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Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

When People of the Internet Go Away

Blogger Hey Natalie Jean I was casually scrolling through Twitter (aka procrastinating my to-do list) when I saw my favorite blogger, Hey Natalie Jean share a post. She said it was her last. While still looking at my phone, I immediately started crying.

That might sound like the most pathetic sentence I have ever written but gosh darn it, it's completely earnest and not entirely due to pregnancy hormones. Let me explain...

Blogger Hey Natalie Jean

I first started reading Natalie's blog right after her son Henry was born in the fall of 2010. I found her through someone else's blog and instantly felt a kindred internet connection. Like Natalie, I am a bit quirky and far too opinionated.

As she continued writing, Natalie became a household name and not just in the blogging community. When infertility became part of my story Natalie was the only person I "knew" that had experienced/is experiencing relatively unexplained infertility. I found comfort in her honesty during the moments when I found comfort in very little.

I had little contact with Natalie until I purchased her book last year (I wrote a review here). There was some confusion with my preorder and she was the sweetest and personally resolved the issue. You can read her last post here. And while the archives are still up I highly suggest reading through some of her essays. They were my favorite. I will miss her writing.

In this era, where it seems everyone has an online presence, I wonder how I'll feel about my blog after a decade. Will I feel like the effort is still worth it? I enjoy writing and documenting our life but I don't want to simply add noise for noise sake. The internet is weird and so I constantly ask myself if I'm doing this for the right reasons.

I plan on saving a few of Natalie's post...the ones that have meant the most to me because I'm not sure how long her blog will still be up. We live in a social media world where we think everything lives on forever. But maybe certain spaces only live on for a moment.

Update: Since publishing this post, Natalie's blog is no longer live. You can still purchase her book on Amazon.

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