I like to plan ahead. Sometimes far in advance. Really far.
Have you ever wondered what will happen to your blog posts after you are long gone? Whether you are gone in the sense that you no longer post or whether you are really gone, as in permanently from this mortal coil, what will happen in the future? Is the space available on the world wide web infinite or finite? Will it ever run out of room for more? Will they begin getting rid of stuff when that happens? Who has control over your work after you are gone? Isn’t there some kind of ownership to your creative property, something that could be willed to your offspring or others? Am I the only one pondering these sorts of morbid thoughts?
Along the same lines, have you even thought about writing a final post, to be published after you are gone? Some authors were said to have written the final novel in a series to be put out after they passed. Long ago, ages ago, we were into reading the Travis McGee mystery series written by John D. MacDonald. Click here to read what Wikipedia says about him. Every title has a color in it and the rumor was that he had written the final novel, where the lead character meets his end using the color black in the title. When Donaldson did pass away, it turned out that there was no such book in the files. Disappointing. While not actually writing such a post for this blog, I have thought about doing so. The instructions and passwords would have to be left written out, in a special sealed envelope, so the intended caretaker of these matters could get access to the administrator page and push the publish button. I told you I like to make long term plans. I am also not afraid of dying, but am not ready to leave just yet. Just planning. Too much free time on my hands, obviously.
But how could the photos be current? Or would it matter? Maybe the prettiest and favorite photos should be assembled for this grand finale. Or no photos. But there are still so many questions. What if instead of being gone forever, we just decide to stop blogging. How long will the blog remain out there? I now pay for the privelege of changing the css stylesheet at WordPress, a yearly charge. If there are no new posts, we don’t need to keep paying that, do we? Will it disappear then? This sounds like a question for the support group at WordPress.
WordPress was in fact contacted about this very question. It was difficult to get them to understand what we were asking, with several back and forths from the support staff. Finally, they got it. The answer was that the posts written would be on the internet for as long as WordPress was still functioning at no charge. Is that a relief, or not?
Just sharing a few thoughts with you today. Funny the paths down which the mind travels. When it is not kept busy. An idle mind is a scary thing, for some.
For those wondering about the relevance of the opening photo to this rambling, (or the point of this entire endeavor) the picture is the only shot I could find of a Geum. There had been a file of Geum shots for a winter plant portrait posting, but this was the only image found on the seven jump drives, ranging from 2 to 16 gigs, where the photos were stored when The Financier switched my computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and all photos, among other things, were erased. We cannot do a posting with just one photo, for a plant portrait anyway. There were other files for other delightful plant portraits as well, carefully culled and saved in an oh so organized and well planned fashion, to use in the down time of winter. Clematis, Cuphea and about a million Salvias, are now all a jumble in the thousands of images saved on devices. It just goes to show that careful planning does not foresee everything. And maybe some people have a teensy weensy control problem.
Added: I would like to invite all readers to read the comments that this post has provoked. There are lots of interesting thoughts, opinions and ideas in them. If you do not normally read the comments, what????, you might want to this time.