When people disappear from the internet
24th May 2016
At some point over the last couple of weeks, one of my favourite home and lifestyle bloggers disappeared from the internet.
I noticed that she hadn’t been posting on Instagram but I just thought that the new Instagram changes meant I wasn’t seeing her posts. But then I looked at her blog and other social media accounts but they had all been shut down.
Questions started running through my brain. Why has she gone? What happened? Is she okay? Is her daughter okay?
It might seem crazy to an outside that I’m so worried and curious about a blogger leaving the internet, but I guess when you’ve read someone’s blog for so many years, and you’ve had conversations with them on social media, it’s natural to worry.
And I’m just a worrier.
I should be used to it by now. I’ve been building website and blogging in some form or another for 8 years now, and during this time I’ve seen a lot of bloggers come and go.
When someone disappears from the internet, out of the blue without any explanation, it’s a very strange thing. You do start to ask questions about what happened, and try to find them again in hope that they might have just need a little break from blogging and social media.
There have been many times when something triggers me to think about a blogger who disappeared. For instance just the other week I saw a box set of True Blood for sale and it made me think about a blogger I used to know who was obsessed with the TV series. She even influenced me to read the books.
I remember a two bloggers who were both incredible at graphic design and who inspired me to learn how to use Photoshop and to create beautiful imagery. They both stopped writing their blogs without any notice, but I still think about their blogs and their design work to this day.
I even think back as far back as the Piczo days to fellow users who I befriended and chatted to frequently. So many people stopped using Piczo when it was taken over and turned into a blogging platform, and I always wonder if any of these people went on to build their own websites or start blogs after Piczo changed.
I don’t know, I just think it’s interesting. It’s interesting how I still think about these people online who I never met in person, and still wonder what happened to them. It’s crazy how much of an impact some people have on our lives.
I really hope that the blogger I mentioned at the beginning of this posts returns to the internet in some form, even just to tell us what happened and why she disappeared. Really it’s absolutely none of my business, and people have ever right to leave the internet if they wish, but I’m just curious, and also worried.
Have you ever been in this situation? Have you ever been left wondering what happened to a blogger you liked after they left the internet?