Paper Blogs

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wpbot donncha is someone who blogs on the Internet
ketsugi o rly!
ketsugi as opposed to blogging on paper?
donncha yup
Kamigoroshi i tried blogging on paper once..
Kamigoroshi but no one commented..
donncha Kamigoroshi: lol. the good ol’ days?
ketsugi teehee
* ketsugi leaves a trackback on Kamigoroshi’s paper log
donncha actually, so did I, and I expect that blog will survive for a lot longer than my virtual one

Who will take care of your weblog after you’re gone?

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

21 thoughts on “Paper Blogs”

  1. My blogs (deliberate plural) are not meant to survive. As Shakespeare said, “all that’s past is prologue”. They are meant to be ephemeral.

    If I thought it was worth saving, I’d copy it somewhere else. 🙂

  2. Paper blogs? Bah! My mother made me a blog cake for my birthday earlier this year. It did not survive more than a day, as I recall…

    And unfortunately, she forgot the RSS biscuits so once again, no-one commented.

  3. Actually this came up in the forums a few months ago. We never did get an answer out of staff. I know with my hosting when we get an offical notice of death, we offer to the family to continue to host the site and pay for the domain for free as sort of a monument. Have about 2 dozen of those IIRC.

  4. I figure whoever gets my hosting business also gets to maintain my blog. Of course I expect it would be a lot easier for ’em if anyone but me knew the root password on my server…

  5. I actually have a will that states who gets all my passwords after I’m gone and how I would like to have it taken care off. You can’t be too sure can you. Then again…don’t a lot of people become famous AFTER they died?

  6. I agree. It would be just plain creepy to have new posts popping up after a person is gone.

    Although I guess if you have a fairly popular blog you could always use it as a cheap will. Just always have a post with the info dated two weeks or so in advance and update it before it gets posted each time.

  7. “Although I guess if you have a fairly popular blog you could always use it as a cheap will. Just always have a post with the info dated two weeks or so in advance and update it before it gets posted each time.”

    I’ve thought of that before, the only reason I don’t do it is the thought of ‘What if I forget’?

    So I think it would need a plugin….

    Fo ease of coding what follows the post might need to be held seperately to regular posts, relying on the plugin to copy it to the appropriate place in the database

    On each successful login, the date is automatically updated (to be N weeks after the last login). N would be customisable. (say, 4 weeks default)

    At a fixed time (three weeks default? this allows for a long holiday) before D-A-D (death announcement day), the plugin would email all the contact addresses which you’ve registered to it (‘are you dead?’ messages – it’d provide a link for you to follow if alive). It’d only send these to confirmed email addresses!

    These emails would be resent at intervals (user settable)

    At some other time (say, D-A-D minus 1 week by default) before D-A-D a post would be made to say ‘the owner of this website has not updated it in some time, and apologises for this – an explanation will come shortly’ (this serves to alert the owner via other means, rss, the website page etc – without alarming people if it’s a false alarm. The post might encourage people who know the owner personally to phone direct for an early explanation, thus either providing another alert, or allowing news to be broken in person)

    The default text of the post would be worded such that it on a subsequent login the reason could be ‘busy with work’ or something….

    Shortly before D-A-D, say 24 hours beforehand, the plugin would try the emails again, with very obvious subject lines demanding urgent action.

    Of course, all the times, alerts and posts would be customisable… And any login resets the clock! For a multiple user system, this’d be on a ‘per login’ basis (settable by the admin) – if offered, some users could switch it off.

    Nice extras: The plugin might provide some way for the blogger to specify ‘trusted users’ – who could receive emails D-A-D be imminent, and who would be trusted to amend the D-A-D message with exact circumstances of death or serious illness. These people would be told exactly how to do this in the email. The trusted users would be told of the OTHER trusted users so they co-ordinate. It may be possible to specify degrees of trust (e.g. trustworthy acquaintance who will do as asked, but is unlikely to get emotional – or trusted family member who may not want to go editing blog posts at a time of concern – the acquaintance can’t change the family member edits, but the family member can change the acquaintances)….

    Do you think, perhaps, that I’ve given this way too much thought?

  8. @Mark – I for one would use it. It would serve to allow other trusted people to provide some closure to those that just plain don’t know if anything has happened.

    So many of us now have relationships with people we have never met in the flesh, and likely never will. A plugin like this would be very handy.

    Of course a good paper blog (a.k.a. moleskine) would likely contain similar details for the immediate family to know where/how to proceed as well.

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