Weather has been a lifelong passion for me; while my husband and 4 kids, all grown, and one of them now married, have patiently gone along with me!
By: PugetSoundPost , 11:41 PM GMT on March 09, 2017
March 9, 2017
When I wrote my last blog I was kind of rushing to get it done before the photos were turned off. It turned out that the photos are still here, partially, but by sudden surprise the blogs themselves are now soon-to-be history.
In some ways I, and probably all of you, are not really surprised. I have read around this community sphere that everyone pretty well assumed they would not be kept, but I also read comments that sounded like they would be kept. The question seemed to hang thickly in the air - "but for how long?" Now we know. Not very long at all. The plug was pretty unceremoniously pulled, it seems to me, on the same day that the photo upload expired. Boom. Boom. I wasn't really prepared for that to come as it did, but in my heart, I have sensed that things were moving this way for a while now. The beginning of the end, in my mind, began the long march toward demise back when they did the big website overhaul/redesign. The particular sticking point for me personally, was when they refused to continue linking a blogger's blog to their home town forecast page. For folks like me, that was a strong hit. New folks used to stop by now and then because they were interested in the area, but without that link we couldn't really be easily found. And I couldn't find others. And, perhaps, I just didn't have the umption to really go looking. But, it had been a lot easier to do previously. The walls began to feel a bit like they were closing in, slowly. Then after that the website seemed to have a lot of glitches that hampered the experience and I never had the sense the in-charge people were ever really interested in fixing it or really wanting the people here to thrive too much. I will say that I don't really have any idea about whatever backstory there is to shutting it all down, other than apparently they want to re-invent themselves here, without having to be bothered by a lot of people and problems.
I joined WU in 2003, but didn't begin blogging here until 2009. It has been a great experience and many of life's biggest moments have slid along through these years, represented here on my blog. Within that span, I have had all four of my kids finish high school and college, one daughter got married and she now has a son (got to join the grandma ranks here with some of you!), we had a two year long deck building project, I lost my mom after long health struggles (my dad previously after a long struggle too) and then both of my in-laws in the wink of an eye when a bus hit their car. I have taken numerous wonderful trips, both foreign and domestic, probably too-well documented here with too many photos, but they all were fun nonetheless. My original passion back in 2003 and forward was to come by this website for weather information. But eventually I was taking photos with an eye toward posting them here to share and took the plunge into hosting a blog page to connect with other "weather buffs", that turned out to be a much richer life involvement experience. The weather doesn't change too much here, it turns out, but life takes a lot of twists and turns for us all. it was nice to share that with others and try to give encouragement, as well as receive it from many. I have learned a lot about different areas of the country that I would not have learned otherwise. You all have been great to correspond with and get to know just a bit. I thank you all for your friendship, advice and laughs too!
In reality, all things that begin will end. And so we have come to the end of the road here. I will miss being able to sort of "have my own place" on this website and on the internet in general. In spite of complaints and changes, it still has been a good place to post our own life moments and ideas. I am over on Flickr and we shall see how that develops. It clearly is not the same as here. But, we must soldier on and make the best of what we have.
For now, I will leave this blog with an approver's choice photo from several years ago of Mt. Rainier, the iconic landmark of Washington. Signing off and saying "good bye" (but likely will add comments as needed till the lights go dark here) as the falling rain is intensifying outside, symbolizing the tears that are shed around WU, and we await a possible windstorm in the overnight hours tonight and early tomorrow morning. The weather does continue when all else fades!
God bless you all!
Sunrise: 6:33 AM --- Sunset: 6:06 PM (PST)
(gaining 3 min, 28 sec tomorrow)
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