Does anyone remember the Y2K threat about the internet going dark because of some kind of virus? Does anyone remember that when it didn't happen then suddenly someone popped up and said it wasn't supposed to happen in the year 2000 but much later? Like 2011?
Well, guess what? For the last couple of weeks it has "felt like" it has finally started to happen. I've read time after time people complaining about not being able to make comments..... even on their own blogs. I've had the same problem here too. Also, I can get some email, some of the time. I can send emails, some of the time. Other times I can't.
Some bloggers are thinking they may give up blogging because no one is commenting to them. If you are not able to send me comments.... it's ok. I can't always send comments either. For the moment I can't answer comments even if some do get through to me. I wrote a grouchy post about it a couple of days ago. That was before I noticed so many having the same problem all around the world.
No, I don't really believe that the Y2K virus.... that was later predicted to happen in 2011.... has finally come. But, the problem sure must be one really big headache for the owners and workers of Blogger right about now. Can you imagine them all huddled around a computer screen trying to track down the problem?
Some of the issues may be related to weather problems too. Many places have lost not only power but whole buildings in storms and floods and fires. How many of those places are connection points for the strings of the world wide web? If the web breaks, it takes awhile to get it built back.
I can't help but wonder..... how many people relying on the internet would become lost if it suddenly did shut down completely? How much communication would come to a halt? Many of us have formed small internet communities as we read the blogs of others or they read ours. Many of us belong to email lists and have many friends there. There are other friendships formed on things like twitter and facebook and other ways.
If everyone woke up in the morning and there was no more internet what would we do? Would you be able to contact your long time internet friends the old fashioned way with a pencil and paper? I don't think I would be able to contact more than a couple of people. Would you go through an internet withdrawal? I probably would because I read several blogs. Not all of them every day but I get to each of them every few days.
Ok, my thoughts are starting to get a little too deep and scary for me. Thinking "what if" doesn't do much good except for emergency preparedness. For now, I'm just going to keep on writing and keep on reading. There will be plenty of time for comments when the issues have all been cleared up.
Hmm.... just in case.... let me say how much I appreciate each and every one of my readers!