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When you don't get to say goodbye in the blogging world. #blogging

I was going about my business, looking through my Bloglovin’ feed, when I saw the title of a dear blogging friends’ post:

“Goodbye Bloggyland, Sorry For All The Broken Links.” 

My throat went to my stomach and back again. 

I clicked on the post only to discover that her blog was already gone. Just like that. Everything that I have read, everything that she has written, is gone. 

I immediately went to her Facebook page only to discover that it was gone as well.

Sadness overwhelmed me. 

I have been following this blogging friend for almost 1 1/2 years. Her writing ranged from humorous, to outright tears-in-my-eyes-emotional. We visited each other regularly and I enjoyed getting to know her.

I found myself grieved as I stalked every social media site trying to find her, just so I could say goodbye.  Alas, I had no luck. It was then that I began to cry.

Yes, dear friends, I began to cry. 

This is when it really occurred to me… blogging isn’t just a hobby. It’s an emotional, heart-wrenching, soul-expanding, love-outpouring, relationship-building journey.

My dear friends, when I visit you, I am there in your home:

  • I’m listening to you tell me about your day.
  • I’m watching as you prepare a recipe for me.
  • I laugh at the humorous experiences you share with me.
  • I cry as I read about your pains.
  • I marvel at your wisdom as you minister to me.

This blogging journey isn’t just a hobby, it’s a life changing journey. It’s an adventure in which I get to travel the world, meet many people, and learn extraordinary things. 

I cherish our time together… whether it’s here or in your corner of the internet. I delight in our friendship. Yes, I will boldly call it friendship because even if you don’t feel the same way, I care about every single one of you.

In some way, whether big or small, you’ve impacted my life:

  • Perhaps when you told me about your day, it helped me to approach my day with grace and thankfulness.
  • Maybe the recipe you shared has now become a family favourite.
  • Perhaps the laughter that I experienced while visiting your blog brightened my day, which in turn brightened someone else’s day.
  • Perhaps the pains that you shared helped me get through challenging times of my own.
  • Maybe your ministry encouraged me to reach out to someone else.

I guess what I’m saying here is… we all have an impact. Even if you’re reading this and you’re not a blogger, every single thing you say and do has an impact on somebody.

So before you close your laptop or scroll to the next post on your phone, take a minute to think about the impact you have… and allow the enormity of that thought sink in for a moment.

With blessings and love… 

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PS – Jean if you’re reading this, I love you my friend. You are hilarious, beautiful, wise, and apparently also a ninja?! You had a tremendous impact on me and I will cherish all your words and the stories you shared. I want say goodbye. I wish you all the best… and please if you can, stop in, say hi, and let me know how you’re doing. 

xoxo 

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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