Goodbye Vox! *sniff, sniff*

Posted: 2010-09-14 in Vox_export
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NOTE: This was a post over on Vox that I’ve exported over since the service is shutting down.

Tomorrow’s the last day you are allowed to post anything on Vox, but this will be my final post here.  I’m planning to keep up my writing over at http://rossotron.com and hope folks will continue to stop by over there.  Everyone who has sent me posts or comments with their new blog addresses have had their new sites bookmarked and I’m adding everyone to my RSS feeds, WordPress Subscriptions, and whatnot.

I started a blog back in March 2002 on a site called Diaryland, after a friend of mine started writing there [edit: wow, I just checked and the content is still over there! Crazy…] When I transferred my blog to a self-hosted MovableType installation in 2004, I hand-copied and pasted all my entries over to the new blog.  That was fun for a time, but I didn’t really have anyone reading my blog there, since it wasn’t publicized in any way and I didn’t really go through any effort to spread the word.

Things got a whole lot easier and a whole lot more fun when I joined Vox in early 2007, and started adding people to my Vox neighborhood.  Suddenly there was a whole community of people who were warm, kind, thoughtful and thought-provoking, all of whom seemed ready to extend a welcoming embrace to new Vox members.  I posted 370 entries in the last 10 months of 2007 (about 8 posts a week), and made some lasting friendships that I value dearly.  Although my posting activity declined in the following years, I became a more active participant in other people’s blogs and comment-threads, and love that even years later, I can go back and read some of those threads and get as much enjoyment and entertainment out of them as I did the first time I participated in those dialogues.  One of my favorites, looking back, is “If Real Life Were Like Vox” – definitely brings back memories of all the good times the folks in my ‘hood had here.

I’m more than a little sad about the Vox Diaspora that has taken place.  My neighborhood has been scattered to the ends of the internet.  Some folks ended up over on TypePad, some on WordPress, and others chose different routes, including LiveCloud and self-hosted blogs.  I hope to be able to keep following everyone, but in my heart I worry that some of the bonds we’ve formed over the years will be weakened, or even broken.  I am not sure there’ll be another Vox in our future, but we’ll all cherish the fun times we had as a Neighborhood, and I know that I’m going to use this as an impetus to get writing again, and hopefully move forward.  It won’t be the same, but hopefully it’ll be just as good.

Goodbye Vox.  I’ll miss you.

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  1. mariser says:

    and lest not forget all your work helping us find our way out of here with most of our virtual possessions. thanks to you we didn't have to depend on mostly non-responsive VOX support. Steve C. excepted.or to put it succintly -[Ross is good]

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  2. Emmi says:

    That was a great post! (Both of them). I don't want to jinx myself but so far I've "only" lost 2 neighbors, one who lives near me, one who will surely stay in touch one way or another. Isn't it true that on WP you can put on your blogroll any link even not from WP? At least that's handy.

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  3. "If Real Life Were Like Vox" is making me cry.

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  4. Budd says:

    I won't bother posting here as you are just going to delete this in 16 days. Oh wait, it is vox not you.

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  5. marco(a) says:

    Yes, sniff sniff. but we're still around.

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  6. Xeyli says:

    I also started at Diaryland! back in 2000. You manually copy/pasted your whole blog from there? I was thinking I'd like to save everything there (and the layout of mine is something I paid my friend to design, so I didn't want to let go of it).I'm not sure if I sent you my new location:http://xeyli.wordpress.com/

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  7. enSue says:

    I couldn't agree more with your last full paragraph, and I couldn't have worded it better. I'm thankful to have met you and hope we keep in touch for years to come.

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  8. SteveB says:

    I really loved building that community in vox and I wonder how I will be able to find new like-minded people. Maybe the same way — just looking at friends’ posts and who leaves good comments and checking them out.

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    • Ross says:

      I think that’s probably the best way, Steve. I can’t think of an easier way to find new people to follow, and you have the added benefit of a single-degree of separation with them due to an already-acquaintance!

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