Sunday, December 13, 2009


When I began to blog, I inexplicably started to develop attachments to my invisible friends (that would be all of you). I spent a lot of time nourishing relationships with my new pals around the world by reading and commenting. I've even grown to care what happens to my new friends(and their pets) that, but for their blogs, I don't really know. In a lot of ways, I communicate more through my blog and all of yours, than I do with visits and phone calls to my not so invisible friends. In short, the internet has blessed me with a brand new way to broaden my horizons and make new relationships.

But it bothers me a bit when people stop blogging all of a sudden. There have been times when I've wanted to, but just can't. It would seem I always have something to say. Sometimes, people still blog but don't visit me anymore. In those situations, I wonder what I've done to offend. I don't dwell on it, but I think about it.

When Flydragon fell off the radar over the summer, I thought she was caught up in her gardening and was taking a little hiatus. She stopped commenting and blogging altogether. Still, even though I thought about her now and then, I didn't think too much of her being off the grid so to speak. I thought maybe she caught the Facebook bug that was going around. Or she was tweeting her little heart out, and not at the birds she loved to blog about. But that was not the case.

The woman who made me aspirate my coffee when she gave me the Full of Hot Air award, is leaving us for good. Her daughter is making intermittent posts to update us on Flydragon's condition. She is giving her mom sentiments and well wishes we'd like to share.

Don't miss your opportunity to share your thoughts. You can do so here.


willowtree said...

Over the past 4 years I've seen a few good blog buddies just disappear, it's always a little disconcerting.

Rudee said...

It is disconcerting, WT.

Miss 376 said...

I often wonder about what happens with people, it's a very small world on the internet.

Gail said...

I am so sorry.

Brenda said...

I found Flydragon through your blog Rudee. She cracked me up with the comments she left you and I knew right away I could be friends with her, because I love all folks that make me laugh, or ones that I can laugh with..well, you know what I mean. I have wondered if there is an appropriate way to deal with illnesses, etc. when we hear about this happening to our blogging friends. I was glad that her daughter let us know. Maybe we could all get together and send flowers from her blogging friends. But so many times, people do not want to reveal their address or email or any thing other than the info they feel comfortable sharing on the blog. Let me know if you or anyone else would like to send flowers or anything.

Rositta said...

I've seen many bloggers disappear of the last four years and I always wonder what happened. With some like Flydragon you find out and with others you don't and always wonder. Sometimes I go back to their site to see if I can parse any information but usually not. In Flydragons case her daughter is keeping us informed. It is very sad...ciao

Stephanie V said...

How caring of Flydragon's daughter to keep her blogging friends informed. I haven't experienced that kind of loss in my blogging world. But, now that you have mentioned it, I realize that there is one that I haven't seen for a month or so. I must follow up.

Jane said...

What a blessing blogging friends are to each other. Thank you for being one of mine, Rudee.

Anonymous said...

My husband often jokes when I blog, about "my pretend friends," but he could not be more wrong. I have come to care a great deal about so many of my blogging friends, and they are real friends.

It is always sad when a blog disappears without warning or worse when someone is ill. I hope Fly Dragon's daughter keeps us updated and that she will be okay.

I have to remember, not to take it personal, because sometimes I do, when it is most often, nothing to do with me.

Bottom line, blogging friends are a true blessing.

Kathleen said...

I feel so blessed to call you friend, Rudee. I'm so sorry about Flydragon. She's one in a million.

I always feel like my world's been rocked in a bad way when a fave blogpal drops out. Bums me out for weeks.

What is wrong with me?