While I was on my trip to Ireland, my blogging “mentor” closed down his blog. Just like that. Poof, goodbye.
I was stunned when I read his last entry dated April 10th. He was going out cold turkey and shutting his blog down that day. Unfortunately, that was the day I flew back to the U.S. I didn’t have internet access for most of the day. By the time I read his last entry several days later, he was gone. No more Doobster.
Mindful Digressions is sleeping with the fishes.
I feel like an orphan.
Literally, he was like my 1st or 2nd follower. It’s a mystery to me as to how he found my fledgling blog in the first place. Lucky accident.
He encouraged me in those early months of blogging. Heck, it was encouraging to me that he would just read and like my posts and comment sometimes! You know how it is when you’re just a kid starting out…
He started blogging on another blog site several years ago. Then he switched to WordPress in late 2013. He got Freshly Pressed and never looked back. When he shut down, I think he had something like 4500 followers.
He was a prolific blogger. Prolific. Like a pair of rabbits in solitary confinement. He posted daily. Some days, he posted several times. And he replied to comments. And he read other blogs. And he made comments on them. Oh yes, and still worked full time. And had a wife (they were separated) and adult children.
After 15 months of all that, I think he just plum burned out.
His last post said about his blogging “…it’s taken its toll on other facets of my life that require my undivided attention. So I am going to […]” and it stopped. Just stopped. If you tried to click for more, you get a message that it’s a private blog that requires a log in.
I’m totally blindsided by how hard this has hit me. Surprised that I am still looking for his latest post. I miss him liking my posts and making his (mostly) humorous comments. And I miss his weird ADHD obsession with his WordPress stats. Once he wrote a post about losing a follower from the day before. Who keeps track of that stuff? He did…
I became a better blogger by reading his blog, seeing how it was structured and observing how he interacted with his followers. And he’s probably the reason I didn’t quit after a few months.
So in case you decide to visit WordPress incognito and revisit some of your old followers…
I miss you Doobster. WordPress just isn’t quite the same without you. I hope you get things sorted out and can come back to us someday.
Until then, I’ll be down on the street corner selling apples for a nickel.