16 November, 2012

Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest + NaNoWriMo Update

First, The Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest!

This event is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Matthew MacNish, and Andrew Leon.

The general idea (from a host's blog):
The bloggers we really miss...
and the ones we would really miss!

Do you have a couple blogger buddies who aren't posting as often? Those who've pulled back and seem absent from the blogging world? Do you have blogger buddies you are grateful they are still around and would miss if they vanished? Now is your chance to show your appreciation and spotlight them! List one to three bloggers you really miss and one to three bloggers you would miss if they stopped blogging. Then go leave a comment on those blogs.

The bloggers I miss:

There are a lot of bloggers who have come and gone. Maybe it's the whole electronic format and people migrating from blogs to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites--in addition to living their lives outside the internet, of course--but a lot of the people who I originally met in the blogosphere have since stopped posting.

This blogfest stirred me to look at my sidebar's blogroll, and I found many people who haven't posted in ages . . . it's been so long for some that the domain names have expired, Blogger's removed their sites, and so forth. Sadness. These are just a few of the people I miss:

Josh Hoyt from The Blog That Helps You Diagnose Your Characters.
Elena Solodow from You're Write. Except when you're Rong.
Sarah Pearson from Empty White Pages.

(There are so many other cool bloggers I want to mention, too.)

The bloggers I would miss:

This is a bit more cheerful, as these bloggers are still around! I want to just give you my main Google Reader folder or something, but as I cannot, here are three bloggers I'd really miss if they disappeared (all have been long-time followers of The Eagle's Aerial Perspective, sticking around for at least a year):

Old Kitty from Ten lives and second chances.
The Dandy Lioness from Chai Tea and Quills.
Laughingwolf from ...paws and reflect.


And for those here for just the blogfest: 

If you don't want to bother with the personal, fiction writing element of this post, feel free to scroll down to the comments (assuming you want to comment) and ignore this bit! (Hope no one minds I'm combining two unrelated things in the same post.)

As for my National Novel Writing Month update:

I won NaNoWriMo on Sunday! Well . . . not officially, since they don't verifying winners until the 25th of November. But I'm beyond the NaNo goal according to Word.

I almost finished on Saturday, the 10th, but after writing 11k last Friday I didn't really feel like typing out 8k the next day to hit 50k. So, I finished on the 11th. Today I've written 4,233 words, for a grand total of 61,045.


Which bloggers do you miss, or would you miss? Know any of the people I mentioned? Ever visited a blog you knew before only to find it's disappeared off the internet?

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, how are you doing with the challenge?

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on winning NaNo!
Sarah has been mentioned many times. Her last post is sad. Kitty has also been mentioned often.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

Anna Smith said...

Ooh well done on nanowrimo, that's brill :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. I remember Josh .. and Sarah .. and so pleased you highlighted Old Kitty, the Dandy Lioness and Laughing Wolf I don't know ..

Well done on NaNo .. good for you .. cheers Hilary

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats you kicked nano's arse haha, sure I would miss quite a few if they went poof at my zoo.

Morgan said...

Yes, I remember Sarah from Empty White Pages! I loved her blog!!!!

ANd keep rockin the NaNo...

Jack said...

Great job on NaNo!!!! *High fives and sends chocolate*

I am now stalking the bloggers you said you would miss.

nutschell said...

I miss Elena too! She was hilarious and just plain fun. Hope she comes back to blogging.

JeffO said...

WINNER! Great job, Eagle, congratulations.

Nancy Thompson said...

So many are missing Sarah today.

L.G.Smith said...

Wow, you already hit your 50K? You are officially a NaNo goddess.

And I just didn't think I could do this Miss You blogfest. There are so many great bloggers I would miss that I couldn't name just a few. Lots of great bloggers out there.

mooderino said...


Well done.

Moody Writing

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I miss Shrinking Violets Promotions. One of the founders, Robin LaFevers, is now posting regularly over at Writer Unboxed, but I miss the blog's focus on introverts!

Matthew MacNish said...

I've actually met Elena IRL, and she is awesome. I miss her too! I think she may have moved to the UK. I'll ask her to drop by.

M Pax said...

Wow! Awesome on finishing NaNo! Congrats!

I'd miss you and your blog Eagle if you were to stop. Have a great weekend :D

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Very well done!

laughingwolf said...

like i said before, you're a shoe in to complete nano days before deadline, ge... GRATS! :)

David P. King said...

It's official: everyone misses Sarah. Me too, and the blogosphere would be a lowly place without The Eagle. Glad you're still with us! :)

Elena Solodow said...

Matt MacNish gave me the heads-up. Thanks SO much for the remembrance. Makes me miss blogging all the more. Was just thinking how much I miss it the other day. Wish I had the time, but maybe one day soon...Anyway, thanks very much for thinking of me. Definitely makes my day! And congrats on NaNo.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Sarah was awesome. Next to Alex, she visited the most blogs in a day I think.

mshatch said...

wow! You've been a writing fool! Congrats :)

Liz said...

You've already won NaNo? Congrats.

DWei said...

A lot of bloggers I was following disappeared too recently. I'm trying to find new blogs to fill up their spots. :(

Andrew Leon said...

Yeah, I miss Sarah, too...
bah... too many people gone.

Keetha Broyles said...

My first visit here today from the "miss you" blog fest.

Hey - - - I think we could NAME your tectonic plate. There are charts and it shouldn't be too hard to determine your plate - - - unless you live on a plate boundary, and then we could even tell if it was a convergent, divergent, or transform fault boundary.

Oh dear - - - I think I just gave away that I was an Earth Science teacher, didn't I?

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations on NaNo! I've never participated, but don't you still have 2 weeks left? I'm just blown away. Awesome. A lot of people have mentioned Sarah, I never got the chance to interact with her but hopefully she'll be back. And I visit Laughing Wolf too, he's really great. (:

Tamara said...

Wow!! Congrats on Nano!! that's awesome!!! I am failing miserably at it, but oh well. I'll get there. haha. Just clearly not this month.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Christine Rains said...

I remember Josh. He was so nice and commented on my blog often. Congratulations for winning NaNo! That's awesome.

Livia said...

Great choices! :)

Donna Shields said...

I miss Josh's blotting also.

Anonymous said...

I remember Sarah Pearson. And I agree that if Old Kitty left I would miss her very much!

Shelly said...

I would miss Sarah Allen. She's so spunky-positive.

Hugs and chocolate,

Kimberly Gabriel said...

You are doing NaNo and participating in blogfests? You are amazing. I don't know many of the bloggers you mentioned. I'll have to check them out!

farawayeyes said...

Woo Hoo for winning NaNo. No easy task.

You are the first blogger in this blogfest who mentioned six bloggers that I have not ever visited before. Great post.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I realized I'm not following you and changed that. Laughing Wolf has been a long time follower, and sporadic commenter, at my place too. He's a fun one.

Congratulations on winning NaNo. That's a huge accomplishment.


Laura Eno said...

Woot for your NaNo progress! I wish I could write that fast.

This has been a really cool blogfest, a chance to reflect on people who mean so much to us.

Carrie-Anne said...

I met Sarah during this April's Blogging A to Z Challenge. It's a shame she's stopped blogging regularly.

Congratulations on finishing ahead of time! I'm not officially doing NaNo, but I began a WIP on the 5th, and am already up to 18,000 words. Given the massive length it's going to be, that's nowhere near done, but at least I'm making quick progress.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on winning NaNo! Since you work at the speed of light, maybe you should consider being one of Alex's elves! Great to see you again! Julie

Mark Koopmans said...


Glad you mentioned Sarah, too... hope she gets the chance to read this :)

C.M.Brown said...

Yeah, as you saw on my post, I had only kind words for Sarah. I do miss her.

Looks like you have done very well NaNo, good for you!

Allison said...

Wow, what an accomplishment on winning NaNo. Great job!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Melissa Bradley said...

Congrats on NaNo! You are doing an awesome job looks like. Keep up the excellent progress. :)

Great bloggers you've shared. I love Old Kitty, too.

N. R. Williams said...

That's impressive Golden, way to go. A lot of friends who've moved on.

Suzanne Furness said...

There were some new names here for me. It is sad when we lose touch with people. I guess life gets in the way of blogging sometimes! Good to meet you btw I'm following now :)

Deborah Walker said...

I miss Joe Romel. Hope he's doing great.

Congratulations on winning Nanowrimo, Eagle. I am in awe.

Natasha Hanova said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not familiar with the names on your list, but know how to fix that.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I always forget to check Laughing Wolf's site.

Tina said...

Wow, congrats on finishing NaNo already! I'm still struggling. I loved this blogfest for the chance to give a shout-out to the folks who are still around, and also to reminisce and perhaps entice those I've lost to return to the game. Thanks for coming by my place for the fest.
Tina @ Life is Good

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

NaNo is a huge accomplishment, congrats. Thanks for introducing these blogs. The world is shrinking fast, thanks to bloggers like you.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've got a few in this category too.

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Liza said...

I'm so glad you mentioned Kitty. She's such a positive, delightful presents in Blog Land. And, Congratulations on Nano! By my calendar, it's only November 17! Talk about breaking speed records. What dedications! Wishing you the best!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Congratulations on finishing your NaNo novel! That is incredibly fast! :)

I remember Sarah too! I miss her blogging!

Susan Oloier said...

This is such a fabulous blog fest! Hey, congrats on winning NaNo! How exciting!!!

Ella said...

Wow, well done! Impressive :D

I didn't know these bloggers, but I bet I would of really liked them...so sad!

It is nice to meet you! You need to go celebrate ;D

Off to check out your links!
Thank you~

Ciara said...

I haven't made it by Old Kitty's for awhile. I miss her. I've got to go by and say hi this weekend.

Sofia said...

Oh my goodness, thank you! *hugs* I would definitely miss you as well. :P In fact, I posted today, which I've been meaning to do for *ages*, and I only just got around to.

As for NaNoWriMo, congratulations... again! :P I'm just over 44k at the moment. :D

Jeff Hargett said...

Big congrats on the NaNo accomplishment!

Rose Munevar said...

Congratulations on fulfilling the NaNo challenge! That is quite an accomplishment :) Too much for me right now but I'm glad to cheer for you instead!

DMS said...

Wow! Lots of writing- congrats! I liked your list of blogs you miss and would miss. : )

Marsha Sigman said...

I miss Elena too! And Congrats on NaNo!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Woo-hoo for making the finish line (ahead of time) in NaNo! I know how tough it is and how rewarding to know you can do it.
You are a blogger I would miss, for sure! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tara Tyler said...

sarah is madly missed! seen her name a bunch! and old kitty! all wonderful picks!

congrats and beyond for beating the nano challenge!

Sarah Pearson said...

Hey Birdie,

I'm late to the party as usual but I just wanted to say a huge thank you for thinking of me. I'll see you very soon :-)

Heather said...

Yes, too many to list unfortunately. I don't know if it's #NaNo or what but a lot of my favs have taken a break it seems.

Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations on winning NaNo so fast! Good grief! Did you sleep and eat this month?!??!?! :)
I am not familiar with any of the blogs you mentioned so I will have to check them out

klahanie said...

Hey Golden Eagle,

It's so encouraging to see that you, amongst so many fine bloggers, got involved in such a thoughtful blogfest.

Evidently, I'm in the 'bloggers we would like to see stop writing' blogfest :)

Yes, I know a few of the names you have mentioned.

Well done on that NaNo. Of course, up until recently, I thought it had something to do with "Mork and Mindy"!

Happy writing, Gary

Powdered Toast Man said...

So many bloggers fall by the wayside. If only we could reach out to them somehow and tell them to come back.

I've seen NaNoWriMo on so many posts but I'm too stupid to know what it means. Can you email me what it means? reviewsyoucantuse@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Congratulations Golden Eagle!

Michael Pierce said...

Holy crap, that's a lot of words! Congrats kicking NaNo's butt! Great tribute to some beloved bloggers come and gone.

Tammy Theriault said...
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Tammy Theriault said...

great bloggers list and great job with nano...wowsers

Pk Hrezo said...

Congrats on NaNo! You're a superstar!

I forgot about Elena. She was awesome. Wonder what happened there. Life just gets a hold of us sometimes.

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Thank you!

I know. It was sad to see her leave the blogosphere back in April.

You're very welcome! It was a lot of fun. :)

Anna: Thanks!

Hilary: Hope you'll get to know them, then!


Pat: It's a close community over at your blog, isn't it? I'm sure the blogosphere would have a significant gap in it if you ever left!

Morgan: Me, too.

Thanks for the support!

Jack: Thank you! :)

Awesome. Hope you like their posts.

Nutschell: Same here. It would be nice to see updates again sometime . . .

JeffO: Thank you very much!

Nancy: I noticed a lot of mentions of her, too.

L.G.: LOL. Not sure about the "goddess" part, but thanks. ;)

I had a hard time choosing. There were so many to pick . . .

Mooderino: Thank you!

Jennifer: An introvert-focused blog? That would have been a really interesting read (I'm an introvert myself).

Matthew: That's so cool that you got to meet her in person!

Mary: Thanks! :)

Aw--I'd definitely miss you, too.

Wendy: Thanks!

Laughingwolf: Thanks for the support through NaNoWriMo. :)

David: I'm glad you're still with us, too!

Elena: You're very welcome! I was just looking at my blogroll and it reminded me how much I enjoyed reading your posts.


Michael: Indeed, she did visit a lot of blogs.

Mshatch: LOL. Fool I am, that's for sure! Thank you. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Liz: Thanks!

DWei: That's too bad. I've been in that position before--trying to find new blogs to fill in the ones that have disappeared.

Andrew: The blogfest is sad in that sense; but I've found some great new sites through it!

Keetha: Welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective! :)

I love earth science--awesome that you used to be a teacher of it! I'd never really thought about which plate I was on; I just knew it was the one that made up the North American continent. I don't believe I live on a boundary, though.

Elise: Thank you!

Yeah--though it's only 11 days, now.

Agreed. :)

Tamara: Thanks! And hey, as long as you finish with a good story, it seems like you'll be in a good place.

I enjoyed the visit!

Christine: Same here.

Thanks. :)

Livia: Thank you!

Donna: His posts were really interesting ones.

Stephen: She brings a certain light to the blogosphere, doesn't she?

Shelly: Hooray for bloggers with spunk and positivity! :)

Kimberly: Aw, thanks. Not sure what beam of craziness inspired NaNo and blogfest participation at the same time, but here I am!

Hope you like the blogs I linked to!

Farawayeyes: Thanks. :)

I hope you find a new site (or six) that you like among them!

Robyn: Thank you so much for following The Eagle's Aerial Perspective.

He was one of the first commenters on my blog when I started back in 2010.


Laura: Thank you.

I agree. It's nice to see so many bloggers mentioning the people they find the most interesting in the blogosphere.

Carrie-Anne: It is too bad.


Good for you on your progress. And I think my novel's going to end up a massive length, too . . .

Empty Nest Insider: LOL. Haven't received an email about that yet, but who knows.

Great to see you, too!

Mark: Apparently, she did, based on the comment below. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

C.M.: Same here.

Thank you!

Allison: Thanks. :)

Melissa: Thanks. I hope I can keep up the progress!

She's awesome.

Nancy: Thank you.

It's sad to see so many bloggers go.

Suzanne: Yup, I guess it does.

Thank you so much for following! :)

Deborah: There are bloggers I hope are doing well, too . . . ones I didn't mention on this list.

Thank you.

Natasha: You're very welcome!

I hope you found a blog you liked in one of those links. :)

L. Diane: There are always so many blogs to visit, aren't there?

Tina: Thanks! Good luck with NaNoWriMo--you can do it!

I enjoyed visiting. :)

Joylene: You're welcome--glad I could help shrink the blogosphere a little. :)

Charles: I think most bloggers do. A lot of people move on, it seems!

Liza: Agreed.

Thank you!

Krista: Thanks.

I think a lot of people miss her posts . . .

Susan: Thank you! :)

Ella: I know; whenever I came across a new blog, I wished I could have gotten to know the bloggers before they stopped posting.

LOL. I've been having some pretty good days this past week--that's celebration enough for me.

You're welcome!

Ciara: It's always nice to visit her blog, isn't it?

Sofia: You're welcome! :) And it's great to see a post of yours show up in my reader; I'll be off to comment in a moment.

Thank you! Congrats on your 44k--still way ahead of the deadline.

Jeff: Thanks. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Rose: Thank you! And thanks for the cheers, too. :)

Jess: Thank you. Glad you liked my list!

Marsha: She was an excellent blogger.


Tricia: Aww, thank you. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Tara: Thanks--and I noticed Sarah mentioned on a lot of blogs as well.

Thank you very much!

Sarah: Oh, wow. You were an unexpected delight in the comments. :)

You're very welcome! And I hope that means you'll be posting in the near future.

Heather: I think it might be NaNo. I can be hard to blog and write like crazy at the same time . . .

Heather: LOL. Nah, I just installed an IV drip and typed. ;)

Awesome. Hope you find someone you like!

Klahanie: By all means, you're not! I'm sure there are many bloggers who would miss your presence in the blogosphere. I know I would.

Nope, just writing. :)

Powdered Toast Man: I know. But then, blogging is so internet-centric there's really no way of doing so once they disappear.

Lisa: Thank you!

Michael: Thank you very much. :)

Tammy: Glad you liked the list!


Pk: Thank you.

It's too bad, but yeah, you can't exactly stop life to keep blogging.

Trisha said...

Awesome, congrats on your NaNovictory! :) I wish they would let us verify earlier.

....Petty Witter said...

Always sad when a blogger stops posting, its even sadder when they simply disappear leaving you wondering what has become of them.

The Golden Eagle said...

Trisha: Thank you! And congratulations to you, too, on reaching 50k. :)

It would be nice if they did. I wonder why they don't . . .

Petty Witter: I agree. The worry is the worst part of it.