This is a rather morbid post, but what with my toe hurting like a sonofabitch and the possibility of getting run over by a delinquent footy player in Bruce, I thought I would write some thoughts down…about…
DEATH & BLOGS
Because they had future dated the blog entry (as you can do in WordPress) to appear on a certain date.
This particular post had been pre-written as a self penned eulogy. However, it was more of an ambiguously worded post about new directions. The idea was, that she would keep pushing the future date forward while she could, but if she couldn’t get on to the Internet to push forward the date any more, it would mean one thing, that her lung cancer had won.
It made me sad, but it made me think.
What happens to all those bloggers out there if they happen to up and die one day? Car Accident, crazed Axe murderer, Brain Hemorrhage. How would we know?
I mean, bloggers up and leave their blogs all the time. According to the Gartner Group there are over 200 million abandoned blogs. Sure, usually they will leave one final post saying they’ve had enough, run out of muse or their partner found out about it and gave them an ultimatum, but sometimes they just …. disappear.
So where’d they go? What happened? Will they be back? We eagerly scan our feeds and blogs every day, trying to share in the lives of fellows bloggers, and if something were to happen to one of them, it’s like the last page of the book has been torn out. WE NEED TO KNOW!
Here’s what I propose. Leave a pre-written post about what might have happened (ie. Pauline Hanson’s “If you’re watching this, it means I have been murdered” video) with a loved one, a trusted friend (with access to your blog), or future date it like Huniii did. There was even an episode of My Name is Earl recently, where Earl had to chat to all the friends of an Internet Geek who died suddenly to let them know he had died. That was of course a nice gesture by our friend Earl Hickey, but most people wouldn’t have others that could do that for them, or even thought about asking them.
Isn’t it time you wrote about what you want people to see when you die?