Thursday, 22 September 2016

Blogs That Just Stop

On Monday's post, I found a short comment from " David"
It was as chilling as it was succinct .

Jacqueline (aka cranky) suffered a severe stroke last week. Unconscious since then.
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I called into Jacqueline's blog but allI could see is a post from last week. A typical blogger's post. Chatty, frothy, friendly.......then.....nothing.
I like many of us here, I send Jacqueline, her family ( ? david) and friends my best wishes but if that brief message is true, things do seem rather bleak.........a banal blog entry sitting on the internet like an unfinished chapter of a book.

It's a reminder to us all that life isn't a Hollywood movie.
The narrative is never linear.
A begining, a middle and an end....then.....fade to black.
It's not always the case.




57 comments:

  1. That is terrible news. Cranky - Jacqueline - seemed to be struggling to get her life sorted, now this. I hope she makes a full recovery.

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    1. She seemed to be getting it back on track too. Very sad news.

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  2. A reminder that Bloggers should always show someone in their household how everything works. It is very frustrating being left in the lurch. I remember when JohnD suddenly left us, he'd mentioned in his final post that he'd asked his daughter to inform the world about him; but nothing.

    I hope she pulls through OK; we need her.

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  3. So sad to find out someone suffers, who we feel connected to. Hope she recovers quickly! It reminds us to enjoy every single day as much as we can. Currently my theme.

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  4. Oh no. I am so very sorry to hear this. She has become a very good friend, and life has been tough for her.

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  5. Monsieur Cro is right. It would be wise to ask a loved one or friend how to access one's blog in order to leave an explanation when we go "off the radar". In fact we could prepare our own obituaries ready for the final click...
    "Magnanimous and ever cheerful, he cared for injured small animals... etcetera"

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  6. Very sad, poor Jacqueline.

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  7. I have sent an email to Jacqueline. If she (or her family) respond I will let the blogosphere know.

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  8. Much sadness about the lovely Jac. We can only hope she fully recovers. That sounds impersonal. Jac is just lovely, a survivor and a mate.

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  9. This reminds me of a very popular blogger a few years ago named 'Moanie'. She was a fabulous character and great writer. Sadly she had terminal cancer, which she wrote about at some length. When she could no longer write, her daughter took over the blog for her right up until she died and then posted an epilogue. I do hope for the very best for Jacqueline and thank her son for letting you know, John. Now, I need to organize things for myself...

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  10. Some day our pens will run dry

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    1. Travel, have more than several "likes" and "up votes" for a splendid observation, without running the mill of "how sad".

      And, as "sad", nay regrettable, as it is, one day I too will misplace my pencil sharpener. John will say "Sorely missed? My arse".

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    2. Me me me !
      I do enjoy most of your posts ursula but you do have a talent for sounding critical of almost everything and everyone you read about.
      Sadly sad is......well........sad.

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    3. My kids have already discussed this with me. A modern-day death problem, eh?
      When my friend Kathleen died, I wrote about it for her on her blog. She'd asked me to.
      I did. It was hard.

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    4. "Me, me, me" - yes, to some extent, John. Thought the same as I pressed "publish". On the other hand virtually everything is about us, our selves, our perspectives. It'd be disingenuous of any of us to pretend otherwise. That doesn't mean we/I don't care. Not to put too fine a point on it, and please forgive me for being cheap, we are all in it together. In other words "the human condition". Neither do forget that you (and Tom) tend to play the "humour" card when the going gets tough.

      I rarely justify myself - Travel's comment was clever and too poignant for me to resist my own take. One day, when my pencil does go blunt, you'll miss me, John. See, there we go again, me, me, me. Just as you, you, you, John. And that's how it should be - and why we visit each others' blogs. To learn more about the other - not exactly to become as one, that'd be stretching it even my optimistic disposition. Just to connect. And, one day, MISS EACH OTHER.

      As to Jacqueline. I don't "know" her other than via the comments she leaves you; on a human level - as you said, her current state as sad as it'll be for all of us, one day.

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    5. When the going gets tough
      The tough get going

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    6. or they just go, more like, forever (being realistic rather than motivational)

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  11. I'm sorry that I cannot post more frequent updates for you but I shall let you know what I can when I can. Jacqueline is responding to commands, still unconscious, her eyes opened yesterday. She is moving around a little, but her right arm is not moving. She is on a ventilator. Today marks one week.

    Jacqueline, as you all know, loves to blog and it thrills her to have so many friends through this medium so I felt it was proper that I let you know what is going on. If anyone feels inclined to send her a card she is at Bayfront Hospital, St Petersburg, Florida.

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    1. Thank you david for that....sending our collective best wishesx

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  12. All toes and fingers crossed for Jacqueline. It reminds us that we're all just passing thru. Heartfelt prayers and blessings to her family...

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  13. truly . . . life isn't like a hollywood movie . . .
    does leave one in wonder . . .
    thinking of you david . . . and jacqueline. . . .

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  14. could you post the title of Jacqueline's blog . . .
    thank you

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  15. http://crankybar.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I wish her a full recovery ... and a speedy one too !
    This is something I guess we should all consider, do we want to let people/blogland know when we are unable to post due to health or something serious ? I for one, prefer to let people know because I am aware of the worry and emails full of questions..
    She can always save these get well wishes and read them while she is recovering at home, or one the beach :)

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  17. My warmest best wishes to Jacqualine to recover fully. A thought to David and family.
    Greetings Maria x

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  18. Thinking of Jacqueline, her friend's and her family and wishing her a full and speedy recovery. XXXX

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  19. No, we never know what tomorrow will bring. I had this reminder myself last week when a neighbor, who I had just chatted with a few days previous, was killed on his way to the next town over when an 18-wheeler hit him.

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  20. It's sad when bloggers suddenly stop posting and you don't know if they're ok, have no internet or simply lost interest. I was wondering this very thing today when I discovered several of my favourite blogs had stopped and I didn't notice until now!
    I hope your friend recovers soon.x

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    1. I remember very well when our friend John D from australia stopped blogging.....he hinted he was ill, then told us then said that his daughter would write a few words when he was incapacitated ....she didn't

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    2. Sorry cro,..ive paraphrased you

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    3. It still worries me to this day!

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  21. Yikes. I don't know Jacqueline but here's hoping she gets better. I always imagine being able to "wrap things up" -- but you're right, life doesn't always work that way.

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    1. No... Think i shall write my passwords on a piece of paper for the prof...if/when I go...i will ask him to write something pithy

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    2. But you probably won't... (do that). You will think you will do it nearer "the time", then "the time" may come come by surprise, as it often does. Do it now if you want it done, I suggest.

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  22. Thinking of Jacqueline and others who were regular bloggers and floated away. Bless them all.

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  23. Very sorry to hear this. I discovered her blog through comments she left right here at Going Gently, and became a follower about a month and a half ago.

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    1. You need to blog more kirk! Some movie reviews?

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    2. I've got two movie reviews coming up in a single post. Hopefully soon, but I've been saying that for a while now. Thanks for asking. If anything, that will spur me on.

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  24. Thanks to David for the update. I have asked that someone will post on my blog, but they may not. Consider if I don't blog for a month that my computer died or I did - would be the same thing.

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  25. Sending my best wishes to Jacqueline and her family.

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  26. Our blogs are like knitting, a stitch gets dropped and it leaves a hole.

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  27. Fade to black. I am sad when a blog ends with no explanation, or in this case, a note about a sudden stroke. Best wishes for a full recovery to Jacqueline.

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    1. Sometimes as in Hippo Tom....they just stop writing.. No other drama than that

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  28. My stepbrother went out early one morning to do a recce for a new filming project he was involved in, wrote about it on his blog, went to work and died of a sudden heart attack in his lunch hour, aged 35. That last excited post stayed up for ages as a poignant reminder because we couldn't get his site closed down.

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    1. I think places like facebook now have a protocol to follow when facebookers die, to allow access to the personal walls etc

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    2. 35, no age at all. It must have been comforting and awful at the same time to read his last post. X

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  29. I think it is a problem we all face if we are bloggers John. People we blog with regularly become friends and - like all our friends - some will eventually either become too ill to blog any more, or will die. And we are left with a feeling of unfinished business.

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  30. I'm very distressed to hear this bad news (I'm another one of her blog followers). May she have a good recovery, if possible, from this terrible development. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. I hope David will leave updates from time to time on your blog to keep us informed.

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  31. This breaks my heart a little bit. This reminder of life, happening in its non linear way. I send my best to Jacqueline.

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  32. My prayers are with Jacqueline and her family. May God surround her and her family with love and compassion.

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  33. It is what people do ("just stop"), like dear "Jam's O'Donnell and his poignant last photo post from a wedding just a day or so before his sudden death: http://thepoormouth.blogspot.co.uk/ And read the comments, a few of us chatting as normal, and then the news spread. We come and we go. Hey ho. "...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

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  34. I used to read a lovely blog by a lady called Elspeth ... and then one day her husband posted on it to let us know she had committed suicide. Such a shock!

    There have been others that have passed with a short message from loved ones to let us know .... and then there are those that just vanish and we just don't know why :-(

    I'll make sure LH comes on to let you know if anything happens to me, well he hijacked the blog once before so he should be able to do it again!!

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