The Vancouver writing and editing community lost a son last week. Derek K. Miller blogged for a decade until death by cancer made him stop. On news of The Last Post, a wave of traffic clogged his website. The sympathetic outpouring was instant and global.
I knew of Derek’s passion for electronic media and technology and wordcraft. I heard him present to the Editors’ Association of Canada–BC. He gave a thought-provoking talk called Life, Death, and the Blog in which he revealed why he wrote about cancer. He also explained what needs to be in place to keep one’s site going.
Back in March 2008 the audience was allowed to envision the future archive. A new tech world some three years hence preserves Derek’s writings at Penmachine.com.