Today I had two experiences, each involving a blog. First, I read a post in a blog today that gave easy steps and advice on “How to write a blog”. The second was visiting a friend’s blog and seeing the last entry was in September. One was to encourage you to write a blog, the other was the remnants of a blog.
The Blog Purgatory
We churn out new blogs at the rate of 1.4 each second ( compared to 4.4 babies born per second, we are still more interested in sex rather than writing). How many of those are kept up past a few months? I am guessing very few. So what we have are blogs floating out there willy nilly, lost in the webosphere, stuck in this purgatory that sits between read and ignored. What will happen to them? Not much, they will just sit there lonely, with a few words to give it some soul but not much else. Very few of us are that famous that even when googled, strangers will read it regardless of it’s past due date.
Blog Limbo or as I Call It Blimbo
This is where blogs go when they are not quite established but have one or two posts. This blog was started on a whim and what was posted was usually a potpourri of wild thoughts and ramblings. A large percentage of them are “Break Up” blogs. Listed are the sins of the antagonist and the heroic efforts of the protagonist to get a life.
Another group is the Life Change blog, pregnancy, health issues, job change, and once the transition is made, the blog is abandoned because it reminded them of a past life and was not relevant anymore.
Some blogs come back to life because the writer has found renewed vigor in writing again, or they became famous (or infamous) and the blog is used as insight to their lives. Other ways that blogs come back from the dead vaults, is when someone makes a comment. The fact that someone read your post from last year and commented spurs you to write a new post hoping they will come back again. Much like a lonely hot dog stand, by selling that one hot dog you are energized to spiff up your stand and say “bring a friend with you next time”. But first you have to remember what your log-in and password is, “now where did I write that down….?”
Dead blogs flit through the internet like minute particle bits in rays of sunlight. They meander and float, finally to come to rest in a dusty layer with all the other blogs. We forget about them, or when we do think of them, we don’t visit because it reminds us of days gone by and best forgotten. But unlike the corporal world when we pass on, we are really gone; blogs other hand are in a stasis limbo where they exist and can be resurrected. They will never die, maybe you will hit that “Delete This Blog” button thinking they will then disappear and go to Blog Heaven – not quite – they will lived cached somewhere nonetheless in a piecemeal way like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.
Blogs are our Epitaphs, the verse that records our mortality. These words written by us are our brief expressions of our time in this world, therefore we must hesitate for that one moment when we decide to create a Blog. Is this what I want to be remembered as? Are these the words that I want to be wrapped in? As easy as it is to start a blog, it is harder to live by and live down the words that we write. Lastly, our own hand is the weapon we wield against the shield we hold in the other.