay Noel said...

Keith: Yes it is. These friendships are real. Have a great Monday too!

Holly: I know. A whole decade. Crazy.

Beth: I might have to do something fun like that leading up to my blog's birthday.

Margo: Thanks!

Hart Johnson said...

Whole new set for me! I will have to check out your 'would miss' blogs. These blogfests are great for that.

Andrew Leon said...

Wow, those are some really long-running blogs. Makes me feel like I haven't even started, yet.
And "The Weird Girl" is a great title.

Anonymous said...

You must be a wonderful blogger to keep friends for such long periods.
Great post.

Sherry Ellis said...

Ten years is a long time for bloggers to be blogging. You can make a lot of really good friendships during that time. It's no wonder they are missed!

Jenna Howard said...

You're the only blogger I know who is still blogging from back in the day. Granted I kept losing track of everyone. It was such a massive community back in the day.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

So funny how I don't know the ones you miss or the ones you'd miss.

Hearing all kinds of crazy from you all up north. Stay safe!

G. B. Miller said...

I'm impressed that you managed to last 10 years. I know of one only blogger who has made it that far and he's a retired CT T.V. personality, and he started with WordPress before it became WordPress.

Not sure what I could suggest for your ten year anniversary, but I bet it will be a doozy. BTW, mine will be 7 years next May (we hope).

Tammy Theriault said...

Great dedication, Jay! 10 year huh? Maybe you should wear your birthday suit :D

David P. King said...

I completely forgot this was happening, and I am surprised by how many blogs have gone MIA. There are, however, just as many still going strong. Glad you're one of them. :)

Mr. Shife said...

Thanks for the blogging love, Jay. Much appreciated. I will be at 10 years next year too. We'll have to have a big, virtual party. Take care my friend and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Very good post. Thanks for sharing Matt's blog. Ten years?! Wow. Congratulations.

Anna Soliveres said...

Ten years! Indeed, congratulations! I've been blogging for something like five years, and I definitely have my lulls here and there.

Hope all is well and that you had a great Thanksgiving!

Jay Noel said...

Ten years and counting!

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