Purgatory

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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.

The Zomblog

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….?”

The Afterlife

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.

Epitaph

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.

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  • Wow, I have never seen a blog that is so 'scientific' :)

  • Haha! I believe what you've said are true. People are still interested in sex than writing, of course it is because it is a daily human need =P

  • Hmmm..I think Twitter needs to have a better way of organizing tweets, cuz I have missed the Good Morning ones, I'll have to check thru the postings.

    I sent it to you. and remember "shhhhh, be vewy quiet, its my secret blog." :-)

  • great post. thank you.

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  • Bob M

    Many bloggers are zombloggers I believe. They quit because they are not making money, and then they decide to come back.

  • realy this is beauti ful place

  • When researching a topic, I have come across many abandon blogs. I also think when you commit the words, there is a responsibility and we can be known to run from ourselves, to not claim that moment in time.

  • very interesting post.i liked it

  • True, true, true. When researching a topic, I have come across many abandon blogs. I also think when you commit the words, there is a responsibility and we can be known to run from ourselves, to not claim that moment in time. I have a blog, I write it anonymously...crazy? Yep! I want to be as honest as can be without having other thoughts enter my head, so far I am keeping it alive and have not had to resuscitate it. Nice piece

  • You have inspired me to post to my blog. I have no idea how long it will last, but I will give it some love for now. Thanks!

  • I always start my blogs with gusto and visions of greatness then once the excitement dies off I always end up abandoning the project and suffer guilt and anxiety several months down the line... :(

  • I'm a bit of a zomblogger. I always feel so guilty when I need to write an apology post explaining where I've been for the past month. I was never good at keeping a diary—that whole writing every day bit didn't sit well with me.

  • I'm always playing with the idea of starting a blog, but I know I'll be in Blimbo before I know it, so I'll give up before I start!

  • I could be considered a blog bimdo as I am just learning.

  • Alas, I've started about a dozen blogs and have to admit that I doomed one to purgatory. Just one though. The others chug along thanks to my relentless desire to specifically not damn more blogs to purgatory...well, it's more than just that...Also have a "blimbo" blog, but we won't even go there.

  • This post just inspired me to tear down my blog and start a new one. As a person that used to blog a lot, life happens and I let it get the best of me. It is time to return to my wordpress and start churning out good, quality blogs.

  • I love your comparison between blogs and babies.

    And it is faster to create a baby than a blog :-)

  • Rachel

    Yeah, I wonder about all those thoughts floating around in the cyber ether.

  • Great post, Ophelia. I'm now compelled to take one more look, what epitaph I am leaving for myself, on my blog, listless in the wind right now. Set the ship back on a new course, or cut it free to sail and meet its end, somewhere out there on the waters? Hmmm

  • hey yeah! update that blog missy! or maybe do a new theme, like repainting an old room to freshen it up and post a few images to begin. then write something. :O) thanks for visiting!

    :O) ophelia

  • It sounds interesting experiments in daily life!!!!

  • I also think when you commit the words, there is a responsibility and we can be known to run from ourselves, to not claim that moment in time.

  • You are so right. Before the internet you could take responsibility for only what other people could remember, and that is a small circle, now with the access we have to "search" we can find out just about anything, if it's posted. This generation has no qualms about posting, and they don't see it coming back to haunt them.

    If we revisit our words and write about our progress, it would be a way of healing.

    Thank you so much for commenting and visiting. :O) Your words have added to this post.

    :O)
    ophelia
    ophelia

  • Bloggers write about their daily lives, whether we read it or not isn't really important. I believe that writing is a way to get your thoughts on "paper" and in that way you can work through the issues confronting you everyday.

    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. :O)
    ophelia

  • Love this post - something I have been thinking about lots, recently as I wanted to blog a book I have been writing, and also to support interactivity on a site I'm starting (very badly, at present) to try to bring together local support services locally. I didn't want to start, and then just.... faaaaade.. awayyyyy ... I know myself: I know about procrastinating, and being too perfectionist, trying too hard to start and then running out of steam.. You could probably never run out of blogging on dead blogs though - this is a good source of material - like being a funeral director, basically! Anyhow, very nicely written and eloquent.... Don't fade away Ophelia, or get thee someplace else...

  • Dear HampshireHelp,

    Thank you. :O)

    There has to be a book with snippets of the best and worst blogs. The blog explosion reminds of the Gold Rush, every ran out and got a shovel and pick and hoped to strike gold. Blogs are easier because you won't accidentally blow yourself up with TNT or fall down a hole. But they can come back and bite you.

    There should be a blog clean-up day, you spend an hour deleting or refreshing your blog. If you do it, I will too. You first. Oh okay, right after this latte. And after I watch "House", then we will go clean up the blogs.

    :O) thanks so much for commenting and visiting. your kind words go a very long way.
    :O)
    ophelia

  • Both the blogs are indeed very thought provoking:) I like the last one more, It is very rightly said that our words are the echoes left in this world while we pass by:)

  • Thank you CHC,

    I have my moments. :O)

    So many echoes out there. And they will be bouncing back and forth forever.

    Thanks for commenting and visiting. :O) Ophelia

  • In my blog I have a tutorial on how to make a blog with Wordpress. Three years ago i had to stop updating my blog (at the time i was using a cms called Mambo ..nothing in comparison to Wordpress). I started updating my blog again (and changed the blog platform) last year. During that year where I left the blog by itself do you know what happened? it was spammed, hacked, violated, and stained in all possible ways.So from a limbo-blog it became a zoobie sending spams to other blogs. Can you imagine me after one year, when I opened my blog again???...Zap! it was like being stubbed in my heart!
    The wisest thing to do was to put it offline of course. That's was a lesson for me!

  • Dear Web Talk,

    Thanks for mentioning that. And with all that spam comments with links, it gives the spammers a place to park their links forever. Wow.

    You know this is a great topic for another post. How the zombie blogs are used to further the reach of spam. It really is the "walking dead"

    thanks for the great insight and for your story. amazing!
    :O)
    ophelia

  • Ophelia, I was wondering how often you have experiments in your daily life? Is it daily or it comes in sudden? lol

  • Experiments? Like mixing coffee and tea? Or when I start writing about something that pops in my head? The latter happens everyday. Whether its compelling is another question. :O))

    Thanks for coming by and commenting Wilson. :O)) ophelia

  • ...

    Blogger ( 'the poor man's blog platform' ...a tagline they are too snooty to advertise with... ) has an interesting feature: the [Next Blog] link at the top of their hosted blogs.

    I find it endlessly fascinating to click and click and click on those links. I have discovered a few interesting blogs, many 'Limbo blogs', and a few very strange blogs through using it. At least one is on my blogroll and I have blogged about others. ( And I hate comment areas that do not inform about allowed HTML )

    Anyway . . .interesting thoughts.

    ...tom...
    .

  • Hello Tom
    I wonder if anyone has ever done a survey of abandoned blogs. I mean there are millions out there. Is there a way to filter through them and choose the best bits, like PostSecret? There must be some winners out there.

    Thanks for commenting. :O)= ophelia

  • Hallo Ophelia,

    So many of my favorite blogs (mostly illustrator blogs) have died. No warning, just poof, gone.

    I'm a bit of a zomblogger. I always feel so guilty when I need to write an apology post explaining where I've been for the past month. I was never good at keeping a diary—that whole writing every day bit didn't sit well with me.

    Making new drawings. Hopefully, will post again soon.

    As always, I love when you post, where ever you post, you polygamic-blogger, you.

  • Hi emily,
    Awshucks. I wonder how many sites that I've bookmarked are gone? It's sad to see some haven't updated in the last year, just sort of floating out there rudderless.

    You blog more than most. And I love your artwork.

    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, you are a good friend,
    Ophelia

  • Tracy

    True, true, true. When researching a topic, I have come across many abandon blogs. I also think when you commit the words, there is a responsibility and we can be known to run from ourselves, to not claim that moment in time. I have a blog, I write it anonymously...crazy? Yep! I want to be as honest as can be without having other thoughts enter my head, so far I am keeping it alive and have not had to resuscitate it. Nice piece

  • Amazing how many are out there. It takes time and its hard to come up with something to write about at times. That's interesting you write anon. on your own blog. Now that's a subject for a posting. :O)

    thanks for visiting and commenting, it is appreciated and not taken for granted. :O)
    ophelia

  • Tracy

    It is amazing! I think it would be great to sort of organize the blogs in the way you have, in a way so that when you do a search it gives you some indication if it is alive or RIP.

    If you need material for the subject of anon blogs, let me know(I also trust you personally,I know that you could see it and not judge). At some point I may not be anon, but a lot of what I write is really from heart/soul & anonymously I can sustain the purity in expressing. Some of my stuff is just boring too.

    Love your writing! I miss your good mornings and good evenings on Twitter.

  • The Good Morning tweets are up there, just early in the am. :O)

    Send me the link to the blogs. :O)

  • Tracy

    Hmmm..I think Twitter needs to have a better way of organizing tweets, cuz I have missed the Good Morning ones, I'll have to check thru the postings.

    I sent it to you. and remember "shhhhh, be vewy quiet, its my secret blog." :-)

  • Creative analogies!

    And what about immortal blogs?

  • You are the best one to judge so launch your research right away!

    Amber

  • Alas, I've started about a dozen blogs and have to admit that I doomed one to purgatory. Just one though. The others chug along thanks to my relentless desire to specifically not damn more blogs to purgatory...well, it's more than just that...Also have a "blimbo" blog, but we won't even go there.

  • Immortal blogs? hmmm. aren't they all? Or are you talking about the prize blog that lives on Mt.Blogympus? :O)

    thanks for visiting and commenting.:O))))
    ophelia

  • Hi, I like your post. I was searching for the same. You have included everything in your blog but you can improve it a little bit.

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