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The Ghosts of Posts Past October 29, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, People.

Blogging is a cyber-microcosm of life.

Regular visitors come and go.  Just like in the real world, there is a constant ebb and flow of people, places, things, and thoughts.


Reading comments threads from past posts reveal these ghosts.

People who stopped by to share their views on the world and then vanished without a trace into the vast reaches of cyber space.


Some ghosts are missed.  We wonder where they wander now.  Absence oft makes the heart grow fonder.

Others . . . not so much.    Out of sight, out of mind.


Here’s to the ghosts of posts past whose haunting refrain lingers in our hearts.

Aah . . . that’s better.

We loved watching this guy paddle-boarding with two dogs just before sunset at the Anna Maria Pier last week.  It looked like both dogs had been outfitted with U.S.C.G. approved flotation devices.

I invited Tigger to go paddle-boarding with me next time.  He declined.


1. Crowing Crone Joss - October 29, 2013

perhaps this ebb and flow of people, places and things is why we are often mesmerized by the tides!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Oh, I quite like that thought. Thanks, Joss.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - October 29, 2013

Cool picture of the Pier!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

It was a gorgeous night to peer at the Pier . . . and spy a couple of dogs riding by.

3. Lisa A. Kramer - October 29, 2013

Sometimes I wonder about past people who have visited and think I should check in. But then I realize that my own blogging has waxed and waned, and that there re times when I fade in and fade out. There’s that saying about friendships coming when you need them and sometimes fading away (I can’t find the exact quote i am looking for). Blogging is like that as well.

Lately I’ve been getting comments on posts long past, on the original blog. I wonder why they are suddenly getting notice.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

There’s a poem about friends coming into our lives for a reason or a season or a lifetime. Maybe that’s what you’re after?

Older posts are viewed on SLTW with little discussion ~ which is my favorite part of blogging. I often enjoy the comment threads more than the posts. Thanks for weighing in.

Lisa A. Kramer - October 29, 2013

That’s the poem I was thinking of.. I love the discussion part as well.

4. suzicate - October 29, 2013

I look at it as the universe providing us and them with what we each need at the time. Four years ago I concerned myself whether or not it was my writing that pushed them away…now I don’t concentrate on that part, but try to enjoy the camaraderie of those who come my way and in the areas I venture.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

I know I chased 1 or 2 away, brandishing my witch’s broom. 😛

You’ve got the right idea ~ it makes sense to focus on who is HERE, NOW . . . and enjoy THIS MOMENT with them. Knowing that some will stay and some will go.

5. ericjbaker - October 29, 2013

“Others . . . not so much.”

I’ve been reading Spirit Lights the Way long enough to suspect you have a certain person in mind…

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Do her initials begin “LL”? :mrgreen:

ericjbaker - October 29, 2013

Shhhh. Let’s not unlock that particular inmate’s cell.


nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Agreed. That’s one key better tossed away.

6. Don - October 29, 2013

Great images Nancy. Love the light, thin and transparent, a bit like those Ghosts that ebb and flow through cyber-space.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Don. The ghostly light in these shots appealed to me, and seemed perfect for pairing with the ghosts of posts past.

Here’s to the haunting familiar refrains of life’s ebbs and flows.

7. katecrimmins - October 29, 2013

Sometimes I mourn the loss of a devoted blogger especially one who comments often and articulately (is that a word?). Usually they are blogging less too so I don’t take it too personal but I miss them all the same.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

When wonderful (and articulate) blogging friends disappear from view, I always hope they’ll return on a future tide. Some do. Many don’t. I’m always glad for the time we shared.

8. Arlee Bird - October 29, 2013

There is at least one of my past regulars who died. There are others I do wonder about that seem to have stopped blogging for some reason or post only sporadically. Some commenters on my site are gone probably because my social networking decreased and since they don’t see me at their sites then they forget about my site. So much of social blogging interaction seems to be a function of reciprocity. I tend to visit those who comment on my site more often than others because that’s often all I have time for. All commenters are appreciated and though many become somewhat forgotten, they are nevertheless missed when they’ve gone away.

Check out my interview with viral blogger Liza Long
Tossing It Out

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Reciprocity is BIG for some bloggers ~ if/when they stop posting, they often stop visiting other blogs too.

I don’t know that I would do the same since I tend to read blogs I really enjoy and get something out of (a laugh, a thought to ponder, a beautiful painting or photograph). It’s icing on the cake if those same bloggers swing by here to enjoy SLTW. 😀

9. jannatwrites - October 29, 2013

Well I’m not done haunting your site 😛

I have noticed that people come and go as well. I guess life gets busy or interests change, I don’t know. There are a few people who have read my blog for a couple years (including you) so if they disappeared, I would wonder what happened.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Yay! And ditto ~ let our co-haunting continue! 😯

Assuming that bloggers disappeared because they’re busy or their interests changed is far better than assuming that they don’t care about . . . every little thing that pops into our fertile minds that we can’t wait to share with the world, eh? :mrgreen:

That said, if you leave . . . I will find you.

10. Maggie - October 29, 2013

Yeah, I’ve always wondered what happened to those people who used to comment all the time… interesting. Good series of pictures!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Maggie. I notice the absence most when I go back to past posts and read the comment threads ~ seeing familiar names whose faces haven’t been around in a while.

I bet blogging would be overwhelming if everyone who stopped by ONCE came by every day. I’d have no time to do anything but respond to comments.

11. Andra Watkins - October 29, 2013

Many of my ghosts have stopped blogging. I miss their stories more than I miss their visits.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Yes! It’s a double whammy ~ we don’t see them Here, There, or Anywhere. I keep hoping they’ll wash up on the next tide.

12. sufilight - October 30, 2013

Even if I am not very active in WP, I like to read blogs and comment. I cleaned up my subscriptions and now follow only a handful so I can focus on my projects and still enjoy the posts from my favorite bloggers. 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Thanks, Marie. I’m delighted to be on that list! I do clean out my subscriptions from time to time to keep the pool of bloggers I follow to a manageable size.

And I remain subscribed to “expired blogs” so that if posts resume, I’ll be “first” to know.

13. Barb - October 30, 2013

I was thinking of this recently, too. Funny how we’ve made connections throughout the world and our mind wander to them even when they ebb away. Are they okay? What are they busy with? For me, I’ve discovered blogging is seasonal. The worse the weather, the more I’m inside. I’m always glad when familiar faces return to the cyberworld.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

I don’t notice the seasonal aspect as much these days since I have blogging friends in both the northern and the southern hemispheres ~ the sun is always shining somewhere. And the weather here, year-round, is conducive to being out and about.

That said, I do prefer to blog on the cloudy days. 😎

14. Perfecting Motherhood - October 30, 2013

People really come and go, on the web and in real life. I love to see life jackets on those dogs. Did you tell Tigger he’d get a life jacket in his favorite color?

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Very cool to watch the doggies while the owner did the doggie paddle! Tigger’s favorite color is “TREAT.” :mrgreen:

Perfecting Motherhood - October 30, 2013

Oh, maybe you just need to get him a life jacket with lots of pockets for treats. 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

We can get him to do anything for TREATS . . . except learn to “doggie paddle.” 😉

15. kateshrewsday - October 30, 2013

I love this thought, Nancy, it’s spot-on. There are some people I would give a lot to hear from again…

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Yes! I’d really love to have The Only Cin back on a regular basis. Her posts and comments always offered something of merit.

16. Three Well Beings - October 31, 2013

I also wonder when people I’ve enjoyed knowing through this blog have just disappeared. I’ve been sorry when some have said they just need to move on, but at least we know they’re making a decision. The ones that just dropped out, well, some of them I really miss. My reaction kind of surprises me.

I’ve seen people paddle boarding with their pets but wondered if the poor pets shouldn’t be wearing a life vest? I think Tigger may have the right idea, Nancy.

Thank you so much for the “fly by” mention. 🙂

nrhatch - October 31, 2013

Your posts almost always land on the “fly by” screen ~ which is my most favorite widget of all. I love seeing the eclectic mix of blogs I follow in a colorful montage.

Some dogs are good swimmers. Life vests might hamper them more than help. I wonder if the dogs enjoy it . . . or if they’d prefer a good long walk?

We grow accustomed to seeing favorite cyber faces. Because I don’t see them all every day, the ebb and flow is OK . . . until I glance at an old comment thread and realize they’ve been gone far too long. Sometimes they return for an encore ~ always a pleasant surprise.

17. shreejacob - November 2, 2013

Wow…tell you something silly, Nancy. This post is the scariest I’ve read today….
It’s that visual I had…of “people” wandering off into the vast unknowable land of the internet….
*remains speechless as I think about it*…….

Hehehe..(that was a nervous giggle)

nrhatch - November 2, 2013

The great cyber chasm is SCARY . . . if we’re not mindful, we can get sucked into the vortex and lose track of the EXIT sign. 😯

shreejacob - November 2, 2013

Gee..now you’ve given me fodder for nightmares..:P

nrhatch - November 2, 2013

Getting lost in the Web with no way out is the stuff of night terrors.

“Help! I’m stuck in youtube land and I can’t get out!”

As someone said on your 11/1 post, we’d need to call the WBRS (Womble Blog Rescue Squad). :mrgreen:

18. Adam S - November 3, 2013


nrhatch - November 4, 2013

Word. 😉

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