Blogging is essentially transient, which is part of its charm. It's pleasant to look back at your achives, but the fun comes with what's happening NOW, the conversations and reflections and transactions and confusions that start bouncing around from your latest post.
The inevitable downside is that now becomes then, and bloggers give up the ghost. Maybe I'm getting maudlin, but it seems to have been happening more often recently. Sometimes people just stop (RealDoc, Pashmina), occasionally with a feeble excuse about 'real life', whatever that is, getting in the way. In other instances it's a policy decision, and they have time for a closing speech (LC); others prefer actions to words, and torch the blog as they go, like John Wayne in The Alamo (see Spinsterella). Some just piss off to MySpace, knowing that no person of decency and refinement will follow (I'm talking about you, Bob Swipe), a bit like Captain Oates taking a stroll in the snow. And that isn't even considering the ones who keep threatening to bring down the shutters, usually on the spurious basis that they've upset some inconsequential meatspacer (hello, Slaminsky), but then come back a few days later. Or indeed, the ones who actually die, which I suppose is the blogging equivalent of a note from your mum.
Well, I'm not thinking of closing things down just yet. Sorry if the above meanderings raised your hopes. But I am uncomfortably aware that my blogroll is peppered with links that have become a tad moribund of late. So, over to you. Please identify some new blogs, or indeed other manifestations of the interwebnetmationhighroad that can take the place of our fallen comrades.