The constant commenter has not been commenting these days.
WordPress’s most prolific guest poster isn’t sending out posts to any of his regular places, either.
There’s been a hole in BloggyVille where Paul Curran’s words are supposed to be shining, waxing, tickling, educating.
A few of us who’ve regularly hit the publish button to allow the friendly Canadian to share his thoughts with so many are concerned.
Willow, of Willowdot21 over in the U.K., reported that he never sent over his regular Sunday Cuppa column to her for Nov. 8, and that was after he said he was too ill to write his Nov. 1 piece.
Cordelia’s Mom confirms that she hasn’t heard from him either.
The latest guest blog I’ve found is Paul’s lovely piece on driving truck Mama Mick Terry published on Nov. 9. However, Paul did not reply to any of the 30 comments left by her readers. And he always replies to each and every person who takes the time to leave thoughts on his writing.
So that’s a concern.
I’ve been trying to figure out why.
From years with working with Paul, we know a few things. Paul writes his and corresponds on an old laptop. So we’re hoping that the answer is as simple as a busted laptop that his limited disability budget won’t yet allow him to replace. That could also explain the unanswered emails of concern.
But we also know of his weekly dialysis treatments and past medical battles. That frightens me enough that I’ve Googled his name and hometown of Ottawa. There was not a worse-case scenario hit there, thankfully. I’ve also called the biggest hospital in Canada’s capital and been told he’s not an in-patient. They would not confirm anything about possible extended dialysis treatments, however.
Unfortunately, our WordPress friendship did not go past emails. I don’t know if Paul has a phone, landline or cell, and searching his name finds no hits in the Ottawa white pages anyway.
Willow, Cordelia’s Mom and I are hoping that perhaps the right folks sharing our concern — and this post — might turn over the right rock and somehow alert Paul to our concern.
Linda G. Hill up there in eastern Canada, do you know anybody in Ottawa who might help the cause by you sharing?
Hey Ottawa Citizen Our Town reporters, you’ve got an Ottawa citizen who’s a much-loved international blogger and a terrific story, if you can find him.
So, Paul, if this reaches you somehow, here’s a message. If your problem is no laptop and short funds, I’m sure a few dozen of us who dearly miss your words would pitch in to help you get going again.
If you lost your contacts because your old laptop crashed, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re ill and can have somebody else reach out to let us know, please do. People care. We’ll rally to help in any way we can.
We miss you, good sir.
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