Housekeeping Matter:
New Policy for an Old Blog, and more

No more Obits.

This is not The Death Blog anymore.

(I'll be answering some of the comments left on the preceding post . . . including some thoughts concerning the new Whatsit . . . in due course. Suffice it to say, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the response and, if it doesn't sound too maudlin, touched by it as well. If anyone has any questions about it, or anything else, post them in the comments)

11 comments:

Andy said...

For what it's worth - I loved your obits. I never thought of it as a "death blog". Your unique photos triggered smiles of recognition and flurries of research. You helped us remember their lives.

Esmerelda Pumphandle said...

I second that, Andy.

I realize that to an extent blogs have to cater to their audiences, but that doesn't mean that you should be directed by their merest whims, or that you should even consider opinions which are counter to the blog's theme and/or goal.

If a person embodies what the blog is about, and they die, it would be inappropriate NOT to post something about it, whether or not people like it.

Miltongirl5 said...

Obits are a part of life. Nothing wrong with that. It just sucks when they come in a cluster that's all.
But what can you do.

marietta said...



good morning from germany,hamburg.yes i go with andy.othterwise,Tom we had also sometimes a lot of fun and many reason to laghing loud out and crying still in the night.ich komme yust out of the hell,bud wie all want beides wieder mit euch allen. it is a thinn thing between both,we see us,marietta.

pd said...

It seems to me that it's always been clear that your obit postings have been celebrations of lives well-lived, not of death. No worries, Tom!

Frank Black said...

Why switch to tumblr?

Timmy said...

YEAH! WHY?

Timmy said...

Idris Muhammad (nome d'arte di Leo Morris (New Orleans 13 Novembre 1939 - 29 Luglio 2014)

PCtag said...

Tom some of your most moving pieces were concerning death. I have never thought of you as a "death blog" but as a place where the famous, infamous & average Joes and Jills were presented in all their glory. Sometime the catalyst for their photo and/or story just happened to be their passing. I also remember the passing of your father and how deeply it moved you. It was all good. Thank you again.

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Katherine W said...

I neglected to comment on your previous post announcing the impending end of this blog, but I meant to (a stupid excuse, but still).

I just wanted you to know, that I've been loyally following you for years - through college, through traveling the world, through moving three times. I remember seeing a post a while ago where you felt discouraged about readership, I never replied then. So I'm a shitty lukerish reader. But your blog, taste, and understanding of pattern and people enriches my life.

I will be following you to Tumblr.