Friends, today I wish to address an unusual -- and growing -- phenomenon in the sewing blogosphere: the lost blogger.
We all know at least a few of them. Those of you who have blogs simply have to scroll down to the bottom of your blogrolls to see who hasn't posted in the last six months, nine months, or longer. Some bloggers will vanish without a trace, leaving us wondering if it was something we said -- or didn't say.
Now I certainly recognize that sometimes our lives' priorities change. Family crises crop up. We lose our jobs -- or suddenly get one. We have babies. We get hit by falling pianos. Regardless of the circumstances, we can no longer continue blogging. I understand.
Many bloggers tell their readers beforehand that they'll be taking a break, a courtesy greatly appreciated in this age of fleeting, virtual relationships. Thank you, Lisette. Thank you, Susan.
Today I thought I'd pay tribute to some of the lost bloggers I miss most, and perhaps you do too.
Many of you remember Rachel from A Sewn Wardrobe. Rachel started sewing around the same time I did, which immediately created a bond between us. I fear that once Rachel so brilliantly recovered her vintage sofa, there were no more mountains to climb. Won't you please join hands and call out along with me: Earth to Rachel!
|Rachel's gorgeous recovered sofa. The beginning of the end?|
How I enjoyed Eugenia's (Fabulous) World of Fashion. It's true that once I'd seen a few dozen of Eugenia's perfectly fitting, beautifully crafted shift dresses, my mind began to wander, but I do wonder what she's up to -- perhaps gardening. Repeat after me: We miss you, Eugenia!
Many of you remember Brian of Brian Sews. What you may not know is that Brian was my very first sewing friend. I reached out to him (via Pattern Review) shortly after I bought my first sewing machine, and that summer he generously coached me in the basics, entirely via webcam and email. Brian introduced me to vintage Necchi's, Margaret Islander videos, and sewing with old bed linens. He did pop up a few months ago, but disappeared again just as quickly. Let us ask, as one: Where the heck are you, Brian?
And then there's Elaine, aka The Selfish Seamstress. One wouldn't expect an explanation from Elaine and we won't get one. Still, when I think back on that romantic evening we shared here in Chelsea just two years ago, I can't help but wonder what might have been.
Missing many a month now, Elaine is no doubt successfully knocking off designer duds in some fairytale European city with very clean streets. Let us close our eyes for a moment and visualize Elaine; perhaps we can manifest her.
Readers, on a completely different note: do you have plans for tonight? If not, I want to recommend a wonderful film noir Lucille Ball made in her pre I Love Lucy days, directed by none other than Douglas Sirk of Magnificent Obsession fame. It's entitled Lured (1947) and can currently be streamed in its entirely on You Tube (see below).
Lucy is wonderful in it, and while it's a thriller, there's a great deal of humor in it too. The marvelous cast includes George Sanders, Charles Coburn, and the inimitable Boris Karloff. I watched it last night and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Just click below and supersize the screen. Don't forget the popcorn!
In closing, readers, do you ever wonder about the many lost bloggers of the sewing world -- either those mentioned above or others?
Do you envy their ability to just get on with life -- or, perish the thought, its opposite -- with nary a thought to those who followed them for so long?
Maybe we'll hear from some of them below! (No guilt, all is forgiven.)