In a world where news comes miles per minute, it’s not always the fastest to hear news.
Years ago, I happened to come across a blog – We Work For Cheese – that was prepping for a writing challenge. That had been what I was searching for, so I joined in. And, for a few years, I participated in said challenge until it ended.
During that time, I had the chance to get to know the owners of the site/curators of the challenge. Nicky was one of them.
Witty and sharp, she was a fun blogger to read and speak with. And being not far from Montreal, you knew she was automatically OK in my book considering my love affair with that city.
Over the years, I had lost normal contact with her. I’d drop her an e-mail here and there to say hi. Way back when, when I used to try to get to Montreal each year, we had plans meet with the two founders of the website over poutine and beer.
Unfortunately, that trip never happened.
Last year, she posted about cancer coming back and how she was battling that. Every once in a while, I’d pop to the blog to see if she had any updates. There hadn’t been any.
Then I came across a blog post from another blogger who was close to Nicky. In Ziva’s post, she talked about meeting Nicky and her memories. I realized then that Nicky had passed away this past March. News doesn’t always trickle down fast, if you don’t see the same blogs.
The blogging world is a crazy and strange place. The people you meet can become fun internet friends, or an acquaintance you read once or twice and move on. Maybe you meet people at a blogging conference, or for a drink, or at a game. But the blogging world is interesting for sure. Some people stick out more than others.
Nicky’s writing style was fun and she was a pleasure to interact with. Because I haven’t made my normal blog rounds in a few months, I didn’t realize Nicky had passed. I have since read several beautiful tributes to her by KZ, Dufus, and Linda.
Though the poutine meetup never happened, Nicky was always a fun and interesting blogger to interact with, be it through comments or e-mail. It was sad news to read, though reading the posts about her made me realize just how much she meant to so many people.
She will be missed.
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