I’m worried about dying. No, not in terms of my mortal flesh and immortal soul; I’m worried about what will happen to my data when I die. :-p
That may sound a little, shall we say, geeky, so let me explain. There’s two ways you can ‘live for ever’ in this world. The first is to become so famous that people talk about you until the end of time. As that’s difficult for most of us, the second way is more likely. All you’ve got to do with the second way is to pass on your genes (and your surname) to your offspring. I’m doing well with the latter: my son Benjamin Belshaw was born 20 months ago and will, I hope, continue the illustrious Belshaw line. With the first method, however, I’m still struggling.
My problem is this:
- Most of my ideas are in the form of writing in the digital landscape (i.e. on this blog or others on the Internet)
- Books and other printed matter in the physical realm are a lot more ‘permanent’ at present that writing in the digital realm.
- When I die dougbelshaw.com will cease to exist.
- Ergo, unless my ideas are so amazing that they become ubiquitous during my lifetime, they will have little impact after my death.
So I’m left with a problem. Should I start writing a book? Is all I’m writing here ultimately futile? Should I be creating static HTML pages so archive.org can index them?
Does this even matter?