I used to take great joy in hunting the web for new blogs and new images. I used to take great care in recording all my favorite blogs on my blog roll.
But I've been lazy. I called it busy but it was lazy.
Yesterday I went through my blogroll and discovered so many blogs were defunct. The bloggers seemed to have had terminal cases of bloggus interruptus. Just like that one day they folded, some without ever saying good bye. I did not realize because my Gmail Reader only shows me blogs updates.
I'm also guilty of not commenting on blogs because that takes so much time. It's easier to suck up the info and images and imagine the bloggers are fine with that. All that hard work and passion taken for granted!
And I missed out on the relationships. ( I can hear your sneer, but to me those are relationships.) And just like in real life friendships, it's easy to assume that you can always call to touch base later. Only sometimes the person actually dies and there never is a 'later'. (It happened to my friend Jean-Jacques. I had not spoken to him in two years when he committed suicide.)
Another thing: I might be a writer, and author and whatnot, supposedly online to promote Hidden in Paris, but really what I like to read and the bloggers I'm into are the design bloggers. I read a million blogs on the craft of writing, marketing and self-promotion, but at the end of the day, all I want in my own blogs are pretty images of ... couches.
Design p#rn I call it.
So I updated my blogroll. If I missed you please let me know, and I always reciprocate so don't be shy. No more dead link in the left column as of today.
oh and a propos of nothing, don't forget to sign up for the art giveaway here.