Dear Blog…

Dear Blog,

I last wrote to you around a year ago. At the time you and I were as close as Torvill and Dean. We’d perhaps not reached the pinnacle of our relationship, our Bolero phase, but we were certainly enjoying our equivalent of their Barnum routine.

Torvill and Dean (Barnum)

We spent so much time together back then. I shared my innermost thoughts and feelings. You introduced me to weird and wonderful new ways of communicating. Without you I’d never have met my new friends; ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ or ‘Backlink’. Granted I’d probably never have made the acquaintance of that scoundrel ‘Bounce Rate’ either, but it’s definitely been more good than bad.

Although the two of us were generally at our happiest during those hours before the ‘publish’ button was pressed, we didn’t mind when others joined us to see what we’d been up to.

People came from all over the world. Right from the earliest days of our relationship we were popular in the USA and here in the UK. Over the last year we’ve also built large numbers of visitors from India, Australia, Canada and Russia.

I know you like the large numbers, as they’re good for your Google page ranking, but I retain a fondness for the single visitors we’ve had from countries such as; Uzbekistan, Madagascar, Greenland and Timor-Leste. I like to imagine who they are, what their lives are like and what led them to us dear Blog.

Do you remember how embarrassed we were when we realised our most popular post was an amateurish attempt at erotic fiction? All that time writing about serious issues, only to see the reader statistics those posts generated blasted out of the water by a clumsy tale of two strangers who have sex after meeting on a train. Sex sells! Who knew…

So how did it come to this? All of a sudden we just stopped hanging out. There was no big argument. None of those ‘creative differences’ you hear about. It just felt like we’d reached the end of whatever road we’d been on.

Our recent issues have been much more about me than you. I’m the one that upped and left. At first I thought I wanted to see other Blogs, I even tried a few, but none compared with you.

I really am happy for you that you’ve gone from strength to strength since I left. You’ve had your most popular ever day, week and month since I last contributed anything. That’s great, it really is.

At the moment I liken myself to Robbie Williams in the immediate aftermath of his first departure from Take That. Not the global superstar he eventually became, but the alcoholic hanging out backstage at Oasis concerts in a desperate attempt to obtain the type of credibility he then thought he wanted.

Maybe I’ll find my own path without you but, at the moment, I’m doing my own version of trudging about in the mud at Glastonbury looking for something I might never find.

Anyway, I hope you’re not too upset with me for leaving you the way I did? I’d understand if you never wanted to see me again. I know I need you more than you need me. It’s become clear that I’m the UK to your European Union. Funny, I always thought that if we ever did split it would be the other way round. I guess we all make mistakes sometimes.

Love always.

Phill X

38 thoughts on “Dear Blog…

  1. This is really funny! Erotic fiction hey?! Trust that to out-popular everything else…link please…?

    Love the way you write.

  2. Hope you’re ok – I miss your posts – there are so many notifications via email about new posts from everyone that sometimes there’s just no time to read them all – but I always read yours – hope you can get through whatever it is you’re going through – best wishes x

    1. Hi, I’m ok. Thanks for asking and for reading. I’ll probably post something again but searching for my mojo at the moment x.

  3. Snerk.

    I can’t quit mine. Even though it is the archive of everything else, I still pile it on week after week.

    1. I just spent some time reading your Blog. It’s great, it’s real. Hopefully your mojo is not too far away as I want to read more.

  4. Haha! I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Funny and so original! And I giggled at erotic fiction being mega popular :p

  5. I really do hope you two get back together on a permanent basis. So much fun! Thank you. I’ll be watching this romance blossom. P.S. I wish I could make people laugh like you.

  6. Nice to see someone blogging about themselve who hasn’t sold out and resorted to reviewing other people’s products. You give me hope. 36000 hits really?

    1. Yes, I have periods where it’s a struggle to get anyone to read anything. Then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, I get loads in a short period.

      My kind of Blog never makes any money so I don’t even try.

      Thanks for reading.

  7. I’ve just reached my four year blog anniversary and during that time, I’ve had times where it’s been full on and other times quiet. The most important thing is to enjoy it and don’t force it. It will come back when the time is right.

  8. I love the way you write, it is so original! I just recently started blogging, but I can definitely see how you missed it. Good luck to you.

  9. Your relationship with blogging can certainly be relatable. I’m a newbie so I’m in the honeymoon phase of it all and I love this article and the love note style you used

  10. An ode to your blog. It’s crazy how much we can miss something especially a blog or journal that really keeps us in check and is overall, just something amazing to do!

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