Another one bites the dust

If you have followed any blogs over the past few years you have probably noticed sites that die, and perhaps even get deleted by their owners, only to return some time later as bullshit advertisements.  The latest one I happened to notice is the Retronaut blog, which used to have amazing old-timey photographs and articles about historical curiosities.  But if you go to http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/ now, you get a typical ‘squatter’ site — in this case with “reviews” of “books” on miracle cures.  I don’t know how long ago this happened, as I have not been as active as a blog reader lately, but WTF!

I bet a good many links on my own blog now point to squatter sites but I have never gone back to fix them, because in some cases I was holding out hope that the blog or site would return, or in others because I have been meaning to see if anything is cached in archive.org.  I suppose I should work on that, because any ill-gained traffic those sites are getting from me must stop.  If you happen to notice and dead or broken links while you are here, do let me know.

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  1. There have been a bunch of blogs that I follow that have been quiet for a while (e.g., Blood of Prokopius, Ramblings of a Great Kahn). Sometimes I wonder if they got tired of blogging but still follow, or may have just drifted away due to the demands of personal life or time needed for self, or (hopefully not) because of health reasons. I’ve been thinking about trying to start up some sort of OSR Blogger “Census” – where we try to make a big list of folks that have been quiet and get an update on them (and rally around them where necessary).

  2. Retronaut’s not dead, just moved. http://www.retronaut.com/

    • It’s a Saint Patrick’s Day miracle! Thank you for setting me straight!


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