While perusing Instagram this morning I came across some tragic news. One of the bookbloggers I’ve followed for the last few years has passed away. She was only in her twenties, beautiful, smart, a young mother.
She was always so supportive and upbeat in her posts and in her comments to others.
How tragic for her family. A young vibrant woman whose life has been cut short…
I was upset – and I only knew her online. My husband, in his sardonic way, said “How do you know she is dead?” Well, I guess I had to admit, I have no proof. He said that online friends are not ‘real’ friends. I know that is true. But, that being said, I have formed some alliances since starting this blog. Sure, we mostly talk and post about books, but sometimes ‘real life’ issues do surface. A bond is formed – however tenuous.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I will miss Megan’s presence. With her chatty and informal posts which she always signed off with ‘Love Megan’. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding this tragic news difficult.
I do not know how she died. I do know that her online presence has largely been erased. Her blog has been taken down.
This led me to wonder whether I want my blog taken down should anything happen to me. I know I want my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts shut down, but my blog? I’m not sure.
Anyway, if this tragic news is true, I want to express my sincere condolences to Megan’s family and friends (whether they be ‘real’ or ‘virtual’. The book blogging community will miss her.