Where Is Duncan?


Years ago a fellow blogger, Duncan, wrote a post about the people behind the blogs.  How we often come to ‘know’ one another through our words, our comments, our laughs and our sorrows.  We most often never meet.  We may not even know what the other writer looks like.  But we ‘get to know’ these people in some form.  We follow their literary journey (if they write to be writers) or their life journey (they write to connect) or a mixture of both.  Duncan wrote a post about how one of the bloggers he had been following for quite some time, just disappeared, stopped writing, stopped commenting.  He wondered if something had happened to her or had she just stopped the writing journey.   During that write-up of his, and following comments, he had discussed his concern about the human behind the write.  About his concern for those ‘left behind’ in the blogging world who would worry/wonder.  Duncan recognized that this could (and had) happened.  He  said that he had a friend who would notify his blog community if anything happened to him because he understood there would be people who would want to know.

We haven’t heard from Duncan in many months.

I am well aware from where I sit that there are actual humans behind these blog posts.  Life is happening.  Things occur that may (or often times not) make it into the blogging world’s awareness.

Duncan may have decided to just stop being part of the blog world.  Something may be preventing Duncan from being part of the blog world (health, activities, priorities).  Duncan may no longer be part of this world.

We may never know.  I have tried, and I know others have tried, to find out if he is okay.

If Duncan chose to no longer be ‘here’ I wish him well and hope his life is full.

If Duncan has passed away I want him to know I am thankful for his presence when he was here, his humor, his compassion, his thoughts.  I want to remember the man who sat at his computer and shared these things with strangers around the world.  We may have never met but we exchanged thoughts and emotions, the very essence of human communication.

Wherever you are Duncan, I miss you.  I wish you happiness wherever you are.





17 thoughts on “Where Is Duncan?

  1. Colleen, this is so heartfelt. I remember reading a post exactly like the one you described a while back and am thinking that perhaps it might be Duncan’s post? If you could link it, that would be lovely. The message holds so much nuance to it though. We are all people behind these blogs, whatever we choose to share. I hope wherever he is, Duncan is doing well. Thank you for highlighting this in this thoughtful post.

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  2. This post resonated with me as well, Coleen. A few people I used to be in contact with on the blogosphere have vanished, and I often think about them. A couple died and their family informed everyone on their blogs. But others just disappeared into thin air. Some were old and I knew had health problems so I assume they died. One I often think about was a young woman whose blog name was Camille de Fleurville. She had two disabled sisters she was looking after. We had corresponded a lot, as I had done some guest posts etc and we even exchanged emails. Things were not going well with her and then one day she stopped responding. I tried inquiring but nobody had news. So sad…

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    • Like you, I have known a few bloggers who have passed, and family let the blogging community know. I often think of those missing bloggers and hope that they know people think of them and miss them. Like this man, Duncan, I knew some about him so I could search a little but I can’t find out anything. So I wonder about him and wish him nothing but the best.

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  3. I wonder too Colleen. There are several “MIA” , others that have declared an intention to stop, one particular blogger for me who posts very infrequently but I am always overjoyed to see each and every post, no matter how long it’s been since last time. It means that their particular demons have not won. I treasure all communication on WordPress and thank everyone who makes my life a little bit better by being here. My latest Rapid rhyme is very apt.


  4. How sad and concerning! Now I wonder about poor Duncan too. I hope he turns back up again! God bless him.
    I too am saddened when blog friends simply stop blogging. It has happened many times. Four have announced their dismissal, with reasons, and I so appreciated that. The not knowing is the worst.

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