When the other site would go down, panic would ensue; not because of any loyalty to the site or its creator, but because of our loyalty to each other, the ones who poured their hearts and souls out, sometimes daily. We followed as people married, divorced, died, got jobs, lost jobs, bought new homes, lost homes, had children, had affairs, cooked, cleaned, and created.
The other site -- the Mercedes -- is down again. Each time it goes down we wonder if it will ever come back. In fact, I started this blog as a back-up to that site's potential demise. Blogger is a good enough site to write, but developing a sense of community is difficult. It's hard to find others who will "play" with you -- that is you read them, they read you, you comment on each other's blogs.
Even though it is very easy to write here, I rarely do because there is no feedback. I'm sure it is partly my fault. I haven't taken the extra step to really follow other blogs on Blogger. Facebook allows me to keep in touch with many of the friends I've made over the past fourteen years on the other site, but it isn't the same.
This is not the same, but I may have to make do.