Tuesday, April 28, 2009

blueful fades

I never had a clear conception for how blueful would end. It clearly couldn't last forever, both because of postage expenses and the difficulty of maintaining the continually breaking links, as the web's busy pedants slowly report each nodes as off-topic or violating terms of use. I suppose I imagined that eventually I would just take the whole thing down, close the exhibit, as it were, and that would be the end.

Well, except I didn't really realize how popular it would become. (There have been literary critiques, at least one homage, and Google is up to 7,740 hits-- there were 114 the day I began the project.) And blueful has become part of Blue Lacuna's history, too-- one of the reasons I've been dragging my heels about pulling the plug.

So blueful has been tweaked and is now in its "archive edition." As pages go down, users will report the broken links, and I'll replace that node with a screenshot of that page at its prime... continually fading away (clicking the image will bring it back, if only temporarily). At the end, you'll be able to see a photo of your chosen postcard-- a poor, if closure-providing substitute for the original ending. Thus it will continue to slowly fade away, but the story will remain accessible for those just discovering it.

1 comment:

Scixual said...

Wow, nice way to wrap it up.