Custom Tombstone Maker
Know what? You wouldn't even know I'm already pushing daisies when you read this because I schedule a lot of my posts in advance. Including this one. Don't worry though, I'm still alive and kicking. Then again, maybe I just thought I would be.
(Dark) fun aside, there are plenty of reasons why some bloggers stop posting from one day to the next. Fortunately the usual suspects are in most cases real life getting in the way or maybe boredom setting in. Death of a blogger? Certainly another reason and I couldn't honestly say that I'd know of any examples in which that has been the case. Sometimes bloggers will let readers know they won't continue blogging, then they don't. And it's the latter case which got me thinking that it's not so unlikely that tragedy strikes and puts an end to the person behind a blog.
When one of my Facebook friends died just recently, people would comment on her profile page, transforming it into a book or rather wall of condolences. Not so say it freaked me out, but it sure gave me a weird feeling in my stomach. A common friend had posted about the death, so yes, we all knew why she no longer posted anything herself. I don't know whether her profile will get closed down, though I'm fairly sure that relatives can request this through Facebook somehow. For the time being the her page is now a shrine visited by friends. And yes, I do understand the need as it helps those left behind to come to terms with the loss, yet I must admit I "unfriended" her a little later myself. Maybe if we had been close friends and not just loosely known each other over mutual friends, I mightn't have done this. I really don't know.
My point is that in times of Social Media sites being a big part in many people's lives, it shouldn't come as such a big surprise that some profiles and/or pages may stay as dead as their creators when they unexpectedly die. I have no idea how many people even think about this possibility, because obviously it is there! One day you get hit by a car and that is that. End of story. Literally.
So what to do? It's up to each and everyone, really. Some might want their profiles on Facebook or similar sites to stay while other's don't. Would I want my Facebook page to become a shrine? Not really. But how about my blog then? Alright, I would want that one to remain, then again that's just my Ego talking. I guess I'd have a friend post about my demise and have her close the blog after a certain amount of time. Good thing I know a few people who actually know how to navigate on Blogger, eh? Now to find a trusty soul who I can share my login data with ...
What a depressing post, I know. But I really do believe that we should be aware of this eventuality and thus give some thought to how we'd like things to be handled - just in case. Never hurts to be prepared, worst case scenario and all.
What are your thoughts on all of this? Have you ever contemplated the possibility of death and its consequences regarding your online presence? If so, maybe you've even made arrangements for such a scenario? Do you know of any blogs which suddenly didn't get updated anymore and where you later found out it was because the blogger had died? Please share.