Blogging reveals many things about the blogger to the readers. Blogging can reveal the most innermost thoughts of a person, things you wouldn’t even know of even as a friend of the blogger in real life.
The most personal thing you may not know is if the blogger dies.
Have been thinking about this issue for some time already, and even commented about it on a blog (in which the blogger experienced what is yet another near-death accident for him).
The blogging world is quite fickle. There are times when blogs are left un-updated for days and months, simply because the bloggers have suffered a blogging burnout, or they’ve just lost the interest shortly after joining the blogging bandwagon.
Maybe that one blog you keep visiting hoping for an update will never be updated because the blogger can’t blog anymore… ?
Can you imagine, a blog you’ve been reading since forever, knowing all the things about the blogger that his family probably doesn’t even realise, only to have the blogger mysteriously disappear without a trace, and you don’t know if it’s because he got plain bored with recording his life on the Internet or if he’s dead and couldn’t inform familiar strangers like you because, well, nobody familiar to him knows about the blog (much less the password obviously), so who could confirm if the blogger’s dead?
Death can come pretty unexpectedly. Have you considered leaving your blog in a will? Or how would you plan informing your blog readers of your death?
A Bloggers Prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep
All my passwords at my feet.
If I should die before I wake,
Blog for me, for heaven’s sake.