Andrew Leon , Alex J. Cavanaugh and Matthew MacNish are again organizing the Oh, How I miss you Blogfest. Here's what they ask:
List one to three bloggers you really miss.
List one to three bloggers you would really miss if they stopped blogging.
And then go let them know!
I'll begin with the one blogger I really miss, my Sister in Spirit, Tina Downey.
This is what I wrote about her when she passed on to her field of sunflowers earlier this year:
Tina hasn't left us. She's somewhere around, watching, smiling, sending out snarky reminders, laughing and crying in the same sentence. And though each time I look at her emails or messages or read another of her blog posts, I feel the tears coming-- I see that Tina would have laughed at me, and said, I'm around, Damyanti, what are you crying about? Don't you see there's a lesson in this? Tina always found a lesson in everything, no matter how sad, or senseless it seemed. And the lesson always was a version of: Life is Good-- see it with the eyes of faith, acceptance, and gratefulness.
Time hasn't healed the wounds, I still miss her. And I still try to live her message each day. With some success these days, I'll give myself that much.
The bloggers I'll really miss (if they ever stopped blogging and I hope they don't):
1. Alex J Cavanaugh : I started working with Alex during the A to Z Challenge a few years ago, and he's been a fab blog buddy ever since. He's helpful, he's supportive, and you can count on him. If he ever stopped blogging, the internet would be that much emptier.
2. Michelle James : She's been a really regular commenter on this blog for a while. If I don't see a comment from her, I begin to worry. She tweets my posts and shares them, and has very perceptive comments. Besides, she's an awesome book reviewer and I've picked up some of the books she's recommended. Haven't regretted it.
3. Daniel Antion : He's been a huge supporter of my other blog, Daily (w)rite. I also love his blog voice, his straightforward, compassionate, follow-worthy posts. If he stopped blogging, I'd be pretty upset, that's for sure.
I've been running two blogs for six years, so I know exactly how tough it can get on some days.
To every person who takes the time to stop by and comment, I try and visit you back each time. I share in your stories, and on the days I'm rushing from pillar to post trying to get stuff done, I press Like or G+ or Facebook or Tweet on my phone-- in some small way to let you know I love your posts, that I read them, enjoy them, and would miss them if they ceased. I love you, each and every one of you- and I try to show it as much as I can in the limited online time I'm allowed.
So which blogger would you miss the most if they stopped blogging? Are you taking part in Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest?