And this too shall pass

January 17th, 2008

Wisconsin blogger “Jib” seems troubled that blogs are transitory:

Blogs themselves will only be temporary records. When I first started this blog, buy viagra find I had delusions of my opinion being part, buy cialis if only a very small one, thumb of the historical record of my era. The fact is it won’t be. One day, this blog will disappear from the internet. Either blogging will fade and Google will kill Blogger, or I’ll pass away and the blog will go dormant until such time that Google scours it from its servers and the domain will be made available to someone else who will put ad links up in the place of this blog. Either way, what I wrote and what other bloggers wrote will largely disappear from the historical record. And this applies to all of you who run your own domains, too. Eventually, you’ll quit or you become incapacitated or even die, and once that bill for hosting and registration doesn’t get paid, the evidence of your influence on this era will disappear as the URL is re-distributed to someone else.

But the truth is, in the end, all things are transitory…as my favorite poem so aptly illustrates:


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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