Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blogging and the Inevitable

An interesting article on the "tens of millions of deceased people who still remain alive in cyberspace" — And to my dear son, I leave my blog.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I've been blogging for seven years and think about this issue from time to time. My family and "offline" friends don't really care that I blog, so my account will probably stay up forever--and I don't really mind. But in the event of a sudden death, there won't be any way to tell my readers why I've suddenly grown silent. And that makes me a little sad. I've been engaged in dialogue with some of them for years, but my family won't know how to notify them. Perhaps I should just write a will . . .

Anyway, I know people say that these online relationships aren't truly real. But I think I've lived online as much as offline since I started blogging, and I wouldn't want to leave anyone wondering where I disappeared to.

Okay, end of morbid, melancholic monologue! =P

10:44 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

My thoughts exactly. Maybe you remember Gerard Serafin of A Catholic Blog for Lovers, whose death was announced in the comboxes.

If my posts ever cease without announcement, please assume the worst and pray for my soul.

10:51 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

And If my posts ever cease without announcement, please assume I've reincarnated into luminiferous aether or some other cyberspace nom de plume.

Or check my facebook. I'll announce my death over there along with a various offers of help from the other side as inducements to pray for me.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


LTG's comment reminds me of those e-mail services people can subscribe to if they believe in the Rapture. You have to log on every few days or so, because failing to do so means that everyone in your address book will be forwarded a pre-written e-mail explaining the Rapture and what those "left behind" have to do in order to be saved.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

If your blog ceases to be active, I will merely assume that a high-altitude nuclear detonation has occurred over your location -- generating a massive EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) -- knocking out all electrical activity in your area.

You should also be aware that such an event -- the sudden "death" of your blog -- will automatically trigger a flight of nuclear-armed submarine-based missiles to various targets around the world. Below is a partial list of the targets:

Blasdell, NY (Ground Zero is Blasdell Pizza...why not?)

San Francisco, CA (Ground Zero is the apartment of a certain Irish-Italian-American fellow in the North Beach -- yes, Italian! -- district...)

Feel free to add to the list...if you so desire...

1:54 PM  

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