I dreamed last night that I had just gotten a "months to live" diagnosis, and that Paul was dealing with it by listing aloud all the things I should not have to tolerate in that short time ("We are NOT using the box fan, we will leave the air conditioning on ALL THE TIME! And don't do the dishes, ever! And..."), and I was dealing with it by composing a blog post in my head. I was trying to find a way to write it that wasn't overly dramatic, but it's a little difficult to convey that kind of information non-dramatically, since it IS INHERENTLY VERY DRAMATIC.
Anyway. Back when our cat Benchley died and I was having lots of death-related thoughts, there were requests for a discussion on what we would do about our blogs if we died---i.e., would we have someone post the news? or what? I'm in exactly the right kind of morbid mood to discuss that this morning.
I'll tell you MY plan: I put a note in my "In Case of Death" folder that requests a survivor to please put a post here and on the baby names blog. Because I think it would be weird and alarming if a blogger just...disappeared. I've noticed that if people don't blog/Twitter for even a few days, other people will be saying, "Hey, anyone heard from....?" If that went on longer, and if emails to the person weren't answered, I think people would get quite worked up and might even try to take action: I remember in a similar situation awhile back, people were comparing notes on Twitter and asking for re-tweets to see if anyone knew the blogger's address so someone could CALL THE POLICE.
So. It seems like it would be better/easier to have a family member do a post, and I would CERTAINLY CERTAINLY CERTAINLY want to know if a blogger I'd been reading for years DIED. (Furthermore, I'd want INFORMATION---not just a death announcement, but information on what on earth HAPPENED.)
This plan would be more challenging, of course, with a secret blog. I think if I were in that situation, I would give my log-in info to a very trusted blog friend (or perhaps to an in-person friend I wouldn't mind reading my blog, if the blog was really just secret from FAMILY), and then add the friend's name to a list (also in the "In Case of Death" folder) of friends to be notified if I died. I'd arrange with that blog friend that if she got an email from my family, she should post the news on my blogs.
If you have a blog, would you want someone to post the news on your blog? And for everyone (I was going to say "And if you READ blogs..."---but, er, that would be all of us since we are ALL READING THIS): what would you want to see happen, if a blogger died? Do you agree with me that you'd really want to hear about it?
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