looking backward*

The other day I decided to have a look at the many comments people have left on this humble blog since I began it more than ten years ago. I remembered “conversations” then with people that I don’t see anymore, and I wondered what had become of them.

It turns out there have been (as of this writing) 1,314 comments on this blog, spread across 1,041 posts. That’s a little better than 1 comment per post on average (when you remove the hundred or so response comments I have made), which I think is acceptable. Not spectacular, but decent.

I went back to the very first comments and began moving through them toward the present. In those early days I had some regulars who generally had something substantive to say about whatever I was saying. But I haven’t heard from many of them in long years. Fortunately, their comments usually included a link to their own site, and I could go to those to see what there was to see.

Sadly, many of the links were dead. Or they linked to blogs that haven’t had a post in five years. I know that most blogs have a very short shelf life, and I suppose the bloggers have moved on to something bigger or better or less time consuming or just got lives in the real world. Still, it was sad to see familiar names and realize that I’ve lost touch with them after having had lively conversations and “relationships” with them.

Of those early commenters, only two are still around and leaving comments here. I’m grateful for that. And new visitors have replaced the old who are gone. The cycle continues.

 

*No, not the novel by Edward Bellamy, which I read years and years and years ago (though not when it first came out).

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2 Comments on “looking backward*”

  1. markparis Says:

    Sometimes I’m surprised to see how long ago I started following RRJ, and now this blog. I read a small number of blogs, and I do feel a sense of a relationship with the authors. I’m not posting on my own blog as much as I used to, but I hope to change that.

  2. Paul Lamb Says:

    Mark, thanks for salvaging this post about comments by making an actual comment to it. I feared the irony would swell to unmanageable volumes.


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