Almost ten years ago, I was faced with the task of archiving an online community, Arts Wire. Our funding ran out and we couldn't continue. The archive consisted of porting .txt files from unix-based discussion forums. It was a completely tedius task, but we felt it was important to transfer these conversations from the Internet to floppy disks or CD's. At one point, I wondered - would anyone ever want to read this? Why are we doing this? Is preserving our digital archifacts important or is it just ephmera? What the archival process just part of the grieving process?
I moved on.
Recently Dave Winer wrote a post called "Preserving Ideas" to share his thinking about preserving one's Internet presence after their death. After turning 50 last month, I've wondered about that myself. Would my great-great-great grandchildren want to read my blog musing 100 years from how? They'd probably be very embarassed.