When you are Gone.
Maybe you have heard of the English television show “Monty Python”. In it’s original form it was a TV show with short sketches. Brought to you in unmistakable British Humor – or Humour I mean. British humor is a kind of humor you like or don’t like at all. Talli-ho and all that stiff upper lip stuff. Absurd to the max. John Cleese used to be the lead actor. They used this little one-liner to glue the little sketches together: “And now for something completely different”.
And Now… For Something Completely Different…
You know, both you and me are youngsters, little puppies. Active. Overactive sometimes. We are not old yet. And even ‘yet’ sounds decades away.
We live a full life – some fuller than others – and like to stay busy. We have jobs – or not. But still… We.are.young.
We are not ready to plant a patch of dandelions on our tummies when we are six feet under. No way Jose’.
Ok this may come as a shock to you, so I am trying to be as careful as I can: “You Will Die“. Sometime in the future you will, believe you me. I was as careful as I could be…
And when that time comes, what will happen to your blog? I know it is probably something you have never thought about, but you (and probably your family) have invested a lot in it.
Ok now I’m thinking. What do I need to do?
First of all – you need to stay calm. It’s not like you are tipping over while you are reading this post. It would make a great headline in tonights paper though: “Blogger dies while reading a post – The JanBierens Dot Com is a DEATHTRAP“.
You have invested a lot of time, effort (and possibly money) in your blog. If not for yourself, you could make things a bit more easy for the loved ones you leave behind.It’s not an easy subject, but have you discussed this with them? I did not, I have to admit.
So take a pen and paper and start jotting down some of the things you might have to think about, before Mr. D comes knocking on your door.
In a ‘randomish’ order some things you might consider.
- Find someone that can do ‘blog-related’ stuff for you – someone you trust can get the job done the way you want it. After all, it’s your party…
- Make a document containing your passwords. Your Hosts administrative panel, your ‘blog connected’ e-mail, the password for your FTP upload program, Pay-Pal account, Billing accounts, E-Banking account connected to your blog, Social Media accounts and so forth.
- Make a document of people you want to be informed. Friends – you might have more that you think, Affiliates, business partners,
- If you make money with your blog, you are responsible for (a part of) your family’s income. Is there someone that can take over things for you? As you can imagine direct family members might not feel they want to do this because of emotional reasons. Again, is there someone you can trust to do that?
- Have you made a decision if the blog should stay active? Maybe you want to sell your blog if you have taken permanent residence in blog heaven? Do some research on that.
- Make clear to everyone involved what you don’t want to happen to your blog.
- In most cases just making a document stating what you want to happen will be sufficient. If there’s more money involved you might want to consider legal documents to state your wishes.
And Now For Something Even More Completely Different:
A toughie, huh? But seriously – you may want to think about those kinds of things now. It could save your loved ones some grief. They will be going through a hard time and they don’t need to worry about your blogging aspiration things.
I spent some time searching for a ‘funny’ picture to kinda bring a happy ending to this post.
While you are blogging away just think about the fact that you make a difference in the world. At least you took the trouble and honesty to write your thoughts on ‘virtual paper’.
You are doing, what so many people are just dreaming about – writing. For an audience. How small or big an audience does not matter.
It is on the Internet for many ears to come. Trust me.
The Internet does not forget. There will be always traces on it now, leading back to you. Whether you wanted that or not. Because some guy once said – many moons ago:
If you don’t want it to be public knowledge, don’t put it on the Internet.