A Last Post

I was sorry to read that blogger Julie had lost her mother recently (Julie writes at the Midlife Job Hunter).

Her mom, Bernice Sucha, was 85-years old and also had a personal blog ( Old? Who? Me? ) that she had maintained for three years.

On her mom's blog, Julie posted Bernie's obituary, and a farewell note from another family member.

Bernie's readers now know that her blog has reached the end.

It reminded me about last posts for bloggers.

What if I suddenly passed away?

I have thought about about writing a brief last post, and then leaving specific instructions so that it can be posted here, but I have not finalized that plan.

Since I have been doing this blog thing for several years now, I'd want readers to know why the posts here suddenly stopped--rather than you all assuming that I won the lottery and now spend my free time playing shuffleboard on an island in the South Pacific.

So how about you? 

If you have a blog, do you have a final post written and someone to post it for you?

Have you thought about your last post?

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My prayers are with Julie and her family.

35 comments:

JJ.in.Phila said...

I literally have my obituary written and have instructed my executrix to send it off to the Centre Daily Times.

My blog isn't about me; it is about the case I cover. I've often said that if the case was resolved, I would do about 3-4 more posts (including one where I plan to say blogging won't replace traditional journalism), and then say goodbye.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Slam Dunks .. my thoughts are with Julie and her family .. what a good way to finish her mother's blog.

I haven't got to that stage yet - but I've seen others ponder the idea .. or finalise it in advance as JJ has done ..

I know I wrote out to friends and relatives of my uncle re his Funeral Service .. they were very appreciative to get the letter - it was in a similar vein to my blog writing.

I hope my sister-in-law being the only member of the family remotely interested in the blog - would sort something out - for everyone left behind ...

Cheers good thoughts though .. Hilary

Miranda Hardy said...

Wow, I haven't even thought about it. Now, I'll be thinking about it all day. I'm not even sure anyone I know will be able to get into my account...perhaps my daughter.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

No but I think its a great idea.

ladyfi said...

Oh so sorry to hear this.

I haven't thought about a last post... but it could be a good idea!

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm not sure I would want to think about that. I try to live for the present.

But one of the first blogs I ever read was Miss Snark, and it was strange to think the author of all those posts was no longer with us.

Pat Hatt said...

I have thought about it as well, for never know I could get hit by a bus.

But all I said so far is for someone to burn me and stuff my ashes in a pringle can..hahaha

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, I never thought about that. It does make think harder about what I post every day. Every word counts.

Ciara said...

We lost a great blogger this past year. I had no idea she was ill. Many did and left comments for her. The husband posted her passing and it was a great blogging memorial. It showed how many lives she had touched through her blog. I think every blogger should have a way to state if they are no longer blogging. Thank the people for their following, and say goodbye. IMHO

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at Tossing it Out for my guest post. I had a great time. I'm a new follower.

LD Masterson said...

When Jane Kennedy Sutton, author of the blog Jane's Ride (http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com), passed away in May, her husband left a final post. I was so grateful that he let her many followers know what had happened.

I fear if I should go suddenly, no one in my family would have the vaguest idea how to do this.

ooglebloops said...

Hmm, don't want to think about it - but all my passwords and blog info are in one spot - so hopefully D/H will alert the world. Altho, he would probably need my son to show him how to get into the blog.....

BTW- pix are up on my recent post - I guess the blog post was still showing while I was editing.

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Julie's mother. My thoughts are with her. I haven't really thought about a last blog post. Eek. **thinks happy thoughts***

Little Ms. Fun said...

Oh wow, I never thought of that! Maybe you're right...Leave in your will that you for someone to continue with your blog where you left off. A blog doesn't have to die with the author.

Maybe I'll make a will at 23...my mom always says, the ones that are prepared are the ones who are safe. (Knock on wood) I mean, it never rains when you have an umbrella. It rains when the umbrella is forgotten in your car.

CAcopwife said...

This makes me wonder about those blogs I used to follow that suddenly stop posting.....you never know, right? As much as I'd like to think I'd be terribly missed I think i'll leave it up to fate and keep writing about life. You certainly have provided food for thought. My condolences to Julie.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Sorry to hear about Julie and her family.
It's never easy when someone "goes away" for whatever reason (natural OR otherwise)...even if it's online here.
I've known a few that because of their JOB, had to end their blog outright (unfair).

You come to "expect to see" and hear from these people, virtually-speaking.

And you must have been reading my mind about this post...
I HAVE thought about such things, macabre as they might seem, because they are a part of life.
And I know I miss those that HAVE gone away online.
I wonder if they're doing OK, or what has caused them to "be absent", as it were.

Haven't thought about making MY "obit" for my blog...but I would think the missus would know to send along some type of "farewell".
Hell, I might even take you up on it, and start getting busy making one...just in case.

Excellent post with lots to think upon, and some great comments.

Stay safe out there.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It would be sad to see a blog you love end like that - smart of her to take proactive steps to conclude it.

terri said...

My sympathies to Julie and her family.

I have never thought of writing a last post. It's sort of a morbid idea to me, maybe only because I feel that if I write one, I have to acknowledge that my end could come at any time.

Janet Johnson said...

That's a fascinating concept. I'd never thought about that. But I love the idea. Definitely something to think about.

Ed Pilolla said...

hmmm... an interesting question. my first reaction is when i'm dead i'm dead. i don't think i'll write a final post. but i wonder which of my posts will in fact be the last. i go bright to dark, so i wonder which i'll leave on:)

Michael Offutt said...

Yeah. Don't know what to say here. I hope things are okay with the survivors. It sucks to lose a beloved one.

Kimi said...

My condolences to Julie and her family. It's never easy losing a loved one. I don't know how I'd deal with it if I lost a beloved family member. You ask a good question, which is, "Have we thought about writing our last post?" We should because everyday we should live as though it were last and prepare for the worst. I haven't gotten to that point to writing my last post, but it is something to ponder. I think not of death but how I would want to be remembered. Thanks for asking such a profound question.

Selma said...

I'm sorry to hear about Julie's mother. I think it's good she was able to post an obituary on her mother's blog. I have known 4 bloggers who have passed away and only learned they had about a year later because family didn't know how to administer the blog. I think we should all let our nearest and dearest know our passwords and how to write a post just in case. Once again, my condolences to Julie and her family.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

As far as I know, I'm still pretty anonymous. There is only one person that I know of that knows who I am IRL. I guess I better ask her to have my bloggy-back... kind of like a Will, no?

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm sorry for Julie and her family.

I've told my husband to post something on my blog and FB if I die. I wonder if he'll be able to do it.

Did you ever read LK Madigan's last post? I saw it when her agent announced that Madigan was in late stages of cancer? It was chilling and beautiful. She didn't live too long after the post.

Melissa Sugar said...

Wow, the issue never crossed my mind, but suddenly it makes sense. I think followers would appreciate knowing why our blogs screeched to a halt.

After going through my brother's personal affects after his untimely death (car accident) I was prompted to do a major overhaul of my own. There were just too many things I would never want anyone to see or read.

This post hit me like that incident. You have given me much to ponder.

My thoughts & prayers go out to Julie & her family.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thought about it, but haven't written it. Not sure I want to go there just yet. I have written down all my online "places" and passwords, though. That's a start.

Dan said...

I have thought about it. It always leaves me a bit confused when someone just quits writing. Was it a loss of interest, an injury, death, what?

I even know some bloggers that have a post that is scheduled some number of days in the future which gets delayed with each new post.

Whether I will have someone post a death notice or obit is up in the air. I suspect I won't care much either way when the time comes around. {*grin*}

Elena said...

Condolences to Julie and her family. I never thought about a last post. I guess mine should say, "Buy my book!" I knew I would achieve fame after I died, LOL

Maxi said...

My heart goes out to Julie and family.

If she loved to blog, than she was happy to the end.

Holly Lefevre said...

I have not given this one thought. I lost a bloggy friend last year and she was lucky enough to have a good friend take over her blog for a few weeks.

My hubby would have no clue...I better find a friend to help me out there.

It is definitely something not think about.

Shirley Wells said...

My thoughts are with Julie and her family.

I haven't thought of writing a final post and I can't think of anyone who would be able to access my blog account. Perhaps I'd better start working on a long list of instructions for someone.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I've considered it. Perhaps by scheduling a post for a year or so out, and updating the date whenever it gets close. Although my husband also has write permission on my blog, so he could do it. I hope he would, if something were to happen and I hadn't prepared anything.

secret agent woman said...

It has crossed my mind but I've never done anything about it. And I realize, no one knows the password to my blog to do that for me. I think I need to give my password to a friend and ask them to post for me one last time should I die. Okay, now I'm bummed.

Amy Sullivan said...

It's funny. I actually just thought about that recently, but I didn't come up with a solution.

A blogger I've followed since I first started blogging quit about four months ago with no explanation. . .I'm sure she grew tired of the whole sharing online thing, but then, a part of me wonders.

Lisa said...

I was just thinking about this the other day. I do have a folder on my computer with my *last wishes* but nothing covers how to handle my blog. Your solution is a great idea. That way we could all get the last word in!