Thu, Jul 26, 2007, 3:01pm Was Heisst Blogging?
find I need breaks from the computer more and more, though too many of my non-computer thinking ends up making me think of neat computer projects I'd like to start. For some reason, I also thought I'd start blogging again after a break. Why? Dunno. I see lots of downsides to blogging. The main one being that there are sites that try to archive the entire internet all the time, so there's no undo. And there are no privacy settings to the archive. One must blog things that you are happy to be found in the search engines, and happy to be seen by someone, anyone, years from now, etc. Gaah.

Perhaps someone should develop an unarchivable blog? Something always ephemeral. Or at least a way to mark any specific blog item as ephemeral. Hm. Thoughts? Anyone out there? Anyone want to leave a comment from the year 2016?

I'll try to remember to check back. I'll set a reminder. Better write it down on paper. Who knows if any of my computer-based systems will read anything from this year by then. Though I still have my phone book on a floppy from my Apple ][+, which still runs, though I haven't booted that up in a while.

(Image to the right came up on a search on Google for "2016". Presumably an image of what humans will look like at that time.)

  • Jordano (Sat, August 4th, 2007, 3:24am UTC)
    Well, if you're happy with it not being found by search engines at all as a by-product of your wishes for ephemerality, then set up your blog to be blocked by robots.txt.

    On the other hand, if you are willing to risk a bit, there is an http META tag (named by poets as META HTTP-EQUIV="expires") which *should* force servers to dispose of the copies… though I wouldn't bet on it.

    The other suggestion is to always be insightful and witty all the time, so in 2016 you'll be proud of what you said. (I'm already at a success rate of about 10% !)

  • Jeff (Sat, April 1st, 2017, 10:03pm UTC)
    Well, crap, I forgot to leave a note here last year, but here's a note from 2017: You keep thinking about blogging more, but rarely do. It's less of a social activity now than it was back in your day. Still haven't sat down and figured out a good way to make an ephemeral blog system, but it still seems possible.

    And yes, that image is basically what everyone looks like now.

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