If you’re at all morbid then you probably already know that this year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but did you also know that 2016 is the 3,770th anniversary (approximately) of the Codes of Hammurabi? No? Me neither until I looked it up on Wikipedia.
‘What’s that all about then?’ I hear you cry! Well, it’s one of the first forms of law, this being a set of 282 rather bloody edicts from the ancient Near East. Most of the penalties involve death, mutilation or money – according the severity of the offense and the status of the individuals involved.
None of this has anything to with what I really want to talk about here, which is: why people leave forums or blogs.
So – here are a few reasons, partly culled from my painstaking research (I read a couple of other blogs) but mostly from my own thoughts (yep – I thunked about it):
- You fall in love with somewhere else.
- There’s too much fussing and fighting where you are.
- Most of your friends have already left.
- The rules seem to be too arbitrary and unfair.
- There’s one plonker that’s making your life a misery.
- You’ve learned all you can from that place.
- You can learn more from another place.
- People just don’t like what you have to offer.
- You did something that you are ashamed of.
- et cetera et cetera (I wonder what the English is for that?)
Actually, it might be none of the above that make you want to change position, but this would be a great subject for a research paper – this seems to be a dramatically under-researched area. Mostly it’s a question of it just being the natural time to go. We all seem to have some kind of biological clock or spooky sense that tells us it’s time to move from one thing to another, whether it’s from a state of grieving to a state of joy, or from one place of residence to another, or even from one life to the next.
Life’s just one big field of movement and change – it’s inevitable that you’ll be swept up in it. I guess the trick is to move before you get evicted.
What changes have you chosen to make today?