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How do you feel when you come back to fluther after a "long" period, say, a week?

Asked by seazen (6113points) January 18th, 2011

And define long. For me it’s a week.

I used to be on all the time – perhaps too much. Now I am hardly on, and absent for a week (or more) at a time – and I must say it feels strange to log on. The PM’s from friends here remind me that it’s still my internet home and community – but it does feel a little weird nonetheless.


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marinelife's avatar

Sometimes it feels weird to me even when I have not been away.

But yes, you do get into a rhythm with daily log ons.

Cruiser's avatar

Welcome back @seazen!! I see you have changed your affiliation while you are away and you are now with the Federation of Bob! Congrats!

Kayak8's avatar

Never gone long enough to notice!

wilma's avatar

I feel like I am out of the loop. I try to catch up and get comfortable with all of you again.
I missed you @seazen

seazen's avatar

Thanks! Muah.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I left for 4 days when my mom had brain surgery (she’s fine, BTW) and I felt overwhelmed by all the catch up. How the hell did you guys survive without me for that long????

mrentropy's avatar

I was gone for a month and I was immediately annoyed when I came back. Now I check in a couple of times a day, maybe, unless I’m specifically waiting for a response.

Judi's avatar

I left for a few months and came back to so many new faces. Felt a little out of the loop. I wondered if some of the new people were going “Who the heck is that? How can someone have 20k lurve and me not know who the heck they are?”

seazen's avatar

Someone hijacking lily’s account and posting question is freaky. Never seen that here before.

wilma's avatar

Is it lily or an impostor?

seazen's avatar

Someone is using her account – that question is not her’s.

janbb's avatar

I find when I am not on much for a period of time or just checking in briefly, I get out of the rhythm of it. I still care about my peeps but I look at the list of questions and think “Why bother?” It’s very odd.

P.S. Wondered where you were, boychik.

seazen's avatar

Hi Bubs – missed you. :-)

erichw1504's avatar

It feels nice to come back and see what everyone’s been up to and how many questions are waiting for me in my queue.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I haven’t taken an extended break from Fluther apart from when I went on holiday for a week last year. I like to try and log on daily if possible to keep my “questions for you” down to a minimum otherwise I feel overwhelmed. I also like to take part in discussions that interest me while the question is still fairly fresh. Obviously if I can’t log on, it’s not the end of the world but I can’t imagine deliberately feeling the need to take a break for a long amount of time in the near future.

Jude's avatar

It usually feels good for me to take a break. When I come back, I love diggin’ right in. :)

I would say that the longest break for me was a few weeks. That’s the longest that I could go without logging in, haa! “I’m addicted to you, baby.. You’re a hard habit to breeaaaaak”.

Good to see, Zen.

partyparty's avatar

The only time I have been away for any length of time is when I go on holiday.
I love catching up with what has been going on, PM’s from people etc.
In fact when I have been on holiday I actually miss logging on very sad I know LOLL

wundayatta's avatar

I usually feel unsure. Sometimes I’d wonder if anyone would remember me. I’m sure that sound pathetic. But usually I get back and it’s as if I was never away.

augustlan's avatar

What is this “time away” you speak of? ;)
Welcome back, Zen.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@seazen : Welcome back! I define a long time as the length you’ve been away.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

NOw for me that school has started and is taking over my life. Facebook, Youtube and Fluther are always on HOLD…. but mostly Fluther. I mean I do sign in daily most of the times but it kind of seems like theres nothing interesting to do and so I just sign out :/
But now I will try to contribute everyday.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ve never been away for days at a time. Hours, while I’m sleeping, is about all I’ve managed. I hate when I come back and find more than 30 questions in my Questions for You section.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@janbb said it exactly…I feel out of the rhythm and….everything she just said. It takes a good 45 minutes to get back in to the rhythm and remember why paper towels and plants were SO important at one time!

Uh… @wundayatta…trust me…no one could forget you! And I mean that in a good way! :)

Zen—are you serious about Lilly? What is the question?

GracieT's avatar

I’m leaving the country for later this year. I’m going on a computer cruise, however. So without being able to be online as much, I’ll still be able to be online occasionally. I guess I won’t really have to do without, just be online less often.

wundayatta's avatar

@Dutchess_III Actually, I do have some experience with this. I was on another web site, and after being away for a year or so, it turns out that many of them forgot me. Granted, I kept changing my name and avatar, so many people couldn’t even keep up with me, but still… it is certainly possible. And more and more likely as time goes by without you being around.

It’s a fact of life. If you’re not around, people tend to forget you, and when they do think of you, it’s a momentary thought. There are probably only a few people in any person’s life that that person will actively remember until they day they die.

Judi's avatar

@wundayatta; who could forget daloon?

wundayatta's avatar

@Judi I know, I know. Hard to believe. And yet, it does happen! At least it has happened with respect to former identities, especially when my daloon avatar wasn’t my avatar.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I won’t forget you @wundayatta! And yeah..who could forget daloon! Whatever happened to him? You know, it took me the longest time to figure out what his avatar was…......wait….are you daloon, @wundayatta?

wundayatta's avatar

@Dutchess_III is that a serious question, or are you just messing with me? Yes, the two are the same and I am a completely other person who seems to be infested by any number of these nits that some think are wits.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes it was a serious question!!

Aethelwine's avatar

Today is my first day with internet since mid December. I have much catching up to do (almost 200 activity for me and over 800 questions for me, phew!). I’m so excited that my hands are shaking. I’m tempted to grab a beer to celebrate and calm me down. Is that terrible, or what!? ;)

JilltheTooth's avatar

Welcome back, glad you’ve got cyber access again!

janbb's avatar

@jonsblond So happy to see you back again!

Aethelwine's avatar

Thank you ladies. I sure did miss everyone. :)

seazen's avatar

Again I was away away for a whole week – only to return to these lovely comments in my thread – thanks Jake and Auggie and Jude et al – nice to be missed. Muah.

augustlan's avatar

Now would you people quit leaving us? We miss you when you’re gone!

JilltheTooth's avatar

@augustlan: he just does that so all the girls will get goopy.

wundayatta's avatar

And the guys? What are we? Chopped liver?

Get it? Chopped liver? Goop? Never mind.

GracieT's avatar

Well, If the shoe fits…

(sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

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