Every once in a while I go and visit my “Writers Resting in Paradise” page where I have saved blogs that I used to link to that are no longer in circulation. (Is that the right term? Makes it sound fancy!). It’s fun/sad to see what some of the old URLs have been hijacked by but often they are preserved right where they left it. Sometimes, the blog remains pristine and clean and other times it is falling a part a bit. It really makes things feel like a neighborhood where you can walk down a street and see some houses abandoned, and others with new “people” living in them. Makes things feel very tangible.
As how I often talk about it, WRIP isn’t a message of death or being gone, but just moving on to something better. (hence the “Paradise” instead of “Peace” – although I do hope they have peace in their paradise as well)
On one of those visits I was reminded of Chris “River” Cavelle’s Blog, High Latency Life. I was shocked to see that he had passed away in 2014, so we passed the 5 year Anniversary of his sudden death. Even though he and I weren’t close in real life it was something that hit me when it had happened as we did link to, comment and read each other. And there is still a bond there for that. The good news is that his blog is still there for all to read, not that I expect many do. But his words and thoughts remained preserved. For how long? Who knows. Still, I chuckled to myself when I started to think how he would have responded to the new woke-ness of today. Probably would have been interesting conversations.
Outside of Ravious (from KTR) I think those are the only deaths that I am aware of from my little corner of Blognation – and not to get sombre or anything, but I have no idea on how to find out on those that do who have not put aside a plan to let people know via access to the blog or otherwise. Not happy thoughts, and sorry for the downer on a Monday.
Perhaps WRIP can (and should) mean both – for those we miss regardless of why. I truly hope they are on better adventures! I mean, I can’t end on a down note 🙂