I wasn't watching, there was no way of knowing that my brother Jay's website/blog just slipped away. I was so totally bummed about the loss. It has made me stop and think about all this stuff we put out on the web and what happens to it once there is no one to be responsible for it.
When my brother past away I noticed spam started to pile up in his comments and try as I could I had no way to get in and take over in order to stop them.
On my old computer I kept him on the upper bar and checked in on the site off and on.
Then one day I stopped looking.
I think because it was too painful to go there too often.
Then while I was not looking it became a place for ads.
Put in an offer and you can buy it, but all that content gone.
I did go hunt for his original blog and that is still there, but he found that too restricting and had bought space on a .com and was putting all his full articles there. The blog has most of the articles with a click to go read the full article at the .com.
I did find the blog I had been running for the North Carolina Pottery Center and that has many of the articles he wrote and then allowed me to post there. Good information, well written, well researched and enjoyed by many. I am going to have to go back and find a way to preserve those articles.
I noticed that some of the pictures are now gone from his blog.
Again if you are not looking things go away.
So here is what I have been thinking about.
Do you have a place you keep your important passwords that a love one or a close friend could get hold of them in case you are not able? Is this something that should be in your will or your wishes. Is it important enough to leave access to your words and written thoughts to someone who would care for them?
Strange thoughts I know.
What do you do and how do you store these things?