Many of those I deleted were for old (once prolific) contributors to the blawgosphere who had either deleted or mothballed their blogs or had suddenly disappeared without trace, having left virtual tumbleweed to blow across their slowly decaying posts.
I kept a subscription to many of them on the off chance they suddenly returned to blogging, but many of them have been absent for over 2 years now. I think that says they aren’t coming back - however painful that might be to accept.
It got me thinking about whether old bloggers who have suddenly left the ‘sphere ever pop back out of curiosity. Once you pack away the keyboard for good, is it possible to just switch off completely and never give the blogosphere another thought? That’s quite a sad prospect if it’s true.
Personally, I love trawling back through old blog posts and looking (and cringing) about some of the stuff I’ve posted in the past.