You used to come by OS and play with us. You used to comment. You used to post. But the last time you wrote a post was on Dec 19, 2009 -- “Me on Open Salon?”
You wrote, in part:
“I read, I rate and I comment on Open Salon. I don't write as often as I think about writing. But I love it here, and many of you know that. I must also say: I don't check my inbox here as often as I should…. I have to be honest: I am drowning in email at work, I'm on Twitter and Facebook and Gmail as well as Salon, and of course I'm here too. I fall behind on everything.”
OK, so you’re falling behind. Last I checked you have 2,885 Facebook friends (I don’t even have 285) and you have thousands more followers on Twitter.
And yes, we’re proud you’re a regular on cable TV—we’ve seen you all over the place lately, even on "Morning Joe" -- with Nora! And you’re tweeting and social networking and appearing on more and more split screens. You must be tired of debating Pat Buchanan.
But Joan, not even a teensy-weensy comment over here on your own baby, Open Salon, every couple of weeks or so? Why oh why?
Maybe you flounced and I missed it.
What a thrill it used to be to get a Joan Walsh comment. On my fourth post ever you wrote one of the seven sparse comments I received. That encouragement kept me going.
Oh the memories. Remember when Lonnie photo-shopped Aretha’s inaugural hat on your avatar and we had the spring hat contest?
And you used to post here regularly, Joan. You wrote about your daughter Nora and about Sadie, your labradoodle. And you asked us to suggest books to read on your ‘semi-vacation.
We were all so close. We were your BFF of websites.
Maybe it was something we did. Do we sometimes seem like a lunch table of Heathers in the high school cafeteria? Is it the larger pool of OSers and reading posts from newbies with the same complaints of former newbies of six months ago, and six months before that?
Has it gotten old? Is it the weekly dustups? Have your faves left? Are you -- ahem, too famous to stop by now and then?
Or maybe like so many of us here you feel dissed that you didn’t get more EPs and covers. Hmm. They were starting to come few and far between for you, I noticed. The editor must have been encouraging you in the beginning and then, just like us, you were left to your own devices.
You could have blogwhored since just about all of us have you as a favorite. Come to think of it, looking at your blogpage, you haven't added a favorite since our dear, departed Dakini Dancer.
Maybe you’re writing under another name – are you really "big fat trauma queen"? Please let us know. Multiple personas are popping up all over and you may be two of them.
Oh Joan, I’m hoping you're lurking and you read this, just to know we care. And that you comment, just so we know you’re still here, and still like us enough to come and play. In fact, a Joan Walsh comment even on someone else’s post would make me feel a whole lot better about OS, and life in general.
And it’s spring. Isn’t it time for another hat?