When I was 17, I read an article which contained an excerpt of alrighttit.blogspot.com and it was genuinely the funniest, wittiest, interesting blog that I'd ever come across. Not that I'd read many back then, but now, 4 or so years later, it still ranks high in blogs I'd look forward to for the next post.
This was actually the blog that encouraged me to start my own. I had no idea what to write, but it seemed like a good way to vent about everything CF, publicly posting it and seeing who it reaches, which has for me, given me some of the best friends I've known who've contacted me and we've struck up a friendship because of comments of emails that originated because of our blogs.
Admittedly, it doesn't seem to fit with the other blogs I usually read, which are written by CFers, or similar, whatever the content. This blog, written by Lisa Lynch, was about her journey through breast cancer, which at first was just to keep her family and friends updated on the news. Word got out about the blog and it became quite popular, getting reviews from famous people and even expanding to a book. The whole thing followed her diagnosis, treatment, and defeat of cancer. And it continued to follow her as she got back into her 'normal' life (if anyone actually has one of those). Sadly, it then transpired the cancer had come back. But the prognosis was good - whilst it wasn't going to be eradicated, there was still a good few years left on the clock. Then time seemed to speed up, the cancer went into her brain and bones, and those years turned into months.
Lisa passed away on Monday, and apparently true to form, exactly how she'd planned it.
I'm gutted, really. I never personally knew her, but I read every post, and I'd appreciate every comment she left on my own blog, and loved her way with words.
The blog is still to be continued, written by two of her friends, and she seems to have an uncanny ability to know people (as well as having the way with words herself) who have 'just' the knack for writing in a way that keeps you gripped, interested, laughing, crying and just generally absorbed and awaiting the next post.
So I'll continue to read, and love the blog as always.