I don’t know when the last time was I looked at my blogroll.
To be honest, I don’t know when the 1st time was that I did a cleanse, maybe today was the 1st time, whatever the case it was a little soul destroying.
My mother was 87 when she died. There were times when the subject of her friends would come up, often in relation to her moving somewhere more manageable, maybe closer to her friends.
It was times like these that her eyes would gloss over, the tears welling in her eyes.
Her friends of course were gone. The world moves on, time passes, lives end and of course, relative to this post, blogs stop.
Often they just stop.
One of the hard parts about cleansing the blogroll was checking each blog.
There were a couple of bloggers that appeared to have just stopped on their “best post”. They are posts I remember well, even years down the track, posts I a confident received links from WoWInsider, they were just that good.
But… that was it… stopped… gone… but yet, still on my blog roll.
Bring Out Your Dead.
I wouldn’t have looked at the blogroll for a while to come if it wasn’t for Daraiste asking me the other day.
What will happen when you stop blogging… will your posts still be there?
I wasn’t sure what she meant and when I pressed her she responded with...
I have been hunting through your blogroll, looking for good things & Priestly things to read… but many of the links are dead ends.
It turns out that WordPress looks after their dead well, well at least the WordPress hosted blogs.
I’m guessing that Google culls their inactive Blogger blogs occasionally.
Many self-hosted blogs either just cease to exist, or get taken over by completely WoW-non-related sites.. most of which look nefarious of purpose, some are in some Asian font, but I suspect are also not quite right.
For the record.. when I decide not to continue to pay for gnomeaggedon.net, gnomeaggedon.wordpress.com will remain.
A fitting end.
So, I needed to cleanse my blogroll, but I needed to do it in such a way as to respect those, so many of those, that blogged before me and along side of me.
Ironically, Daraiste is a funeral director in real life, so that kind of inspired me.
Rather than removing all trace of those blogs and bloggers, I created new categories in my blog roll.. a kind of blog cemetery with categories of Gone but not forgotten.
So the job is done, I have buried my friends but ensured the have headstones to be remembered by.
Lest We Forget.
Australia has a lot of bushfires, devastating bushfires.
When the ashes have cooled, there is no way to imagine that it will ever recover.
Some short time later though, new growth appears amongst the charred ruins of what was. What grows is similar, yet different to what was.
It is the same in the blogging world, there is new growth amongst the ruins of the old. Some old blogs remain, surrounded by smaller blogs reaching for the sky.
Each provides support for the other, the older blogs providing strong foundations and protection for the fledgling blogs, the newer blogs inspiring the older ones giving them the strength to remain strong and tall.
It appears I now have room on my blogroll for those of you not yet there. The ground is clearer, and visibility will be greater.
If you wish to have your WoW blog on my blogroll, then drop me a line and I will add it.
The other things I have done is update and modify my BattleGnome page. I had been haphazzardly throwing links to my Battleground & PvP oriented posts up there. I have now categorized them, so hopefully those of you considering entering the BGs find it easier to find my thoughts on my experiences.
I have also consolidated my mental health posts and included some others from the past week. Mental health is a topic very dear to my heart and mind, so it seems appropriate that people find these sorts of resources more easily on my new HealthyGnome page.
On that note, I think it’s time for me to go dig a few more graves… I think this time I will make them Horde graves and scatter them around the battlegrounds.
Gnomer and Out!
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