In December 2007, when I was a regular contributor to Performancing, I wrote a blog post wondering what would happen to my blog if something happened to me. It’s been three years since I wrote that post and I believe it’s an important topic worth revisiting. I mean, let’s face it, I’m no spring chicken. Anything could happen at any time. Also, I travel a lot. I have to consider that there may be some freak accident or something else happening that may keep me from returning to my family, business and blogs. It’s not something we want to talk about, but the truth is, we make sure our family and assets are protected if something should happen to us. It should be the same thing with our blogs, especially if our blogs are our business.
A flash drive and a fireproof box
Just because your stuff is online, doesn’t mean you should only store it online. In order to handle your affairs, your loved ones will need to be able to have access to all your accounts. Fill a flash drive with instructions for all your web properties including passwords for blogs, hosting accounts, social media accounts and anything else you use on a regular (and not so regular ) basis. Store it in the same box or safe that you use to store your important papers. It’s probably a good idea to discuss everything with your significant other before storing it away. Take him or her on a tour of your blogs, show how to log in and also how to post in the event of an emergency. You should also put together a list of your advertisers, clients and collaborators.
Update your will
Leave instruction in your last will in testament as to what to do with your web properties after your gone. If they’re valuable, you can leave instructions for selling so your family doesn’t have financial worries when you’re no longer with them. If you have a trusted friend who will helping to take care of and settle affairs regarding your blog, make sure this is noted in your will so there are no misunderstandings later.
Know who to trust
If your family isn’t web savvy and hasn’t a clue about blogging, make sure you appoint a trusted friend or colleague to handle your accounts and offer them guidance. Make sure you approach this person first so there are no surprises later. This will most likely be the person who will alert your community, colleagues and friends to your death and make the necessary announcements.
Here are some blog posts and articles with some advice about making sure your blogging and social media matters are handled in the event of your untimely death:
- What Happens to Your Blogs When You Die at ProBlogger
- What Happens to Your Web Stuff After You Die? at Statesman
- Protect Your Online Life After Death at Scobleizer
- What Happens to Your Online Accounts After You Die? at Techlicious
- Planning Your Digital Estate: Dealing with Online Data After Death at Law Vibe
- What Happens to Your Social Networks After You Die at Geek Sugar
- What Happens to Your Facebook After You Die at Time.com
- What Happens to Your Website if You Die? at Men with Pens
What measures do you have in place if you pass on?