Bird at Hanauma Bay.
One of the blogs I used to follow mentioned in passing that “blogging is on the way out.” I have forgotten the context of that remark, but it has haunted me ever since. Can that be? Is blogging becoming passé? If so, what will take its place? Looking back on my internet usage, I realize that new things keep cropping up only to decline in popularity about ten years later.
I remember starting my online friendships in 1997 when I joined a chat room. It was then that my nickname, gigi-hawaii, was born. I have been gigi-hawaii ever since. In 1998, my husband and I won a free trip to Las Vegas. When I mentioned it, a number of chat room friends said they wanted to meet me there. Can you believe it? So, it was in Las Vegas that a friend from San Francisco, a friend from New Jersey, and two friends residing in Vegas met David and me for dinner (dutch treat) one night and for Black Jack the next day. We had a blast in Vegas!
Two years later, I quit the chat room and lost track of those friends. Easy come, easy go. That chat room no longer exists. As a matter of fact, are there any chat rooms in existence now? Anyone know?
In 2006, I started my blog, gigi-hawaii. I had learned about blogging from a newsletter I subscribed to, and when Blogspot and WordPress were listed as two sites that were free, I chose WordPress and have had no regrets.
Because of my blog, I have reached out to friends who comment on my posts and have invited them to lunch or dinner. The first friends I invited to my home were Kay and her husband, Art, in 2008. Since then, there have been other bloggers whom I have met in person. The most recent meeting occurred in New Delhi, India, when David and I dined with Kavita and Ruprekha. Awesome!
It is inevitable that blogging will be replaced with something new and better. But does this mean I will lose touch with my blog friends the way I lost touch with my chat room friends? Time will tell.