If you were to die tomorrow, do you know what would happen to your blog?
What would you like to happen?
Do your family members know your wishes?
While this may seem like a morbid topic, it’s an important one to think about… especially if you have specific intentions. For example, I look at my blog as an archive of my life with my girls. I would love for them to have the opportunity to look through it (if they were ever so inclined to do so).
Here are some things to consider when planning for what will happen to your blog after you die.
What do YOU want to happen to your blog?
After you die, what would you like to happen to your blog?
* Are you okay with it being closed down or would you like it to remain available for others to view long after you’re gone?
* If you would like your blog to remain available, how long would you like it to “live” for?
* Perhaps you would like your blog to be made into a book for family members. If so, research where this can be done and provide the information with your last wishes.
Who will take care of your blog?
Whether your blog is being shut down or is going to continue, who is going to be the person responsible for it? Make sure to speak with your blog executor and clarify that they’re comfortable with the role(s) you’ll be assigning to them.
How would you like to say “goodbye”?
Have you drafted a final post yet? I’ve been working on mine for a while now. I’ve thought about it and I know I would like a final “goodbye” post to my family, friends, and readers. Once again… sorry if this seems morbid but it might be something to consider working on.
If you’ve created a final goodbye post, make sure your blog executor knows the title of the post, what details to add (i.e. date of death, circumstances, etc.), and how to publish the post.
Gather your information.
Whether you’re closing your blog down or someone will be maintaining it, you will need to have all your information in one place. Make a list of all your usernames and passwords for all of your sites. Make sure to include your web host provider, your affiliate accounts, PayPal, feed readers, etc. You will want to make sure everything is available for your executor to access. After you make this list. Store it in your safety deposit box and/or a safe.
You may also want to consider putting hyperlinks of all the websites you use on a document and save it on a USB stick. This way your executor can quickly access all the sites you’ve been using rather than typing them one by one into a browser bar.
Write out your instructions.
Make a clear list of what steps your executor needs to take in order to fulfill your wishes. I’ve given an example below:
* Log into my WordPress account with the Username and Password provided.
* On the left-hand side of the dashboard you will see “Posts” – click that
* Scroll or use the search box to find the post entitled: “This Is Goodbye”
* Write a brief introduction to the post indicating when I died and that I wrote this post prior to my death.
* On the right hand side of the screen click the “Publish” button
What about the comments?
If you’re keeping your blog open, decide what will happen with commenting. Do you want to close commenting on all your posts? Do you want to keep commenting open on your final post?
You may want to give instructions on how to close comments on your posts.
What about your social media sites?
What is going to happen on your social media sites? Some things to consider:
* Would you want a link to your obituary on your social media sites?
* Who will close the social media down on your behalf?
* Would you want any to remain open (i.e. your Facebook page becomes a memorial page)?
What accounts should be shut down?
Are there any accounts that you would need to be shut down? For example, I have a monthly CoSchedule fee, I would want my subscription to be cancelled because there would obviously be no need for such services. Make sure you consider and list every account that would need to be terminated.
How is your blog going to be paid for?
If your blog is self-hosted, who will be responsible for the hosting fees? Do you have a reserve amount set aside in your will for blog expenses? Make sure to indicate how the reserve is to be accessed to cover blog maintenance costs.
Who will receive the income from your blog?
If your blog has ads or sponsors, have you considered how those fees will be transferred? Can they be transferred? Will the executor need to place ads in their name on your site and remove the ads that are under your name?
Who is going to maintain your blog?
Make sure you’ve arranged for who will maintain your blog (i.e. update plugins, delete spam, etc.). This role can be fulfilled by the blog executor or perhaps assigned to a different person. Make sure they are aware of their role and that they are comfortable with it.
I completely understand if you want to hide under the covers of your bed and ignore this topic. However, if you have some last wishes for your blog, perhaps now is the time to make a plan so that when the inevitable happens, your family knows what to do.
Have you considered what you would like to happen to your blog when you die?