Just as Dave Winer is preparing to blogmothball Scripting News at the end of the year, Mark Pilgrim returns from his online hiatus. Coincidence? I think not.
I'd love to just delete and start over. Kind of like life, start completely over. But there's the guilt: what about linkrot? Web 2.0? We need a blog graveyard for poeple who want to quit, really quit, sell the domain and all, but with a clear conscience.
Blog undertaker to the rescue! Pay Dr. Web (or typepad, technorati, whomever,) a one-time fee to suck your archives down via the virtual hearse to disk. Future searchers, followers of del.ici.ous tags, bookmarks and such, can search two webs: the live one, and the dead. Encounter a webroad-ends-here (as Shelley fears "each time I drop something, even more 404s result")? You'll have an option: see if it's in the dead-web, abstract for free, full blog post plus links for a small fee. Like Lexis-Nexis.
Surely, someone like the Internet Archive is already doing this. They probably are. If not, be my guest -- or my thief, as it were -- steal this idea and give it a shot.