Every now and then a blog shuts down. There are as many reasons as there are bloggers, ranging from getting bored, through getting Dooced, to dying. Every blogger goes about shutting down the blog in different ways. I tried here to put down, in more or less systematic way, the dos and donts of shutting down a blog. If you disagree with some of the points or have additions, please state your opinion and rationale for it in the comments.He also posts a rant from a very irate blogger, who is incensed that a favorite blog has been deleted. He argues that, once posted, a blog is part of something larger than its creator, and therefore must not be deleted. If I delete my blog, I am disrespectful to all who've ever linked to it! This has to be satire, Bora!
1) DO NOT DELETE THE BLOG!
First, spammers are mighty quick at taking over abandoned blog addresses and placing various shady businesses, including porn, on those addresses. Everyone who has ever linked to you is now linking to porn. Bad idea...