This morning I had a strange urge to check out my past blogs on science and math education. These blogs were put together through a district blog host (using WordPress). It was a way to have some privacy and safety for teachers and students as they began the path to implementing technology in the classrooms.
I stumbled on my math blog first. I had forgotten how much time and effort I had put into this site. Links to cool apps, conversations with teachers, celebrating student successes. The science blog was similar in the way it was set up.
It was great to see these blogs still available, but I hadn’t touched them in almost eleven months. They are just sitting there, waiting for people to stubble upon them. The thoughts and ideas may have changed, but they are still there. I would say ghosts in the Internet, but they aren’t ghosts. They look and act exactly like current sites. They are zombie blogs, or zlogs. They can become extremely dangerous, if they are believed to be real. They present information that could be outdated, refuted, or just plain wrong.
It made me think about my geraniums. Every year I lose my geraniums that surround my deck. This year, I consulted the web and found a site that showed step by step directions to over-winter the geraniums. I dried them out, put them in a paper bag, and placed the bags in an outside, protective box. Hopefully, they will survive. It all depends on whether I was reading from a real blog or a living-dead zlog.