Monday, 20 April 2015

Goodbye, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Adieu

I noticed something recently. First it was a post by The Grandmommy, then my followers had dropped by two and then I realised that two blogs I follow had been closed down completely. What makes me sad is not that I have lost followers; I'm genuinely happy that people stop by but I don't expect lifetime dedication. It bothers me more that all of their work is gone...maybe for ever. I don't know if deleted blogs can even be retrieved *shrugs*
Why do some people make the conscious decision to remove their blogs entirely? Anger? Illness? Moving to another social media platform? I always imagined that once I had outgrown my blog it would simply sit there, slowly sinking to the bottom of every ones reading list on the Internet tides. That maybe in decades to come my ancestors, in a fit of curiosity, would Google my name and find it again - read it - laugh at it - agree that maybe I was a little bit nutty and the rumours were true.
I remember years ago, I decided to throw out every drawing, painting and sculpture I had ever made because I was moving out of my parents house and thought I would never need it again. My Mother tried to dissuade me and of course she was right. I bitterly regret not having those thing now to reflect on.


So, I am interested to know because I like Sociology
Do you think you will eventually delete your blog?
If so, why?
If not, why?

Normal services will resume shortly. I just have far to much time on my hands at work during my lunch hour


Pepper =0)

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  1. It seems odd to me also. It is as if someone has eased a part of their life.

    When I think about what my blog has given me I am surprised by others choices to dispose of them. I have made so many friends. People who live all over the world. There are too many I have never met but somehow that doesn't diminish the feelings I have about them. :-)

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    1. I can't help wonder if deleting a blog is more to do with detaching from something painful rather than just losing interest. Like you, I think of my blog as a huge chunk of me, my creativity and friendships. =0)

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  2. Hi Pepper!
    Yes, I have noticed the same you wrote about.
    First I noticed that the number of the followers in my blog is changing: have been loosing a few followers. First I wasn't worried, it just made me a little curious about how do people make that happen? Then after some time I lost another follower and I begun to think if people are turning their blogs down for some reason or another? I found this to be a very sad thing! I just thought, someone would love to visit their blogs, though there hasn't been any new postings lately. The skill of the person who had the blog would be there to be seen. to be reflected and to be learned about.
    I truly understand your regret!
    I have loved, and yes: still do love to go around the blogworld and see what wonderful is happening in my blogfriends blogs. And it still is so fun to be able to find some new and lovely blogs!
    I haven't had any ideas about deleting my blog(s). The visit in the blogland makes my day!
    Warm Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Hi Kikka, Thank you for your comment. I spend a lot of time looking at blogs too. Sometimes new blogs, quite often old posts that I have already seen. I can't say or understand why anyone would want to wipe out so much hard work =0(

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  3. I also find the loss of creative blogs disturbing. My blog reflects the creative part of my life (at least according to me). I grew up with an artist/art teacher mother, who believed in keeping every scrap of artwork my brothers and I created. I am glad she did because that artwork captured our life. This is why have I have a hard time understanding why creative bloggers shred their blogs.

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    1. Totally agree Neen. To me it's like writing a book and then burning it when you've finished =0/

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  5. It is baffling to me why people would delete their blogs, unless they were considering publishing the content? That would be the only reason i would ever consider removing posts....hrm.

    Does the waybackmachine have caches of their blogs? Yours is pretty much the only blog I read these days, please don't ever leave (your blog title alarmed me!!!) T.T

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    1. Hmmm, yeah I never thought of that. I've seen writers do that before when they've got a publishing deal. Oops sorry, I didn't think through my post title...doh!

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  6. Interesting subject, i don't think i'll ever delete my blog it was started at a point in my life when i had just discovered making miniatures and has followed both my ups and downs throughout, i still look back at certain posts as im sure a lot of us do and remember certain things when we made that post i guess in some ways it also acts as a type of journal or diary for myself personally but with the added bonus of making some great friends along the way, it is sad when people think there creativity is no longer worth sharing as it is a very important aspect of who we are.

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    1. Hi Tony. Totally agree and relate to what you're saying. Thank you =0)

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  7. This may sound strange coming from me since I am the one who started the fire. I am a very sentimental person. I value the people who follow me very much. Having said that, If I left the blogosphere I might delete my whole blog. Having it there would leave memories of a time sadly missed.

    When someone said some unkind things about me and caused my fellow bloggers to look at me differently, I almost shut down my blog. It hurt. It was not just my blog, but spread to Yahoo miniature groups. All because I asked why she stopped commenting on my blog. (We supposed to be friends offline as well)

    I started asking myself what is the use when several people stop coming to my blog and would not respond to me in the Yahoo groups . Then I remembered the wonderful faithful followers who didn't stop coming and I couldn't go. I am glad I stayed. I decided if I had only 2 followers then I would enjoy those two.

    I have seen some bloggers pass away. Others move to smaller homes and had to give their miniatures away. There are those whose R/L relationships were compromised because of their love of miniatures and time spent blogging about them. There are so many reasons people leave.

    I think removing the blog may just be a way to clean the slate and move forward.

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    1. Ha, yes this is all your fault ;0P
      Now I can understand where you are coming from. When a blogger is put through something as painful as you describe, detaching from those things by deleting the blog sounds like a natural reaction. Which leads me to wonder and worry that the bloggers I have followed that are now gone were suffering in silence. =0(( I'm glad you didn't leave us in the end X

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  8. Hi Pepper,

    You've noticed a good point. I really do not know whether close my blog or not in the future. Probably i keep to share my miniatures as possible as i can do.

    It could be related with the followers count or their comments. Because if you create something nice, you want to see the positive feedbacks and also encouraged commands.

    If you interest with something very rare, as like miniatures you lost the match from the start point unfortunately. We all miniaturists share this tragic end.

    Sometimes i see absurd shares gain a lot of +'s in Google plus.

    On the other hand you have to be patient for a desirable blog. In addition you should wait for a very long time to have many followers... I hope i was clear. Best regards...

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    1. Thank you Yunus, very clear =0) I guess what I am saying is I couldn't figure out what changes in someone's mind that they can say goodbye to all that hard work. I think creative blogs are different in that you are showing work that you have done and losing all evidence of it is like destroying every thing you have ever made =0/

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  9. The reasons why people do such things vary considerably. Some blogs are about specific projects that reach completion. When the goal is achieved the blog may or may not be left up. Its purpose was not only to share but also to help the person keep on track through encouragement from a support group.

    But blogs are also journals of a type and people might have made changes in their life and are no longer focused on the subject matter. Will it then stay up or be taken down? I can understand wanting to take it down as old blogs still find new viewers who want to engage in conversation and write about specific post or write asking "What has happened to your, are you OK? Why aren't you making miniatures anymore?, etc. The basic fact is why would someone want to have to explain our lifestyle transistions and choices to strangers over and over and over? You would not so it is simply easier to delete the blog. Or maybe they don't want to be led into temptation because for one reason or another they simply had to let go of doing something they loved. Or perhaps a person in their life is controlling and critical of what they were doing and/or jealous of the time and money they spent at it.

    Or response to it happening is varied. We feel sad as it is the loss of a friend. We feel sad to think they might be in some kind of bad situation that forced them into the decision.

    We notice that blog shutting down or slowing down is happening more often and wonder if it is a trend. The answer to that is yes but only in so much as we went through a time when people starting blogs followed a rapid upwards curve then tapered off and now have a natural downward curve. Yes there is a decline because other social media types are now more popular such as facebook, pinterest, instagram and others where fewer words are needed to go with photos but the support still happens. A blog takes more effort and time and not everyone is a writer at heart so it seem natural that there has been a transition to other types of media. We lost a lot of blog followers when Google took away their reader service. They still appear to be followers but unless they transitioned to another service they no longer see the blog. That was also a large part of the decline of the Google's blogspot blogs. Google wants people to move to using Google Plus instead and someday it is likely that all the blogspot blogs may vanish because of that.

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    1. I am not clear on what "reader service" Google took away. What was that?

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    2. Thank you karin, you pretty much expressed every thing possible that I imagined could be behind the reason and why I asked specifically if you would or wouldn't delete a blog. Don't you think creative blogs are different? Blogging about weight loss, for example, seems to fit in perfectly with your idea of posting about a transitional stage in you life and wanting support. However hobbies that involve creating in essence, small pieces of artwork seem to me a different kettle of fish. People deal with terrible personal loss and sickness, step away from their blogs for a long time but never delete them. I guess as you say, it is how that person views their blog and what it means to them. Thank you for your comment - thought provoking as always =0)

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  10. While I can't see myself deleting my blog if I move on in the future from blogging, I can't say I didn't seriously think about it at one time. I can relate to The Grandmommy response above, and I've realized how much we are of a little community here and like other online public profiles I think it is possible to let hurts, mistakes, and misunderstandings make us want to shut down and remove ourselves from the group. Much like shutting down a social media profile. Maybe entirely.
    It's a loss for everyone though, each blog brings a little something different and enhances the hobby. Even if it is no longer being updated. I still have a list of blogs I visit just to see their old content :)

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    1. And great title by the way Pepper ;P way to scare us all! haha

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    2. Hi Kristine, I totally get that. It is a natural reaction to a painful experience and a way to detach yourself from it. Like you say though, it is a loss for everyone and I'm really pleased you stuck around =0). I've also spent time reading a blog that is no longer being updated from the very first post to the last, just like books that I own. Hmm a lot to think about with everyone's comments. Oh and sorry about the post title. I thought it was apt for the post but didn't consider that it sounds like a farewell to everyone..soz x =0)

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  11. I have deleted my blog a few times, only to revive it again! Over the years I've had issues with my blog and technical ones. During these times I have deleted 100s of posts when I found I didn't have to, because I could have just suspended them to draft form till things sorted themselves out! As a result I have lost about 2 years worth of a diary and timeline of when I did things and how.

    I think we've all lost followers, the numbers go up and down and all for different reasons...I tend not to question why because the reasons are so varied I think. There are so many social forums now that people can pick and chose how they show their work or how they interact with each other. Facebook seems to be the social medium of choice for too many because it's so quick and all done in real time so to speak....people can interact with each other there and then whereas you can't with a blog.

    Michelle :o)

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    1. Hi Michelle. Ah yes, the technical sprites that like to mess around from time to time. I get the feeling sometimes people get so frustrated with their blogs they start again because they don't know what else to do. It must have been a pain to lose so much work. Funny that people see Facebook as instant and much quicker than blogger. I actually like the slow build up of the relationships on here. I see the interactions more personal even if I get a quick 'I like it' or smiley face. Thank you for your views on the subject =0)

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  12. Hi Pepper! I agree with a lot of what the Grandmommy has said. There is a therapeutic housecleaning when you off-load "old stuff" which enables one to get their life back to the basics. I have reached a stage in my Real Life where I have been giving the "ol' heave ho" to a lot of unnecessary baggage that I just don't want to be burdened with anymore.
    Not long ago, I chose to destroy all of my personal journals. I re-read them first and frankly I was ashamed of a lot of what I had written. So much of it was just complaining and discontent. I decided that they had served their purpose. And since I was no longer in that head space, they needed to be eliminated.
    No Regrets, no looking back.
    However, just this past week my very old "vintage" computer gave up and died, and I was in deep despair. The tech said that the only way to get my laptop operating, was to "Restore It" which boiled down to- CLEANING EVERYTHING OUT, to begin again. Not being very knowledgeable about computers, I panicked thinking that my blog would be eliminated! After talking it out with my daughter I found that my blog would still be there, but All of my saved photos would be gone. A sacrifice to be sure but to move forward, I had to let them go.:((
    But, AFTER it was repaired with a new system installed, I was only able to VIEW my blog, and for several days I couldn't respond, or get into it, or access my Reader's List or participate in Anything that had become part of my daily routine.
    Thankfully, my daughter came to my rescue and got me up and running, God bless her, but the feeling of being Excluded from all of what was going on around me was quite disturbing. It is one thing to voluntarily eliminate information, but another entirely when it is taken away from you!
    In conclusion,I don't believe that I would ever remove my blog lock, stock, and barrel. To me it like those drawings of "Kilroy was here" or the tags of the graffiti artists. I would like someone, somewhere, and at sometime in the future to know that I WAS here and when I was; this is what I had to offer.

    elizabeth

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    1. You know I never considered that sometimes it's connected to changing your whole life from one direction to another. I guess there are far more emotional ties to owning a blog than just writing tutorials and posting pictures. Probably naive of me to think that everyone is singing along without a care and their blogs are happy snippets from their lives. I too like the idea of making a mark, however small, saying Mitchy was here =0) Thank you for your views X

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  13. Hi Pepper! I do agree with many of the above comments and since my English is not well enough, I won't try to write a comment.....but I don't think I ever will shut down my blog.
    The bloggers in the miniature world are such kind people and I love to visit their blogs for leaving them a comment too. I'm always thankful for their comments, that they have taken the time to leave me a comment.
    I wish I could write better in the English language, just like now, when you ask my opinion about this issue.
    I also have lost followers, but I thought they were gone to FB and other social media.
    Have a nice week and know....................that I still will be here in the blog world ;O!
    Ilona

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    1. I am happy to read that you have no plans to delete you blog, what would we do without you? As for your (perfect) English. Please don't feel you need to translate anything for me. I would rather you spoke freely in your own language and I translated the text. I know a lovely Lady from Gelderland who would help me if I get stuck =0) It actually helps me learn a thing or two about other nationalities which can only be a good thing =0)x

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  14. Creo que en la vida a veces suceden cambios y hay personas que prefieren cerrar esas etapas por completo y comenzar de nuevo por otros lares.
    Otros simplemente pasan a otras redes sociales..otros por virus....seguro que hay muchas diferentes historias.
    Una vez cerrado hay tres meses para recuperarlo, y si no se hace desaparece para siempre.
    En mi blog han desaparecido seguidores y creo que en los de casi todos, se hecha en falta.... este contacto por la misma afición que nos une, da muchas alegrias, cunado veo alguien que se suma al blog, que pone comentarios, que sube a su blog, sus experiencia, sus minis, ferias y todas esas cosas que nos gusta compartir paso de visita y disfruto mucho.
    Gracias a todos los blogueros que siguen en activo.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Gracias Maite . Usted habla mucho sentido . Creo que algunos de los seguidores que dejan sólo han perdido el interés en la misma forma que los nuevos seguidores a encontrar el interés en la afición . Muchas cosas suceden en la vida y, a veces un nuevo comienzo es la única manera de avanzar . Muchas gracias por su comentario =0)

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  15. You've started a very interesting discussion... there were so many good points in the comments so far and now I know I'm not alone with my feeling blogland is going through some changes. I haven't noticed about blogs being deleted but noticed for sure the absence of many bloggers that have been very dear to me. I believe there are various reasons why people don't blog anymore... finished projects, troubles in RL and of course other social media that may appear more convenient. I guess many people just prefer clicking a "like it" button instead of taking the time to comment. Sad somehow - I've always thought a comment is some kind of a "Thank you" for a post bringing inspiration to me, teaching me something new, amazing me, giving me a good laugh... whatever. And in return I am thankful for everyone taking the time to comment my posts. I'm not on FB but I don't think a simple thumb up could do the same.

    For me my blog still is and always was a way to share the stuff I like to do with others because there are no miniaturists and bearmakers in my RL - but also to save some information for myself about the building process, some tiny details which become invisible in the finished scene... so how could I ever delete it. ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

    Hugs
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    1. Thank you Birgit, I don't know any miniaturists locally either and one of the reasons I turned to blogging. It is nice to be in a community with like-minded people. Who else will understand when you say you have been cooking mini heads in the oven? ;0P

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  16. I recently turned one of my blogs private. It was the blog about my family and of course I want to remember all the details of the kids growing and changing. I also do not want random creeps reliving all those moments years later. I had already lost one blog because of a platform change. I downloaded all the content at first, unsure if I wanted to delete the blog or not. I decided private was the way to go for now. My other two blogs (food and minis) will probably live on until Blogger fails.

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    1. Hm, yes that is a good point Jenny. I did notice a while back that a blog had become private and the content had been a mixture of family and miniatures. I can understand the blog being only available for view to people who had known the blogger personally. Thank you for you comment =0)

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  17. Hi Pepper, an interesting question you raise! I agree with much of what has been talked about by others, but didn't see this thought, so thought I would put it out there. I know I feel a lot of "performance" pressure with the blog I have started. I am getting better about it, realizing that I don't have to "be" anybody except me, but I do think that many folks do feel that sort of pressure and more than I do. I think then when things get tough in real life, sometimes those feelings can become just too much for folks to handle. I know I have been dealing with two ill adult children, a father who is ailing, and various pressures from other sources, including work, and there have been times when I've wondered why I started the darn thing. :0) Sometimes life can be a bit too much, and the external nature of a blog brings with it a bit of a responsibility that can be the last straw at times I think.

    I have a website that I have not done a lot on for some time, related to garden design. I found that I could not keep it up, in part because of my location in a town home with a very small garden. I have not deleted the website, but have left it untended for over a year now, and just knowing it is there "waiting" sometimes embarrasses me. So...all that to say, I think along with, or in combination with, some of the other ideas here, there can for some of us be a bit of a guilt thing going on, which finally leads to the decision to 'remove' the problem.

    Like others have stated I do think that it is a mistake in many cases to remove all traces, as there are seasons in life, and things change. I, like Elizabeth, used to journal a lot, and about 5 years ago dumped them all for very similar reasons to those stated by Elizabeth. I had "moved on" in life. But I know that the few letters and mementos I have left from those years are doubly precious to me now. And when there is the additional benefit to others, it does make me sad to see blogs disappear. I know that one blog I had just discovered disappeared not long ago, and I was disappointed, as I love to learn from others experiences. Those have so enriched my own experiences with miniatures.

    I don't imagine that I will delete the blog, at least for many, many years. Eventually, "green content" (i.e. blogs!) does become obsolete, at least somewhat, and that would motivate me to remove content if I felt that had happened.

    Interesting topic!

    Doug

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    1. Hi Doug, that is a very interesting point. In the past, when I first started blogging I felt pressure to post something, which was a ridiculous notion and one that I had imposed on myself. I completely agree that sometimes a combination of everything that happens forces people to make difficult decisions and sometimes the easiest thing to do is to step away from everything. You have a huge resposibility in real life with your children and Father and I hope the blogging and miniatures also act as a bit of escapism from the harsh realities you have to face. It's commendable that you keep it all together and I do hope you continue, no matter how far apart your posts are =0)x

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  18. Whew! I my heart dropped when I read the title of this Post, especially after having read The Grandmommy’s Post. My blog is still fairly new and I still enjoy blogging, so I don’t plan to delete it.

    I had a previous blog not related to Minis that I deleted for person reasons. When I bought my first dollhouse, I thought I will blog about the building process. After my initial Post I just stopped. Well almost a year later, I discovered that someone (a fellow mini blogger) left a message asking where I been and what’s happening with the dollhouse. I can’t tell you how excited I was to have someone interested in my work.

    We write these blogs to be seen, read, and shared…tutorials to teach others and inspire ideas. If not, then why go through the effort of making them available to the public. Once I started back blogging, I have to admit the support and welcoming into the Mini community was great. It’s important to reach out to other bloggers. Let them know you are reading and are interested in what they have to share. Sadly I too have noticed the slow down and shifting in blogging. And I agree with many of the previous comments on the reasons. We just have to continue to support and encourage each other. I am thankful for Mini blogs, I have learned (still learning) so much. ((Hugs))

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    1. Sorry, again =0/ I promise to give some thought to my next post title =0P
      You bring up another interesting point. Do some people close down their blogs because they feel no one is interested? Strangely, one of the blogs I followed that closed down only had a handful of followers even though the content was interesting. I wonder if he (the blogger) felt it was a waste of time and effort.
      I guess we all like comments and hope that what we write is interesting, but I know from experience that one post might get 100 views yet only three people feel compeled to write something. That should be okay, shouldn't it? Some people like a post, some don't, some write a comment but in the end, you just have to be content to display the things you've achieved and be proud of that alone. Thank you for your views, really interesting =0)X

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  19. Interesting comments and I can relate to many of them. Certainly I understand what Doug is saying above about performance pressure, especially when dealing with difficult personal issues. Because of financial difficulties I have recently had to sell some of my miniatures, especially some of the lovely vintage items I have collected over a number of years. I now find I don't spend as much time on a site I used to spend a lot of time on relating to vintage miniatures because I find it a bit upsetting. I have also put myself under a lot of pressure with trying to keep up with everything with the recent death of my mother who also loved miniatures and dealing with a father-in-law who has had a major stroke. My feelings about my blog have been all over the place. I've thought of chucking it in now and then but thankfully I am now feeling more positive about it and I really do love blogging and the friendship of fellow bloggers. However, knowing how real life emotions can affect things I could not say for sure that I will never delete my blog. I value my blog as a record of the miniatures I have made and collected but I have 'hidden' some old posts that I just don't relate to anymore. I really value my blog friends but the truth is often we don't know what is going on in their private lives and I think sometimes people just get to a place where they need to simplify their lives to move forward. We can only respect the decisions of those bloggers that do delete their blogs and hope they do not regret it at a later time.

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    1. Hi Sharee, I totally get where you are coming from. At times our blogs are a little peephole into our personal lives and I can understand why someone may want to remove a blog that shares very sentimental or difficult situations. I'm getting a far greater understanding of what motivates people to firstly, start a blog and then why they remove it. Thank you for sharing your experiences =0)

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  20. carol, some people are by nature collectors and persons who preserve things. others (like me) are happy to get rid of old love letters and stuff from days I cannot even remember :-)
    that is personal preference...

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    1. Hi Marion, I guess you are right. It takes me a while to throw away anything sentimental so I suppose I couldn't understand how someone could just cut ties with a blog they had put a lot of work into. But now I'm getting a clearer picture of what motivates people. Thank you for your comments =0)

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  21. I have a blog but have to resurrect it. I was doing great and slowly getting readers. Then I had a stroke. It has been extremely difficult for me to get back to it. My mind says to do it but when I get home from work, I am so tired, the thought of photos and writing are often too much. And, to add insult to injury, I have few residual problems from my stroke but now I have tenosynovitis, which means "tennis elbow of the thumb" in my right hand. Almost everything with minis has stopped. And I have 10 projects going. So I don't know if my blog will be up next year. I think I signed up to keep the name for another year but don't know what I'll do when it comes due again.

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    1. Oh wow, I bet the last thing on your mind was a blog when you had so many issues to deal with. I hope you are getting much better now. It sounds like you've had a long and painful journey =0( Thank you for your comment =0)

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  22. Bonjour Pepper,
    Je suis d’accord avec beaucoup de commentaires laissés sur ce sujet. La vie est faite d’une suite de choses que l’on s’efforce de faire avec le plus de satisfaction possible. Il est (pour moi) normal de se retourner sur ses actes de temps en temps et de se dire « si j’avais su…Je n’aurai pas fait cela ! » Je trouve légitime pour son bien être personnel, d’effacer ses erreurs, de faire table rase de choses qui risquent par leurs présences omniprésentes de perturber la suite de notre vie. Je jette et je brûle avec un grand plaisir tout ce qui m’a perturbé. Cela m’aide à avancer sans avoir à me retourner sur des choses qui sont une partie de mon passé et qui n’ont plus aucune valeur d’attachement. Depuis plus de quinze années que je pratique les sites, blogs et forums, je m’aperçois de l’individualisme et de la faculté du zapping croissant du public des réseaux sociaux. Plusieurs fois, j’ai été tentée de supprimer mon dernier blog devant le manque de commentaires(de réactions) et du fait de la non reconnaissance à ce que je peux apporter au petit monde de la miniature. Quand je vois (dans les statistiques) le thème de mes articles les plus visités, j’avoue que je suis dégoûtée mais, quelque part, cela ne fait que renforcer mon envie de sortir des sentiers battus et continuer. Ne serait ce que pour les rares personnes qui me disent aimer mon travail et bien sûr pour mon égo qui n’a pas envie de plier devant la morosité qui s’est installée maladivement sur les blogs. Je fermerai mon dernier blog certainement un jour de déprime en me disant que « j’ai passé de bons moments, mais ils sont derrière maintenant »
    Quoiqu’il en soit, je trouve les blogs de parfaits miroirs de la vie actuelle…Le partage, l’envie de communier dans un registre, le désir de progresser dans le bon sens, mais aussi, l’hypocrisie, la jalousie et la médisance. Que notre petit monde continue de vivre en nous faisant plaisir avant tout. La satisfaction de notre projet miniature quand il est abouti est la plus belle des récompenses….
    Il faut se sentir à l’aise et maître de ce que l’on entreprend….et le laisser quand il n'apporte plus aucune satisfaction....
    Amicalement, Dominique

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    1. Bonjour Diminique , je ai trouvé votre commentaire très honnêtement mis et sans doute vous avez plusieurs années d'expérience de tirer sur . Je ne sais pas comment je me sentirais si aucun du tout commenté ou se ils ont fait et ce était affreux . Je ai toujours cru que mes messages étaient une aide aux nouveaux miniaturistes mais je pense que mon point de vue peuvent changer au fil du temps . Je dois dire que je suis extrêmement heureux que vous ne donnez pas sur nous . Je ai souvent lu un blog depuis le début et je ai passé de nombreuses heures en regardant à travers la vôtre. Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire. Tout le monde a tant donné de la nourriture pour la pensée

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  23. Hey Pepper!

    No I will leave my blog online lone after i've stopped adding to it.

    When I first looked into miniatures I came across many blogs that had long since expired but I was and still am greatful to have had them around to learn from.

    Half the reason why I blog is to share what I learn and to keep the enthusiasum for our little hobby going for even the youngest minifanatic!

    **Minifanaticus** will be online for as long as they will have it, or at least ...untill... the great frog faced alien invason of 2099.. then I guess it will be filled with frog faced alien stuff...

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    1. Oh jane, you always make me laugh. I'm glad I won't be around to see it since I have a bit of a phobia about frogs *yeugth*
      I always thought that my reason to blog was the same as yours - keeping the interest going, sharing what I have learned. Everyone's comments have had me thinking though....Anyway, I still look at blogs that have not been updated in a while purely because they are so interesting and helpful. That is why I don't think I could delete it - well until the Overlords land =0D

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  24. no I will not delete my blogs if anyone could enjoy it while I am gone or too busy whatever then enjoy I amy want to look now and again myself!!! :)

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  25. Hi Pepper, I'm so glad you brought these issues up in a post. I've chatted with blog friends about how so many blogs are disappearing, about how followers come and go, and about how Facebook and other online sites are affecting blogging. It's fun to see all of the different comments here, though. No, I don't plan on removing my blog, ever. It's like a little mark I've made on the world, and I'd like to keep it out there, even if at some point I couldn't contribute to it anymore. Glad you're sticking around--I was worried when I saw your headline--whew! :-) xo Jennifer

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  26. Hi Pepper, I don't think I'll ever delete my blog. It will stay open even after I'm no longer here. I think my grandshildren will some day enjoy reading it. Visiting blogs and reading posts, leaving comments is a good pass time for me. I only regret it that my English is not as fluent as I wish it was and I have to keep searching for the right words and take care that I don't offence someone without intention by using a wrong one.
    But I understand people who stop blogging when others in their close circles treat their hobby as something frivolous and childish. Bloggers need support from family and friends to be able to keep blogging.
    I'm very grateful for every comment in my posts but most of all I am grateful to my encouraging husband and
    daughters.
    Hugs, Drora

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  27. Here is also one who got quite wince from your headline ;)

    I don't have any intention to remove my blog - ever *grin* - Couldn't' even think about doing that...
    It's my "baby" - I know it's far from perfect (and that's not my intention anyway) - of course I wish I had better skills to make it more "prettier", but it's my own and like Jennifer said it's my little mark on the world.
    For me it proves that even I can actually make something with my hands..
    Through blogging I have found many blog whom I love and follow regularly, either to get new ideas or to try some of the fab tutorials that can be found in them, or simply just to admire the wonderful works in them - I am one of those who looks every new post in them, but I don't leave many comments - I don't have the "guts" to do it - although I love getting comments in my blog (who wouldn't)..
    I too have seen the number of my followers change - and seen some blogs disappear and became very sad about it - and wish that wouldn't happen, but that's life, one can't always get what one wants.

    Of course everyone has a right to do what ever they want with they blog - it's their blog, but I personally wish and hope that blogs would be "always" in the " Web space" just waiting people to bump in to them and find the treasures in them once again =0)

    I don't wanna judge anybody about their doings and decisions, but like I said - I wish and hope they wouldn't delete everything - that they would leave their blogs "to the future generations" (and us *grin*) to admire them as they are - one form of art.
    All as unique and beautiful in their own way - they are like true monuments of their makers talent - it would be bitty if it all would just disappear...

    Huh... I get so many thoughts in my head for this, that I don't know am I making any sense at all..
    But I guess I made my thoughts clear ;))
    Hugs, Irina

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  28. Hi Pepper Very interesting topic. I have read all the comments and it has given me a lot of thoughts. I also wondered why people would delete there blog but I guess there can be lots of reasons that people do. I don't think that I ever could delete mine it has become very important to me. I have "met so many wonderful people through blogging. I love reading peoples blogs and have learned so much from them and not just about miniatures but about other traditions.
    I do miss people when they stop blogging and worry about them and feel sad that they have left. I know of a few people that has died but their blogs are still there and I still love to visit them and see their beautiful work.
    Just another thought I followed a blog I cant remember the name now but one day their ! post came up and it was a porn sight lol My son told me that people can buy someone's blog ????
    I hope not too many people delete as the world will be so much poorer without all your wonderful creations to look at and all the wonderful posts to read and learn from. Phew I have rambled a lot :DD
    Hugs Maria

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  29. Hi Pepper! I am late to the Party... as usual! I feel that way in the Blogland Party too... and have noticed so many of my friends and fellow bloggers have disappeared off the face of Blogland! I have consoled myself with reminding myself that initially I blog to record my learning and projects. I spent thirty years Not building my minis while in college and raising children... now that I am back in miniature-land.... I am never leaving! And I Hope my blog will always be there... it has become a piece of my Life that is larger than just me because of all the sharing that happens with other bloggers. I cannot imagine ever wanting to stop... and have sworn that I will still be blogging even if there are no other bloggers out there! Besides, I love History and archives and believe there is a wonderful "snapshot in Time" that happens when you record your immediate life on a regular basis. I only hope that my projects can be as inspiring and informative to others as many of theirs have been to me. I know I would not have accomplished half of what I have if it were not for all the generous bloggers who show their methods and sources and give tutorials. I am always thinking... "I need to learn how to do that too!" when I have seen someone's magnificent work. My life has been enormously enriched by the whole Blogland experience and I hope it will continue that way for a long time to come! That said, I understand how "Real Life" can make it too difficult to continue with a hobby. And I can also sense that some would feel that their blog was too personal a part of themselves to leave it to the mercies of the wider world, if they could not keep going with it. This is obviously a topic that hits many of us who are still blogging!

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  30. Well I throw away nothing! And that will probably go for the internet too. My blog will remain as long as there is a host. And my websites etc... I delete digests from groups I'm not interested in reading every day, but I never unsubscribe :) Suppose I should leave a few but that would be like throwing them out -GASP!

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  31. Even when people hijack my photos and I feel spent having to chase them all down with copyright claims, I still don't feel like deleting all my work. What a way to let the bad apples win. But, I do understand that maybe some have bad feelings mixed in and wish to walk away from it all. It's a shame to throw away all the effort and shared experiences, though. I renew my website a few years at a time...maybe I should put something in my will about that so it will keep on going. :D

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  32. First, your title scared me a little! When I first thought about whether or not I would delete my blog, the answer was yes. I'm the type of person who gets rid of things I don't need (well most of the time). Then I started thinking about all of the blogs I still refer to that are no longer active, but still there. So my answer is no, I would not delete my blog. Some people just are not attached to things and can let them go.

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  33. I am also glad to find that the title of this post does not mean what it sounded like! I have certainly posted less on my blog over the last four years than I did in the first two, and that was a combination of things - my mother dying, taking on first editing the quarterly DHP&P online magazine, and then also managing the website, which leaves little time for blogging - and I'm aware of other bloggers who have stopped blogging for various reasons. I certainly revisit some of those that are still online - and miss some that aren't - but one thing I have noticed over the years is that blogs which have not been updated for some time appear to get hijacked. This has happened to a few blogs I used to follow - suddenly my reading list was full of sun glasses, or shoes, or whatever, often in an entirely different language. And not only were a whole lot of new posts added, but the original blogger's posts had gone :-( So I sadly deleted the blog from my list. I don't know how it is that some blogs remain intact, and others get spammed - I don't actually remember having to renew my blog (maybe I should check that!), though I certainly have to renew the DHP&P website.
    As for my blog - no, I can't see deleting it. As well as being a collector, I tend towards hoarding in my professional life as well as in some aspects of my personal life - hobbies, books, etc ... Would I one day revise some posts, as diepuppenstubensammlerin is doing, so that collectors who go to her blog for information and reference material about certain makers can find up to date and coherent posts, rather than her discoveries over time? I don't think so - I can certainly see the point of that, but I like having my blog friends' enjoyment and encouragement of the early discoveries and acquisitions ... I do worry a bit about the platforms (for my blog and especially for the DHP&P website) becoming obsolete or disappearing. I think I should put in some time to work out how to save them offline, or even in hard copy, so that they could survive off the interwebz ... so many things to consider!

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  34. Oh no, I would never delete my blog, I'm a bit of an archivist so it would go against my morals, I'm actually now wondering should I make a backup... :D I would say craft blogs are the most time consuming blogs out there, so if one was to lose all of that work it would be devastating. I can't help but think that in most cases blog deletion has a bit of "cutting your nose off despite your face", I just think for all the work that goes into it, it seems a drastic thing to do. Plenty of people leave their blogs dormant, and it's free to do so in most cases, so I assume the worst if someone decides to eradicate one. Of course it's up to the individual how their blog is run, but I do wonder what their motivations for blogging were in the first place, you wouldn't just be deleting your own work but other peoples time and support, ie. the comments :D

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    1. "to spite" that should say, do you know I was sitting out in the garden and suddenly realised that...brain lags sometimes :D Ah the weather is lovely right now...should really be working on my next post.... :D

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  35. Привет!
    Я немного опоздала! Извините....
    Моему блогу три года. Блог стал частью моей жизни. Он стал счастливой частью моей жизни. Я учусь и расту вместе с моим блогом. Нет. Я не смогу удалить свой блог. В моем блоге тысячи прекрасных комментариев. Каждый комментарий, это сильная моралья поддержка, это дружеские теплые слова. Я очень сожалею, что закрываются блоги. Это очень печально. Я думаю о причинах, которые могли бы заставить закрыть блог. Мое сердце сжимается от боли. Я очень надеюсь, что все будет хорошо.
    Обнимаю
    Татьяна

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  36. Hi Pepper, I have had health troubles and misfortune. That's why my blog has not been updated for a long time and I was not able to follow blogs from others. I also removed some pages (the ones without tutorials, for perhaps my tutorials can still be of use to people out there....) I also hid all comments I once received for they felt so intimate to me. I shut down the possibilty to leave a comment on my blog. I just wanted to hide and become invisible. I'm sorry for that. Lately I started looking at some blogs again; yours always was one of my favorites. I am happy your blog is still there.

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  37. I just had a horrendous thought ( as you can see this is still on my mind :D ), and googled my thought. Occasionally blogs get deleted by the host for a number of reasons. Definitely think we should all make backups regularly!! :/

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    1. Hi Sarah, this has really freaked me out. Backing up immediately =0/

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  38. After reading everyones comments I wanted to say - to those who are no longer updating their blogs but have left them for others to read, Thank you. You are a wonderful source of inspiration and I'm glad that you decided to keep them. To those who have deleted or closed their blogs, it makes me sad but I can now say I have a greater understanding of why you may have stepped away from your blog altogether. I can only wish you a happy and healthy life and thank you for being part of the community for as long as you did =0)

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  39. What a great post and comments. You've made me think. I haven't updated my wee blog for ages because of real life matters ie work, family, not being too well, working on our little on-line business but I think if I were ever to stop blogging it would be left open. I still look at some blogs that haven't been updated for a couple of years! I do feel that Facebook seems to have overtaken blogging and it's easily accessible. I am still toying with the idea of moving to Wordpress (which I use for our business blog) as it's so much easier to use and I don't encounter all the niggly little issues I keep getting with Blogger. But you've certainly made me think so I am going to update my blog this afternoon :)

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  40. Interesting topic Pepper. There are a few blogs I remember from when blogging was fairly new but have since been deleted. It's a shame all the information (and lovely photos) are gone for us.
    My blog is the third blog on miniatures since I started building my dolls house. The first one was only in Dutch, the second one was part of my website but didn't have many features, so then came blogger. My old blogs are still online. I like it as it perfectly documents my foray into miniatures and the building progress of my dolls house. I cannot imagine deleting them unless Google makes it impossible to have any sort of privacy.

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  41. I don't think I'd ever want to delete my blog - the only reason I would ever do so is if I'd moved to a new platform and even then I'd try to archive all my old posts for posterity!

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  42. Eu admito que não tenho visitado e comentado as postagens dos blogs dos meus amigos como fiz durante os meus primeiros anos nesse universo de miniaturistas. Não tenho mais tempo para dedicar às miniaturas e à leitura dos blogs e sinto muito por isso. Mas não pretendo e nunca pretendi eliminar meu blog. Eu sinto saudade de não fazer a leitura das postagens como eu fazia antigamente e sinto falta dos meus amigos 'blogueiros'. Eu prefiro acreditar que não é de propósito a eliminação dos blogs. Eu prefiro acreditar que os blogs apenas estão sendo esquecidos como um brinquedo velho no fundo do baú.

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  43. Hello Ms. Pepper! I must admit the title of this blog threw me for a loop also! I was following a blog by a lady named April. She won a contest for making a Japanese Tea House. I thought she was sooo talented and liked looking at her postings. Then one day I clicked on my bookmark for her and it said her blog was no longer being published! I was really sad about that. I love your site and hope you stick around forever. One of the things I absolutely love about you is how you take the time to answer everyone's comments individually. That really makes it your site EXtra SPecial!!! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Linda. I've had the same thing - clicking on a blog only to find it closed down. Very sad.

      I always try to comment back because to me, it's like having a conversation with someone face to face. I appreciate the time everyone takes to comment and I think they deserve an acknowledgement. Thank you for commenting =0)

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  44. I can understand your sadness well, finding blogs gone... I will also keep my blog online after I'm no longer contributing to it and hopefully it won't be taken down without me knowing it. It will always be valuable to someone, as others have been valuable to me, even if the blogs were inactive. Good subject to bring up.

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