I have been following a couple of blogs that have been abandoned. I don't mean the ones when the author has signed off, moved or decided that blogging is just too distracting. I mean just one normal post and - poof.
I feel a strange sadness each time I click on the link and the last post is still several months old and no updates have been made.
The author's smiling face may greet me. Her (or his)family may be also be there. Frozen in time.
I have no idea what to do in this situation. Do I let the blogger still carrying the link know? Do I send out a search warrant? Should I worry?
I am a bit of a history buff. I love to explore ruins and abandoned cities. I love to imagine the world that existed there. I am a big fan of ghost towns. The question of what happened is something that I find incredibly intriguing.
This is somehow different though. I feel about these blogs in a similar way to friends who I have left behind unexpectedly. People with whom I have lost contact through no apparent fault of my own but who have, without explanation, decided that they will no longer talk to me.
Strangely, I have a couple of those folks in my history. I have no idea what travesty I committed. And they won't say.
Abandoned towns. Abandoned blogs. Abandoned friends.
All with the question: where did they go?