On the Lost Forgotten Past
Often you find what you seek, but it is the nature of the new world, the new mental space we share in this 'blogosphere' to be littered with houses half built.
For I post today, shall I post tomorrow?
Blogs have narrow focuses, and human lives are complex many storied things. We drift in and out of our interests throughout our lives and blogs that have too narrow a focus don't get updated when our focus changes. You see a blog that hasn't posted in a year, their blogroll filled with similarly failed blogs, all the hip popular blogs of the day having fallen by the wayside.
Also, here in America we are in the death throes of an empire. This isn't fear-mongering, America as a culture is having to adapt and change to a change in our infrastructure as we come to terms with the end of our political and national dominance and return to being a member on the world stage.
This type of change can be distracting, and cause a bit of a delay in updating your blog.
For now these sites remain, but I'm concerned - will the thought and value in them one day disappear? How can it be preserved?
Is there some way to comb through the blogs and weed out all the entitlement ("My blog isn't popular enough, and someone else's is so I'm going to quit."), negativity ("So and so's blog is filled with slander against very important historical figures - how dare they denigrate something that happened where they weren't.") and navel gazing ("I have such a hard time picking a game, and it's really hard to find players. ") and take the core articles and preserve them for prosperity?
What if the Rod of Lordly Might disappears? What if Sickly Purple Death Ray goes the way of the dead?
What if Kellri never updates again, and the documents disappear?
We've made strides and have many tools that help us find useful tools and rules that didn't exist before. There's the OSR search and the Links to Wisdom to help us organize what's out there.
But what about sites that are left for dead? What will happen to them if during some pogrom they all disappear? Or projects headed by just one person like megadungeon.net that languish forgotten once the original impetus has left for their existence.
I bemoan the loss of the past, and fear a future that has lost that connection.
I am open to suggestions.