What do you do when a blogger that you have become attached to just ups and suddenly disappears into thin air?
I met an awesome Christian blogger and we were consistently supportive of each other and I loved his quiet reflections. Sometime ago, he hinted on changes going on in his life though he was not specific and I didn’t needle to pry, but I sensed his unhappiness.
For several weeks, going on two months actually, he has neither posted nor visited and bantered with me like he would and after waiting for a while and missing his blessings sufficiently, I decided to go looking for him.
It was a shock to find his blog was now private and needed a password. I sent a request for access some 3 weeks ago and not a peep.
I am almost tempted to mention his name and ask if anyone has seen him floating around cyber-space and just to know that he is fine and didn’t do something stupid.
Then I simply whispered a prayer in my heart hoping that all is well with him. That whatever his problems were, I hope he has found sufficient grace to surmount them.
I have tried to find reasons not to worry, yet my mind wanders now and again to my friend and it is a bit surprising to realize how much I care.
How much a great number of people that I have met here mean to me.
How overtime our blogging friends start feeling familiar and like extended family.
How we develop attachments with total strangers across the globe.
I realized that maybe I am putting too much of my personal emotions in the friendships developed here, thinking that maybe, I should feel detached so that I wouldn’t notice if someone is missing in action; but that is simply not who I am.
Even bloggers who are blogging incognito, I have assigned voices and faces to their ambiguous status.
I can start writing a long list of bloggers that I will miss if I don’t see them for a bit and my list would be so long because I think I virtually follow everyone who follows me.
I simply think that if they find me worth spending their time on, then they are worth spending my time on as well.
So, I guess this is blogging life. Now here, tomorrow gone Not happy.
Please, to all my blogger friends, do let us know when you want to run along and I want to let you know that I appreciate meeting you in this space and time wherever you are.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha