[M]y proposal is seven unconventional guidelines in how we handle websites designed to be informative, to make them easy to maintain and preserve. The guiding intention is that the maintainer will try to keep the website up for at least 10 years, maybe even 20 or 30 years. These are not controversial views necessarily, but are aspirations that are not mainstream—a manifesto for a long-lasting website.
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This new blog of mine (with a decidedly default install of Ghost) doesn't meet much of the criteria Jeff Huang lays out for websites to persist for decades.
I've never been much for making sure my own things last. I've had many blogs at many URLs over the years. I've made very little effort to archive them when moving on to whatever I wanted to play around with next. The Internet Archive has picked up some bits and pieces here and there without my intervention. I've barely looked at them.
I don't think of my blogging as a historical record. It's always been a rather clumsy exploration of myself within a chunk of time that isn't known until it's known.
Which is not to say I'm against creating informational and cultural things on the web that will last. There is plenty of content that should be saved. Jeff's guidelines go a long way towards ensuring it will be.
But there's also a great deal of freedom in realizing, as an individual, that whatever you're doing on the internet is primarily valuable because you are doing it. Once it's done, that value declines rapidly. Let it be regulated to memory…Where it can become less like a ledger and more like a dream.