Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of blogs come and go.
I’m not surprised, considering how most blogs don’t make it past the first few months.
That said, the question becomes, “What’s the best way to put a blog to rest?”
When I click on the links to abandoned blogs, I find the following:
- The blog is still live, however the most recent post is extremely old.
- The blog is still live and the blogger has written a “Good Bye” post stating why they are no longer blogging.
- The link redirects to a page which states “this webpage is parked*” and the domain is for sale.
- The link redirects to a “parked”* domain and displays advertisements.
- The link redirects to a 404 error page.
Seeing how others abandon blogs makes me wonder if one method is better than another.
If it’s a blog I frequented in the past, I like seeing a “good bye” post, however when the link redirects to a parked domain, it’s anyone’s guess what the blogger’s intent is.
Seeing a blog with outdated posts is one way of keeping a blog alive, however if the information which was shared is time sensitive, the content is irrelevant.
Most bloggers have a definite plan when they start blogging, but how to quit blogging is something we don’t discuss.
Maybe we should.
If you quit blogging, what would you do with your blog?
Park it? Close it? Or leave it be?
Care to share?
*Domain parking is the registration of an Internet domain name without using it for services such as e-mail or a website i.e without placing any content on the domain. This may be done to reserve the domain name for future development, to protect against the possibility of cybersquatting, or to engage in cybersquatting. Since the domain name registrar will have set name servers for the domain, the registrar or reseller potentially has use of the domain rather than the final registrant.
Domain parking can be classified as monetized and non-monetized. In the former, advertisements are shown to visitors and the registrant gains revenue. In the latter, an “Under Construction” or a “Coming Soon” message may or may not be put up on the domain by the registrar or reseller. This is a single-page website that people see when they type the domain name or follow a link in a web browser. Domain names can be parked before a web site is ready for launching.