** WARNING **
Many sentimental blue words to follow
Fall of 2007.
In three years, my husband and I had said goodbye to three doggies, Pi, Angus, and Raja, leaving only the teenaged Mango to keep us company.
While I felt the loss of all of them, the sting of losing Angus, our first dog as a couple, was still keen, even after two years. Subsequently, during my "internet breaks" at work, I often found myself doing searches on the word "Airedale."
Then, magic. I discovered Bogart, Handsome Devil.
Back then, there weren't tools to get automatic updates and every day I would check for new posts. He even had super action movies! I loved this one as Mango always had trouble with stairs.
Soon I discovered other Airedales with blogs and a whole world of doggie blogging and in January of 2008, Mango made his blogging debut.
So here we are in 2013. A lot of changes in blogland, but the most significant is FaceBook.
What fun to see photos and snippets about our pals without the bother of reading and commenting and over the past year I've become less and less inclined to post, to read, to comment.
But I still do and I want to do more. Why? For me. Because at the end of the day, my FaceBook posts come and go, but my blog posts remain forever. A virtual scrapbook full of stories, pictures, movies, and memories.
I've been running a "Black Dog" series on my FaceBook page. Just one photo of Dexter with a caption. It's fun and near instant gratification as I watch the "likes" and comments accumulate. But it is fleeting.
So why blog? Blog for yourself. Blog to have memories of your doggies and kittehs and whatevers. Blog to remember the good times and bad. Read other blogs when you can, comment when you are moved to do so, but don't fret if you can't "keep up" and certainly don't keep score.
|Black dog ponders wave-particle duality|
If you feel like commenting, I would love to learn who your "gateway" doggie or kitteh was into the world of blogging.
P.S. Things are returning to normal on the home front. Thanks for all your good thoughts.