Do you ever wonder what happens to the bloggers who started strong, persevered for a time and then just disappeared off the face of blogosphere?
I was updating some information on my blogs the other day and was checking the list of some bloggers I once followed. When I went to their sites, I noticed their last posts were all over three years ago – or longer.
What happens to people who just disappear from the blogging world? Do they lose their steam? Their desire to write? Move on to other things, other fads? Are they now “Vlogging”, as seems to be the next phase of the blogging world? And if they’ve moved on to other things, why do they leave their site open?
I understand the part where you lose your steam. Some days are hard trying to keep up with a blog. I try to keep up with two and where it used to not be so difficult to do, I now find my self struggling to do it, as it is much more difficult to type. Yet, my desire is still there. I haven’t moved on to other things, other fads and have even contemplated Vlogging at times, becoming the next Casey Neistat of the Parkinson’s world. But I have to find myself some really cool sunglasses first and a really, really, really humongous loyal following. I only need like 3 million more people. That’s all.
I first started blogging about Parkinson’s disease the year I was officially diagnosed. It was sometime in 2004. A lot has happened since then but the aim, my focus, my purpose or mission as I see it, was to write about my journey along the way so that others with PD might be encouraged and know they are not alone in this battle. My focus or aim was never to see how many followers I might have tag along or if I could make my blog a money machine. It still isn’t. My goal remains the same: to encourage others in their journey and to let them know they are not traveling this journey of PD alone.
When I first started out, my blog name, Parkinson’s Journey, was easy to claim, as there were literally a handful of blogs about PD. The Michael J Fox blog hadn’t even been invented yet, nor had the blogs for American Parkinson’s Disease Assn, or many of the top PD websites that have been on the internet for some time.
It seems blogs for PD or Facebook groups on PD have swelled into existence in just the last few years, as I am sure is true for other diseases, causes, etc. Everything has swelled on the internet! In fact, the name of my blog, Parkinson’s Journey, has swelled as well, taking on several different varieties using Parkinson’s and Journey in their name.
And so I glance through Facebook and Google (or wherever) to see if there are new blogs or websites on PD that I might add to my list of references for those seeking information on PD, sometimes I find an oldie that is now laying dormant or I find 25 new ones. And so I clean up my list and am thankful for the changes. I can’t be everything to everyone, nor can five or six of us. I appreciate that there are others who are sharing their stories with others. The patients, the caregivers, the doctors and more. We all have a story to share/tell. Where others may be able to reach, others may not and that is why, as many who can tell their stories need to.
It sends the message that others who are fighting this disease are important and you are willing to share your journey if it means making their journey just a little bit easier.
That’s my purpose. That you, as a co-journeyer, know that we are on this journey together and you are not alone.