Monday, December 01, 2008

Loss


As I'm sure most of you know, the book blogging community has suffered a great loss. Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf passed away last week.
I just found out as her husband posted about it today, and I'm terribly sad, shocked, confused, and more than anything else, I can feel a big void in the tight knit online world that we maintain. I've thought about it often, how people we may never meet become such a tangible part of everyday life. As odd as it might sound to the outsider, it's true. We share our lives, our loves, our losses, and we matter to each other. This community matters.
Dewey was one of the most talented community builders in the book blogging world. From the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, to Weekly Geeks, the Graphic Novels Challenge and beyond, she worked tirelessly to bring us all together and help us feel our connections ever more acutely. It's a sad day for us, a very real loss, and it'll take some time for things to feel right again. I hope Dewey knows that we loved and admired here and that there's no one else quite like her.

18 comments:

  1. That is so incredibly sad. To lose someone is difficult enough but even more so near the holidays.

    I will say a prayer for her family today as they mourn her loss.

    Itis at times like these that words seem lost for me....

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  2. "As odd as it might sound to the outsider, it's true. We share our lives, our loves, our losses, and we matter to each other. This community matters."

    It really does, and this is just...gah :(

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  3. When I found out, I was trying to explain that to my husband, just what you said, that this community is real. The loss is real. It doesn't matter that most of us never met her. It feels as if we did.

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  4. I'm totally shocked. This is the first I heard of it. It's just awful.

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  5. I can't tell you how sad I've been all day about this. Our connections are real. As are our friendships.

    It is certainly a sad day.

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  6. So, so sad for her family and book bloggers everywhere.

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  7. I think Dewey knew she was loved by bloggers. I hope so. She was such a tremendous presence that I can't even begin to come up with a post, so I'm just visiting other blog tributes. What a horrible loss.

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  8. As I wrote on Joy's blog, it's such an unbelievable loss. I can't wrap my brain around how one goes about mourning someone in this blogosphere. Of all the bloggers I come in contact with on a daily basis, there are only a few I've actually ever met. But I feel like I know each and every single one I drop in on during my daily hopping. How does go about mourning??

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  9. She will be missed, that's for sure.

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  10. This is indeed sad, Andi. But on the other hand, the part that we don't know about, I'm just as glad she's in pain anymore.

    She had a big heart for sharing herself to the book blogging community and she will always be remembered that way.

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  11. I loved what you wrote Andi. I am just so shocked...

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  12. Well said - and so true. I don't have the words to express how I feel today...empty maybe comes the closest.

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  13. I've only just found out and I am more shocked than I can say. What terrible, tragic news. This is a real community and the strength of feeling we have for one another is every bit as real as if we'd met face to face.

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  14. I'm blown away. I really cannot believe this. I'm happy that she's not in anymore pain, but she will be missed. She will definitely be missed. =(

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  15. Andi, and everyone in the community really, I'm so sorry for the loss. As much a part of your life that she was, I'm certain you were a part of hers. And maybe there's comfort in knowing that you made her life richer and warmer, as she made yours.

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  16. I've been offline a lot of this week so this is the first I heard. It's very shocking, and you're right, it is just like losing a friend in 'real life'. I am very saddened to hear this news.

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  17. Wonderful post Andi. Dewey was such an inspiration. And this has made me realize just how important the people in the online community are.

    "We share our lives, our loves, our losses, and we matter to each other. This community matters."

    That was perfectly put.

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  18. She left such a huge void and she contributed so much this community - a community she was instrumental in building. I am sad beyond words :(

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