My Dearest Fairy Friends,
I want to start by apologizing. After reading Sarah Diamondswirl’s blog last week and mulling it over, I want to be honest with myself and admit that I’ve been neglecting my blog more and more over the last several months…
It’s not intentional. I’m not planning to abandon my blog or delete it. No worries there.
The problem is now that Pixie Hollow has been closed for nearly 1 year (closed September 19, 2013), there is less and less to post about…no new fashions, no new games or shops, no events taking place, no visits from the Famous Fairies…
When Pixie Hollow was open, I always had something to post about – even if it was just a summary of the Never News. For me, sharing the latest news and secret codes were important, because they were relevant. Current.
I think many of us bloggers have held back from posting, because we don’t have any news…at least not Pixie Hollow-related. Sure, there are always rumors spreading about the hollow, but I refuse to post about any rumor unless there’s a legit source to back it up. Some hard proof. Otherwise, they’re just lies, and these lies build false hope only to hurt people in the end.
Yes, we could all just post memories of Pixie Hollow, but for me it’s a really painful experience. The reality sinks in and upsets me all over again. It’s too fresh. Too emotional. I’m not saying that I’ll never post memories again, but I’m explaining why I don’t do it more often.
When I found out Pixie Hollow was closing, I was devastated. Pixie Hollow was my life, and I was willing to do whatever it took to keep it from closing. I even started the Pixie Salvation Soldiers to make fairies aware that their voices needed to be heard in order to keep the hollow from closing. Sadly, there just wasn’t enough time to get enough fairies involved for Disney to take notice. Pixie Hollow still closed, as scheduled, and several of us took to contacting Disney directly for answers…and to plead with them.
Several emails, calls, and letters later, I started losing hope on Pixie Hollow reopening. I was getting the same response over and over again about how Disney had no plans to bring Pixie Hollow back but to try their other apps or games instead -_-
I was so lost and depressed after Pixie Hollow’s closure. I think like many of you, I finally began to accept the fact that Pixie Hollow was not coming back anytime soon, so I busied myself with other things to keep my mind off of the fate of my beloved hollow…
Although I’m not posting on my blog as much as I used to, I still moderate all my blog’s comments and check all my fairy friends’ blogs nearly every single day. I may not always have time to comment, but I “Like” the posts so the authors know I read them, and then I try to come back when I have more time and comment. It’s not a flawless system, but I hope it shows them that I still care.
I still really do miss Pixie Hollow. Terribly. I think about it everyday. I miss everything about the hollow, I miss my friends, and I miss reading the posts from other pixie bloggers. Many of the pixie bloggers have stopped posting and commenting, and some have even abandoned their blogs and seemed to have disappeared altogether. This really saddens me :-(
At the suggestion of a brilliant reader of my blog, I created the LAFF service, because so many fairies had lost their friends and needed help finding them outside of Pixie Hollow. It has been helpful for some fairies, but I think it could be more successful if more fairies talked about it in blogs, forums, and other websites. I can only do so much alone…
Aren’t we all still friends? Don’t we all still care about each other?
I’m telling you right now – I care. I cared then, I care now, and I will continue to care into the future.
Pixie Hollow may be gone, but that doesn’t mean our friendships have to end. We need to keep communicating!
Let’s all pledge to rekindle our fairy friendships and re-strengthen our community by making our presence known.
If you’re a blogger – make an effort to post more often. I’m not asking you to post daily, but set a goal and try to stick with it. Tell your readers your goal and let them hold you accountable. Even short, meaningful posts are better than no posts at all. Show your readers that you care about them.
If you’re a reader – make an effort to “Like” and comment more often. Even a simple “Hi! How are you?” now and then is better than silence. Be encouraging. Be positive. Be a FRIEND.
I pledge to do all the above – as both a blogger and a reader of other blogs. I’ll be posting again soon with my goals :-)