A Strange Year Of Blogging

Who could have guessed that 2020 would turn out like this? Six months on, the world of blogging has been increased by the huge number of ‘Virus Bloggers’, those who have started blogging to make their own record of this memorable year. I have read a great deal of blog posts about Covid-19, from heartbreaking personal memoirs, detailed record-keeping of the spread in certain countries or cities, through to those that have a feeling it never really existed.

In the last few weeks, Twitter has started to see many people who have had enough of lockdowns, and want to quickly get back to real life, as they see it. Some of those tweeting are also bloggers, but not all of course. In the main, I am happy to see that most of you in our well-established community are content to still fear the effects of the virus, and the possibility of that second wave. You are keeping safe, and so am I.

But we have all seen images of crowded beaches, parties, and other gatherings on the news media. Predominantly younger people who still regard themselves as being immune, for some inexplicable reason.
But I digress.

As far as blogging is concerned, those ‘Virus Bloggers’ are providing an amazing resouce for future historians. Just imagine if there had been the Internet, or other forms of widespread communication, at the various times the Black Death ravaged Europe, and other parts of the world? We might have even been able to learn something, about surviving a pandemic.

Or maybe not.

65 thoughts on “A Strange Year Of Blogging

  1. I’ll be honest, I’ve tried my best to avoid covid-related posts because at the beginning (carrying on for a good 2 months) it was just everywhere. Personally, it all became too overwhelming and caused me anxiety. Maybe I will read about them another day, but for now I’m choosing not to read anything other than updated guidelines. I know this may make me sound ignorant, but i just don’t want to stress myself out (even more so with baby on the way)

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    1. You have to do whatever is best for you and your health, Ami. My step-daughter had a baby girl in February, and we were only able to see her twice before the lockdown.
      At the end of May, one of my oldest friends died of the virus, which was heartbreaking. And I couldn’t even go to his funeral to say my goodbyes. So you are right to take it very seriously.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  2. Perhaps language would have been a barrier during the Black Death. Not to mention illiteracy. Just came to mind 🙂 Maybe the arts are still a good source of information, then and now. Although I do understand what you speak of, when referring to ‘virus bloggers’ 🙂


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    1. Yes literacy was the issue at the time of Bubonic Plagues. One reason why the only accounts we have of those times tend to be written by nobles or priests. That’s why it will be so valuable to have our contemporary accounts, from thousands of ordinary people all over the world.
      Thanks, Patricia.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. A close friend who was an adoptee and a blogger passed last month – not of the virus. She was in Australia and taught me so much. I also lost a cousin. The virus keeps us inside but still reading. All of this is upsetting, Pete. You are right. We are making history.

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  4. I think you are correct, Pete about documenting what has happened around the world I also wonder if lessons will be learned particularly if there are second waves around the world or another one similar to this in the future 🙂 Although I won’t hold my breath.

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      1. Best wishes Pete and stay safe. That always seems silly to say. I imagine somebody thinking “Bitch are you for real? What do you think I’m trying to do. It ain’t like I flick a switch. It’s a pandemic dumbass, staying safe ain’t a choice, it’s a prayer mofo!” My hope is you understand that what I’m really saying is I wish health and happiness for you and yours in the days ahead and I’m happy to hear from you. When I say stay safe I’m just saying in a different way what we always say. You say Best wishes comma Pete. And I reply Best wishes Pete. In other words…Stay safe.

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  5. Our numbers skyrocketed this past week. Today, our governor penned a new order stating we will pause any additional reopening until July 17. In this time, he has also mandated wearing masks anywhere social distancing is not possible, including work environments, restaurants and retail establishments. I expect to see people violate the order. They just do not seem to care about what their reluctance means for our future. I also read today that several states in the northeast have required travelers from our state (among others) be quarantined for 14 days if we travel into their states. Someone knows the danger it seems.

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  6. I think you’re right with your “maybe not” assessment, Pete: as I’m sure I’ve observed before, we have an inexplicable capacity for not learning from our previous mistakes. It’s a miracle we’re still here! 😉 Cheers, Jon.

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  7. this is all very sad. covid-19 is real and restrictions and ‘new’ normals are put in place to protect us. wearing masks in all public areas should not be a big deal. it can save lives. 🙂

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    1. The mask issue seems to have caused an unusually large protest in the USA. Over here, the majority are not wearing masks, and there is no compulsion to do so, except on buses and trains.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. “As far as blogging is concerned, those ‘Virus Bloggers’ are providing an amazing resource for future historians.”

    I agree. And, funny enough, after my weekly COVID update posts wind down (possibly in the next couple of weeks, since the COVID situation has drastically calmed down in New York), I’ll actually be looking to send my COVID update posts to my college’s archives!

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  9. Gosh, you know what here Pete, some govt. officials are blaming the people for the rise of the pandemic when it was their fault that they didn’t stop the flight of those coming from china as early as March this year. Until now, those chinese are still arriving in our country and this useless govt. allows them.

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  10. Having encountered several people in ASDA today who were ignoring the one way signs, I am not comfortable with the lifting of other restrictions, especially the holiday lets! We are surely going to see a spike here in Cornwall as we have had very low numbers of infections, but when people arrive from London, who knows what will happen. When I pointed out to one woman that she was going the wrong way she just shrugged and said, “so what”. I replied that these methods were put in place to protect us all, but she wasn’t at all bothered.

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    1. Out of all the supermarkets around here, Tesco has been the only one enforcing a one-way system. But since they dropped the extra staff last week, many customers are ignoring it.
      Best wishes, Pete. x


          1. Life back to normal, except people are still being infected and dying. But no one cares any more, they just want to go to the pub and go on holiday as usual. And who cares if a few hundred old folk pop their clogs a little earlier than expected.

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  11. I’m glad new bloggers are rising to the occasion. As a pre-pandemic blogger I think it would be strange to never mention the virus at all. On the other hand, it’s not my focus, life goes on, there’s still joy to be found and I’m thankful for that.

    Here in Washington State though many counties have seen a decline in covid cases others have seen spikes and even become hotspots. So beginning Friday our governor has mandated masks for all in public – at least in indoor spaces. Outside with room to properly distance you won’t need to wear them. I’ve been wearing one pretty faithfully since March so it won’t be too big of an adjustment.

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  12. We are indeed seeing a lot of “personal” blogs about the pandemic, which helps give it a more human touch…here int eh US, we are seeing spikes all across the country as “Covid-iots” claim wearing a mask is against their rights….I apologize for all of the hate and stupidity we are showing the world…

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