All of the blogs that I follow, had somehow been «unfollowed», I just found out. ALL of them, in one fell swoop, so that isn’t something that I could have done myself. It’s all corrected now and many of you will have received an email, saying you have a new subscriber. That would be me.
All this hassle, reminded me of a fellow blogger back in the days of Yahoo 360°. Very few of you know what that was … I think there are only two people here, in my little circle of WordPress-bloggers, who were there. Yahoo 360° was all about blogging, but turned out to be much more of a community than anything else. It felt more like writing emails to a group of online buddies, and there were lists so that you could see who was friends with who.
Anyway, there was this woman from a country in eastern Europe. When you read her blogs, you got the impression that she was emotionally, very fragile. Even her screen name implied that she was fragile, but I forget now what it was. One day, she posted a blog and said that she would continue blogging, but she would no more comment on anybody else’s blog. She magically lost all her followers on the spot!
It was kind of fun there — for many of those bloggers in Yahoo 360° it was their first online experience. In hindsight, it’s also easy to glorify the whole thing — to see it in a kind of rosy light and forget all the drama and fighting that took place there. So different from here in WordPress, where you sometimes get the impression that most of the people are aspiring authors — at least I feel that way when I browse the FreshlyPressed — that many write about writing, and I have still … after these eight months of blogging … not found a topic or theme for this blog. It’s like a combined diary/small talk/chitchat, and I doubt that will have changed on December 31st.
Speaking of FreshlyPressed … a few weeks ago, I came across a post there that I found really interesting. Long, but fascinating so I read all of it and continued to the comments. One comment stood out like a sore thumb: «too long, won’t read it!» I think those words said a great deal about keeping up focus while reading on a computer screen online. It has to be very captivating in order to keep the readers’ interest up, when it gets to be about a thousand words, like that post was. This one is four hundred and thirty five words.