…after they are deleted?
This is a highly irrelevant subject. It`s a mere mental workout, something to ponder about in between work. This is my cigarette break. Call it whatever you like.
I remember “my” first blog that was deleted. It was a blog that spawned “The L Files” and that was responsible for my entry into the blogosphere. I remember doing a piece on slovene blogs on RTV for a show called Resnična resničnost (the real reality, an oximoron from virtual reality) only to realise that at that exact morning when we were supposed to shoot the thing, one of the blogs was missing. Instead, its address returned this well known screen.
True, blogs are private and owned by their bloggers. And true, people can do whatever they want with their property. However, it is my opinion that the second a comment is posted on a blog or a blog is linked to another blog, the level of privacy decreases. Your blog, at first an island in the sea of blogs, is now connected with other islands by means of a bridge. And deleting it (or blowing up an island if you will) could do irrepairable damage to the entire blogosphere.
Of course, some blogs deserve to be deleted. Blogs that are abandoned, empty shells floating around in the cyberspace (Hm, did somebody read too much of Gibson novels?) and are just crowding up the ocean. Blogs that are nothing but commercial crap. Blogs that have no greater meaning.
Some people even joke about it, saying that their blog will be deleted tomorrow while in fact they keep on writing and keeping the quality at a reasonable level at all times (and don`t give me that crap about tomorrow never comes, you hear? 😉 ).
The latest blog that was deleted in the slovene blogosphere was No Pasaran! It was a well known blog, mostly cause of the nude photos of the author. I guess at the age of thirty she realised that it`s time to move on and deleted the whole thing. Which is OK. She owns it. She can do whatever she likes with it.
And on the other hand, she`ll be missed. Like every good blog, hers was a constant stop (at least for me). I guess we are taking blogs for granted, the “delete” option not even considered. And when that option becomes reality, we are shocked. And surprised. If only just mildly. We start to think we know people whose blogs we read. That, eventhough we never met or talked, we still know them and are friends with them. And when disappear without prior notice, we feel…well, offended.
There should be some sort of archive option available. Some sort of condensed archive where blogs with a certain degree of meaning would go. So that the blogosphere would not feel the loss. Seeing how there`s more than enough crap to go around. Ah well…