Happy August to you all!
Welcome to another month of Real Bloggers United: The Group Blog. I’d like to say that this month we’ve got a plethora of posts because our theme was ‘BLOGGER’S CHOICE’ wherein our members could submit whatever struck their fancy whether it be poetry, prose or photography. Unfortunately, I cannot.
Yes, we did receive a few terrific posts that will be online in the coming days. But it was nothing like I expected the turnout to be considering our previous BLOGGER’S CHOICE months have yielded a good many submissions. And why is that?
To be honest, I’m not really sure. Oh, I suppose I could spend the next few paragraphs lamenting the fact that what is usually a winning ‘pull ‘em in’ theme fell flat on its virtual face. And I could try to plead a case as to why it happened using words like perhaps or maybe or even much more literary sounding words like mayhap or perchance. But I won’t.
Because over the past few months it seems to me as though the merry band of bloggers that came together from all walks of life and from all around the globe have grown more and more distant as the days have passed. And to be honest, there is no one to blame for it either because this sort of thing happens all the time, every day and everywhere.
Think back to when you where a child and remember how you were with someone you thought of as your dearest friend. You did everything together and everything was perfect. Nothing could separate you, save your parents calling you in for supper. Yes, when you were children you were invincible.
But then you grew older. And it wasn’t long until the invisible ties that bound you and your best friend together came unknotted and the two of you started to drift apart until one day you looked around and you realized you had drifted so far apart there was a world of difference between you. And so it happened that your bestest best friend in the whole wide world, the person who helped make you ‘you’, became the stuff of your cherished memories.
No, it’s not a bad thing. It’s simply a life thing. And like I said, it happens all the time, every day, and everywhere.
So why shouldn’t it happen here in this virtual world, too? When we came together there was a genuine buzz of excitement. Our members sent in loads of submissions. There were comments, too; so many lovely comments. But then the newness of our blog wore off and the number of submissions started to dwindle. Likewise so too did the comments. And now here we are, nearly a year and a half old (which in this world of megabytes, teradata, and clouds is more like ten or twenty years) and it appears that all the ‘shiny’ we had has dulled with age.
For those of you wondering where this is going, let me be clear in saying that I am not giving up on RBU:TGB because I know there’s still a lot of sparkle left in this group. So rest assured that I’ll keep updating our little blog page and sending out those emails urging our members to submit their poems, prose, and photo essays. And no matter if we get one hundred submissions or none, I’ll still be sending out my ‘Message from the Founder’s Keyboard’ on the first day of each month.
Why? Because I’m stubborn like that and the thought of giving up on our group and throwing in the towel does not sit well with me.
That having been said, I do hope you will pop over a few more times this month to read the submissions that did come in because they are fabulous, after all the members of RBU:TGB is a talented group with whom I’m mighty proud to be associated.