"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him"
VOX is done, over, finito, joined the choir invisible. starting to stink a little, to be frank.
why this place mattered is that in a virtual world where about 95% of blogs that are started are abandoned, we (we know who we are), beat those odds. we lasted, we endured; sure we took blogging breaks, went through manic posting periods, times when we struggled to find anything to say, but came back to this, dare I say, community.
the reason we beat the dismal odds is because of what I've come to believe is the lifeblood of blogging - comments. as hokey as it seemed, the [this is good] in its 8-9 language variations, gave us a jumping place from where we could let folks we heard/like what they wrote about. [tig] took the worry away from "I don't know what to write in a comment, I just liked it/made me laugh/made me think". and after [tig] came short comments, and replies, and replies to replies, and non-sequiturs, and some of these threads became things of legend.
I know we are all trying to keep in touch in the varied blogging platforms we are heading to - and that is good. but as far and wide as we take our blogs, remember the thrill of getting your first notifications that someone had left a comment in your post: wherever your blog lands, look for new folks writing interesting things and let them know you think [tig]