Saturday, May 15, 2010

Unsolved Mystery

I'm sure most all of you are aware by now of the bizarre disappearance of A Daring Adventurer, aka Kolbi, considering other, more-widely read bloggers already commented on the noticeable absence.

We've all come accustomed to letting ADA to all of the hard groundwork for us during the week as she compiled lengthy Friday reports of what every active foreign service blogger was sharing that week. If ADA does not return, this will be a service that will be sorely missed.

But even more than that, ADA made this blogging ring feel more like a community as her weekly roundups did a great job of bringing other bloggers to light but each other's web sites. I think it is safe to say that we all hope whatever happened was only a temporary set back and ADA will be up and running again soon, for purely selfish reasons.

It is worth noting all peculiar the sudden disappearance of such a well respected blog was. Not only did Friday come and go without the weekly update, but the ADA web site is gone altogether including past submissions. As others have noted, her e-mail address, which was connected to that web site, returns e-mails as undeliverable.

What also makes this abrupt ending so bizarre (even more bizarre than the ending of Sopranos) is that no one had any reason to suspect the end of ADA up to Wednesday at least, as she put out her regular call for submissions for the Friday round up. I had exchanged a couple of e-mails with her on Wednesday to talk about learning Mandarin as I had told her I took a few years in college and, as we know, she and her family will be posted in China.

If you are reading this, Kolbi, we hope you and your family are well, and we hope for the return of your blog. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to re-continue blogging, please know we all thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the grand rounds.


  1. David, do you know where they will be in China? Just curious because Sam's brother, sister-in-law, and nephew are moving to Beijing at the end of the summer for 3-4 years or so. I hope you solve your mystery.

  2. I second that! I'm totally weirded out and hoping we hear from her soon.

  3. ADA really did create a virtual community by tying together so many separate blogs with the weekly rounds. That loss will be deeply felt.

    I've got to respect Kolbi's decision to delete her blog, but I hope she'll find another internet forum in the future.

  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  5. I too am sad and concerned...