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May 10, 2005


As some of you may know, I'm involved in keeping up randomness personified. Generally this has meant going in and removing comment spam from time to time, but I'm also looking into archiving the site. I know the files have been backed up, so I'm not worried. I'm backing up the entries regularly now so as to capture recent comments to the last post.

Generally this upkeep has been received well. But the response hasn't been universal. I'm writing here, to sort out my thoughts, because I don't want this debate to take over the comments section on Mike's blog. I'm trying to accept this difference of opinion without being too upset about it. So I will have to respectfully disagree. As long as it's ok with Mike's parents, I will continue to help take care of the site.

I see keeping the blog around like keeping a picture on your shelf. You don't always pull the picture down to look at it, but it's there because it's important enough to you to keep around. To be honest, I haven't been able to read old entries but I know that I will want to eventually. In the meantime, if others want to take comfort remembering Mike by reading his words, I don't see why that's wrong. He put the blog out there on the internet for people to read, to share some of his thoughts with us. Why should all that vanish, simply because he's no longer with us? It's not the only way to remember him, but it seems more meaningful to read his words than to do something like plant a tree in his name. That's my opinion, anyway.

I don't generally comment on the site anymore, but I like knowing that the site is there, that I can visit my friend now and then.

Yours, &c., LC | 09:22 PM | Blogos | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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I TOTALLY agree with you. My personal take is that you are doing all of us a huge service by taking care of Mike's site. As a friend from the pre-blog days, I think it's extremely comforting to check in at randomness periodically to read some archives or just mosey around. And I really don't think Mike would have wanted it taken down. It's a way of keeping the connection. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Amy B at May 10, 2005 10:34 PM

Please don't take down the site, or if you move it somewhere, please let me know where it is. I didn't check in as often as I should have in the last couple of years, and there are a lot of posts I haven't read yet and will want to.

I hadn't been back to the site for a while, but I did check in today. I didn't realize people were still commenting on the last post. I agree with his mom that there may be a better place for that. But the site should stay for people to visit from time to time.

What I find interesting is that woodward thinks it's morose to keep commenting, yet he/she keeps reading the comments and posting more. But that's just me...

I agree with Amy. Thank you for taking care of Mike's blog.

Posted by: Tiffany at May 11, 2005 03:30 PM

Oh definitely - the site will stay up. I will make sure of that.

Thanks for your support. I really appreciate hearing from you.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at May 11, 2005 04:23 PM

I second (or third) what Amy and Tiffany have said above. I'm not ready for the site to be gone either, and still need to be able to re-read his words from time to time. It brings a certain added comfort. I don't think Mike would have a problem with leaving the site up this way, because he would know that his friends and family need it there.

Posted by: Jenny at May 12, 2005 08:54 AM