When blogs die

Last Saturday was the latest installment on a series of blog posts called @voicEd #twioe Playlist. In it, I try to recapture the radio shows from voicEd Radio. I wish that I had kept a tally of which blog I featured most. I have my suspicions but that’s all that it is. It really isn’t a competition; just a chance for me to share some of the great writing that I had experienced in the previous week. It’s a sort of maintenance and finality to the content.

It’s also the last day of the month. Now, for you with your high speed and unlimited internet access, have some empathy for those of us who live in rural Ontario with a cap on both speed and the amount of internet use that we can have in any given month. On the last day, I typically check the usage and, if there’s a lot left, I’ll do some maintenance and force all the devices to look for and apply updates.

Since I’m in a maintenance mindset, I also will take a poke around my Ontario Edubloggers collection. In this case, I’m looking for blogs that have disappeared from the online landscape so that I can remove them from my collection. I’ll also go through and mark some that haven’t been updated for a long time. I’ve mentioned before; I’m hesitant to pull the plug on them just in case the author decides to bring it back to active status. The content was relevant when I first bookmarked it and so, while the date may not be current, the content often still is.

As I’m doing this, I reflect on why people blog in the first place and, if there are 1 000 blogs, there are probably 1 000 reasons. It’s not up to me to make value judgements – some are created for a course, some are created because it seemed like a good idea at the time, some supported an initiative that is done, some … You get the concept.

Around here, there was a time before I blogged. And yet, I still made a record of things. It might have been in a binder, in a file on my computer, in a FirstClass conference on the board’s conferencing system, but there was always something. One of the trite things that I think we have all heard is that we should “be learning everyday”. That stuck with me but I had this nagging feeling that I could indeed learn but I could just as easily forget. I made a personal commitment to myself to try to learn something every day and then keep a record of it. When the memory failed, I could always look for it in the blog history somewhere. Over time, blogging became the thing to do and so I use it personally to keep track – this blog for everything – my reading and writing, and https://dougpete.blogspot.com/ for my reading. Redundant, I know, but hey…

I know that there are some blogs that have just gone away. I have no doubt that there will come a time when my blogs will disappear too. But, how will people know? Will people even care?

I always figured that there should be some sort of blogging protocol that says you should make one final post a sort of Hitchhiker’s post. It would be a tribute and a thanks to all those who supported the blog while it was active and an opportunity for people to have a reason to stop visiting.

So, what did I learn today. Quite a bit, actually.

This …

and when I go away to a conference for a week like I did earlier in the month, there’s lots of data left over at the end of the month. Good thing too because there was a big Windows 10 update to apply.

Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

6 thoughts on “When blogs die

  1. Doug, I never really thought of using a blog for keeping track of “new learning each day,” but I kind of love that. For me, blogging is about reflecting. Our class blog is for daily reflecting on student learning and next steps — with both our voice and theirs — and my professional blog is about more of my professional learning (and that overlap with student learning). I love blogging! It’s actually one of my main Self-Reg strategies. Like you, I hope that it doesn’t come to an end. That social nature of sharing, and the learning that we can do from each other, makes it particularly special. Curious to hear what others think.



  2. Just wait until you get older, Aviva, and walk into a room and forget why! You’ll wish you’d written it down somewhere. As I said, that’s part of why I write. I was thinking about this and the fact that I’m writing makes me spend more time understanding a concept, hence the learning comment. As we always say, if you want to inspire deeper learning then you have to actually do something with it. Thanks again for the comment. As you know, I’m a fan of your blogging and your use of colour/questions to engage!


  3. You have been a great blogger “model” for me over the years. Thanks for the engaging posts and engaging others while you continue to learn and record things — all at the same time.

    Good questions! How does one decide to stop.. or how to do such a stop that fits for them? I have considered starting a new blog site, but then what do I do with the old…?

    Somehow a song came to me… Is it better to burn out, than to fade away? Does this apply to blogs? 😀


  4. I lost access to the blog I wrote when I was at Microsoft before I had a chance to write a farewell post. Annoying.

    At least the content is still there but of course the most recent post is almost 7 years old.

    That is one reason I will never tie a blog to dependent on my employer again.


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