When Bloggers Leave…


I was dismayed this week to discover that one of my favorite bloggers, HocusPocus13, a.k.a. “Jinx” has left the building.

Jinx was a voracious blogger and re-blogger. In addition to her own really cool and unique posts, she also scoured WordPress for the best of the best. Jinx often put up as many as 20-30 posts a day, all containing a bit of magic. Her motto was “path to a more productive life.” Her wise words were full of sound advice, scintillating spells, yummy recipes, beauty and creativity.

Over the past few days, I noticed there had been nothing posted by HocusPocus13 in my feed. This was unusual. Perhaps she was slowing down the pace? Maybe she was on vacation, or had taken a brief hiatus? (After all, blogging can be hard work!)

Upon further investigation, and much to my dismay, I found out that her site had been deleted. No warning, no reason, just disappeared like a result of the spell-work she so fondly purported.

Ah well.

This is cyberspace. Bloggers, Twitter posts, Instagram hits come and go, quickly as changing weather. Society in cyberspace is sporadic and erratic. We rely upon the fickle nature of satellites, nodes and WiFi crisscrossing to bring us together.

In reality,  what are we? A combination of electricity and Ram, motherboards and mother’s wombs, fragments of ethernet and memory.  Stardust.

And yet.

Just how ‘virtual’ is virtual reality? Some spiritualists and channelers now believe we are creating a new dimension within cyberspace, something between physical and non-physical, yet every bit as solid and real as what we have known before.  At any rate, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss when one of us leaves.

So Jinx, if by some chance you happen to read this, know you were appreciated, your blog was Important and you are greatly missed!

This goes for bloggers everywhere. Whatever message you are communicating into the great wide stratosphere, please know:  IT MATTERS.

Somewhere, someone is reading you. You are bringing a bit of insight, a bit of connection, a bit of horror or humor or courage or controversy into someone’s otherwise dreary day. Your unique perspective is contributing to our world.

Your thoughts matter. Your words matter. Your ideas and opinions matter.

WordPress Warriors, keep on bloggin’!  (And if you do decide to leave, for goodness sake, let someone know!)  🙂

“Words are, of course, the most powerful thing used by mankind.” — William Shakespeare





36 comments on “When Bloggers Leave…

  1. GrannyMoon says:

    Oh no! She was one of my favs! )0(

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  2. I noticed she hadn’t posted lately as well. I hope she is ok! I haven’t posted anything in quite a while either but I’m trying to keep up with reading (and not doing the best job of it!).

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  3. Tony Burgess says:

    I have written on bloggers who are or have quit all together and it is sad. They have so much to share. Let’s hope for their return.

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  4. Widdershins says:

    It is distressing when someone you’ve come to consider a friend just ups and disappears 😦 … maybe see if you can call up a cached copy of her blog and send an email to her. Or maybe if you’ve left a comment you can dig into your own archives, find the comment and go from there.

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  5. Great post! Sometimes, when I look at my email first thing in the morning and notice a wide variety of posts, I feel a bit overwhelmed. But when I start reading each one, I glide into so many different worlds and marvel at the heartfelt words and thoughts expressed by so many creative and lovely people. Long live the virtual world.

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  6. Brian in Chicago says:

    Hear hear.
    I blog/share because I know I’m creating a library of information out there for people to find. I don’t get Oprah-sized audiences, but for the few people a day who stumble across something I’ve posted, I’m sure someone has gotten something out if it.
    (Plus, it’s just fun to share.)

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  7. I agree, Christine. It’s hard when an online connection just stops. There are real friendships out here and I would love a chance to say goodbye, at least.

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  8. ror1774 says:

    I was surprised as well. I miss her comments on my blog as well.

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  9. Vicky V says:

    As an introverted Hermit, I feel as connected to my online friends as I do to my flesh and blood ones. I love starting my day catching up on what’s been happening with friends from around the world. I almost can’t remember a time before the virtual world 🙂

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  10. I’m sorry to hear this. 😦

    Hocuspocus13 has been reading my blog posts since 2013 when I first started blogging on here full time.

    I noticed she hasn’t been liking any of my blog posts for the past week or so.

    I thought maybe she was just on holidays.

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  12. I miss Hocuspocus as well. She often commented on my blog. I loved her posts as well. I really loved the mistique about her. I get responses (likes), but when I try going to her site, it’s suspended as you said. Miss her!

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  13. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Grandtrines and commented:
    I remember her. Always interesting.

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