We put so much time into our blogs, many of us.
But will anyone be able to read them in 20 years? (or, even sooner?)
If you think this is a ridiculous question, answer this question: Do you have something in your house that can play any of the following, all of which existed as "modern technology" during my lifetime:
-a wire recording (OK, I'm dating myself here);
-an 8 track tape;
-a cassette tape;
-an 8 inch floppy disc;
-a 5 1/4 inch floppy disc or a 3 1/4 inch floppy disk;
-a plastic digital audio tape?
-a VHS tape?
The problem is (except maybe for the cassette and VHS tapes), not many people have these playback devices, either. So, the history recorded on these devices may well be lost forever.
And what happens when the devices we use today become obsolete?
Consider these facts:
-The Rosetta Stone, recording a decree issued by an Egyptian king in 196 BCE, is still quite readable and the only barrier to reading it was not knowing two of the three scripts the decree was inscribed in;
I can read the Lliad and the Odyssey, although they were first composed (most likely) in the 8th century BCE;
I can admire cave paintings in France first created around 35,000 years ago.
But I can't read floppy discs I created with my first computer, purchased in 1996.
If this doesn't concern you, consider this essay written back in 2002 written about our National Archives called "Are We Losing our Memory?"
So what happens when the Internet evolves, or even becomes obsolete? What will happen to all the data on it? True, we have the Wayback Machine, but I have tried to use that on a number of occasions and have found it is not easy, or reliable, to use.
So, short of printing out our blogs periodically (probably killing a forest each time), what can we do?
Will your blog be obsolete tomorrow? Probably not, but wait 20 years.
We know the Middle Ages but will we know the early 2000's?