I was thinking the other day ‘What would happen to my blog if I suddenly died?’, I realise it’s quite a macabre thought but I’ve found death has become less taboo for me the more I’m involved with ghost research. It’s just part of life, an ending to something beautiful that is, in itself, beautiful.
I realised though, as I was walking to work thinking about my blog and what would happen to it, that it would be almost tragic for it to just be sat here collecting ‘pixel dust’ without me adding to it. The words of someone that once was but no longer is. Then I realised that there must be blogs out there that are already like that – the last post dated from before the bloggers death, a mysterious gap where nothing has been posted – perhaps punctuated by a note from a loved one hastily paying tribute to the blogger after having worked out their password.
“I’m sorry to say that they’ve left , but they’ll live on in our memories and hearts…and their blog”
These are ghosts.
Like an upgraded ghost, sort of. Not your apparition of a loved one walking down the hallway only to disappear when you go to investigate, not the scent of their shampoo or aftershave that is there for one fleeting moment and then gone, but them, from back then, in the way they expressed themselves. Immortalised forever online.
Their thoughts collected in one place leaving an impression of who they were for all to see, somewhere that you can visit them.
The internet is full of ghosts. People who are no longer alive, but who are still there. You can get to know them by reading their blogs, viewing their Flickr galleries or listening to their podcasts. It’s almost like standing at a strangers graveside, or reading through a diary they kept.
The internet is haunted by ghosts of the past, and I think it’s rather beautiful.