By Kevin O'Keefe

92 year old's blog chronicling loss of wife pulled after one week


Mashable Business Editor, Todd Wasserman (@toddwasserman) shares word of a 92 year old UK blogger pulling the plug on his blog after just one week.

The reason? The blog became too popular.

George White’s wife passed away in November. Rather than hold his feelings in, White began a blog called GreyCavalier, to journal his experience and feelings.

His first post just a week ago on Christmas Eve:

One month ago I lost my dear wife, Mima. And after 67 years of happily married life together I find it hard to come to terms with my loss. However my grandson who lives in Switzerland is taking me there for a few weeks to recuperate. I intend to make the best of things, try to forget my pains (at least for a while), and visit some of the lovely scenery and mountains in that country. I’ve seen many photographs, now that I received my first ever passport a few weeks ago I can now experience it for myself.

I would like to share my adventures with you, and at the end of it I hope to feel a lot better. I hope you enjoy what follows.

And on Christmas:

I’m up bright and early, my grandson Bobby and his family have invited me through for Xmas dinner. Normally I would have been very excited but not this time. It’s the first Xmas for 67 years without my dear wife Mima and it hurts. However I know she would want me to make the best of things and that’s what I will do. So I’m off through to Middlesbrough to spend the day with Bobby, Claire, Meg and Jon-Paul.

White’s first post drew over 200 comments with readers sharing encouragement. His posts were also shared across Twitter and Facebook.

White was overwhelmed. This morning he let readers know he was the pulling the plug and left only the below post on his blog:

I have been overwhelmed by the vast amount of best wishes and encouragement. These have been much appreciated. However I am unable to manage responses on this scale especially at this time of recuperation. I regret I will no longer continue to blog as I wish to maximise my holiday time.

I wish everyone of you good health and happiness for 2013, thank-you so so much.

I’ve always advised you as a lawyer to blog on something that you’re passionate about, something that can fire your emotions.

Nothing comes close to the emotions and grief White feels after losing losing his wife, Mima, of 67 years.

But blogging, to me, is about sharing your emotions and feelings. If not on personal matters, why not on matters of the law, business, and current affairs?

Some of you will feel the need to hold your cards closer to the vest. At least offer insight, commentary, and a bit of what you’re thinking as you share word of legal developments.

For the many of you who want to be known as championing a position (yes, many of you can do it) wear a little heart on your sleeve in your blog. You’ll build a following.

Lawyers and law firms expect a blog following, but most are not willing to give of themselves in their blog.

Think about White as you move your blog into the new year. At 92 years and with the loss of his wife, he may serve as a lesson for you.

Image courtesy of Flickr by cygnus921.

Kevin O'Keefe
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Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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