Andrew Olmsteadwas a US soldier and blogger who fought in Iraq.
He died last year.
As part of his will he requested that his Last Post be added to his blog after his death.
Have a read of it, whatever you think about the war it is a profoundly moving piece of literature. It's also funny, in a bitter-sweet way.
"If you have it, throw 'Freedom Isn't Free' from the Team America soundtrack in; if you can't laugh at that song, I think you need to lighten up a little. I'm dead, but if you're reading this, you're not, so take a moment to enjoy that happy fact"
"Believe it or not, one of the things I will miss most is not being able to blog any longer. The ability to put my thoughts on (virtual) paper and put them where people can read and respond to them has been marvelous, even if most people who have read my writings haven't agreed with them. If there is any hope for the long term success of democracy, it will be if people agree to listen to and try to understand their political opponents rather than simply seeking to crush them...Blogging put me in touch with an inordinate number of smart people, an exhilarating if humbling experience. When I was young, I was smart, but the older I got, the more I realized just how dumb I was in comparison to truly smart people. But, to my credit, I think, I was at least smart enough to pay attention to the people with real brains and even occasionally learn something from them. It has been joy and a pleasure having the opportunity to do this"
Andrew said that as a blogger he wanted to make sure that he could "have the last word".
Made me think about death in a web 2.0 world.
I wonder if this kind of blogging goodbye from beyond the grave will become more usual as we all live our lives online through blogs and social networks?
Sorry if this sounds like a morose post.