Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Some farewells

Last year, it seemed there was an extraordinary number of endings in the blogosphere and podosphere. Many of my favourite podcasts ended, or cut back dramatically, over the past year and many bloggers did the same.

On December 31, another blog ended as fellow American expat in Auckland, Nik Dirga, announced the end to his Spatula Forum blog. Nik’s was a generalist blog, far more so than my own, exploring a large variety of subjects, and always with a far less, um, rant-y tone than mine. I found many great posts and links on his blog.

In his final post, Nik wrote, “many of these folks I've met thanks to this blog are great and not at all creepy”. Naturally, I like to place myself in the “not at all creepy” category, since Nik and I met in real life when he was a guest on my podcast (Episode 71). Because of that, I can attest that Nik is not at all creepy. Another person I’d add to this grouping is Roger Green, a frequent commentor here and a great blogger himself, who I probably never would’ve “met” if it hadn’t been for Nik’s blog.

So these things we create—blogs, podcasts, even Flicr accounts—can affect people far beyond what we can know or imagine. I find that kind of reassuring.

Thanks, Nik, for your blog, great interactions and the introductions.

And finally on the subject of blogs and endings, Joe.My.God noted the unexpected passing at age 41 of Brad Graham, the gay blogging pioneer who coined the term "blogosphere" in 1999.


Roger Owen Green said...

I'm only creepy when the blue moon falls on New Years Eve in the Northern Hemisphere AND on New Years Day in the Southern Hemisphere. That could never happen, so I'm safe.

WV: under - New Zealand and that land mass to the northwest.

Arthur Schenck said...

I completely disagree with you (for a change): You're not creepy at all.

Nik said...

Aw, I'm blushing over here! Thanks for the kind comments mate, rest assured I'll keep popping in now and again to check out your own words of course!

Arthur Schenck said...

Glad to hear it, Nik!