During those early years, there were blog parties that introduced me to so many creative dreamers. Each one took me to a little corner of the world, usually faraway states and countries. I remember participating in the blog party of all blog parties hosted by Ocean Dreamer for many years. Hundreds of bloggers, including me, looked forward to meeting, greeting, and visiting each other. Great friendships, some of which have transcended time and many miles, were born during those years.
Then, a few years ago, the blogging world changed. New technology that was supposed to enhance our blogs, etc. changed the simplicity of visiting friends. Ads arrived. It became complicated. One of the great things about earlier blogging was that it was similar to sharing a cup of coffee or a glass of tea/soda with a neighbor on the back porch. Not liking change a lot, I drifted away from frequent posting every week. Blog parties became harder to find. I visited fewer and fewer blogs because there were now "feeds" to subscribe to and other such things. No more just "Following." A favorite blog was like a dear friend that had moved away to another state. It had found other things to do that made it just too busy to keep in touch like the early days.
For those who have followed since my first post and weathered the drought of no posting, thank you for still being here to read this one. As long as Blogger still exists and I can figure out how to post with all of the new screens, Unshelved Words will be sharing a pic, a thought, a quote from time to time.
Now, I think that I will hop over and check out some blogs that I have followed for years. Sadly, the last time I ventured out in blog land to visit, some of my favorites' last post was 1, 2, or 3 years ago. Hope those blogging friends are doing well. Life does not stand still. It does move on. Maybe, just maybe, like me they will return one day to say hello.
Be well! Until next time, Happy Spring!