Now I do not want to seem morbid but what happens to our AC accounts when we…. die? One day while I was in a particularly pensive mood, I wondered quietly about what happens to my account in the event of my death? It certainly is a fact of life that one day my keyboard will be silenced when my fingers no longer glide over its keys typing madly and euphorically, sharing inner thoughts and facts that are swirling dizzily within the confines of my mind. As I contemplated this subject, I developed a list of things I would do to make it easy for my survivors to handle my AC account in the event of my untimely departure from this earth. We all realize that whatever is floating around the worldwide web will be forever there and it is an astounding thought that our writings will most likely be read by posterity long after we pass from this earthly scene. The following steps are what I plan to implement before I take leave of this world and vacate my place in the Associated Content community. Consider it a “last will and testament” if you will. We don’t want to be too serious about this matter so we will inject a touch of humor as we share our thoughts on this topic. The first order of business I will do is to select a trusted family member (hereafter referred to as my TFM) to handle my AC affairs after my demise.
1. I will Instruct my TFM to notify AC of my earthly departure. I do not know what the response would be from the powers that be but I am sure if a note were posted concerning my passing, it would elicit a slight flurry of condolences from fans and followers or at least I would like to think so. I would inform my TFM to watch for the posting of the Performance Bonus each second Wednesday. Just maybe there would be a surge of page views with a huge performance bonus waiting at rainbow’s end that would outdo any performance bonus payments received during my lifetime. Wouldn’t that be a marvelous tribute!
2. I will give my password information to my TFM so that they can benefit from whatever earnings I have accumulated in my account. Goodness knows there will hardly be enough for anyone to fight over but whatever the amount, it should be withdrawn rather than remain sitting in my account unused and inaccessible. Perhaps there would be enough in my account to finance a going away party in my honor!
3.The final act of my TFM member is to close the account of Annette Robbins, AC contributor, as I rest in peace. Hopefully my legacy and influence will live on through my written word for a few light years into infinity. I would consider that to be a worthy reward for all the time spent editing, proofreading and enduring the occasional AC rejection of my articles which helped me to improve my writing.
Given my whimsical account of what will happen when I pass from this earthly scene, do you ever wonder what has happened to writers whose last article was written two or three years ago or whose writings abruptly stopped? Are they ill, have they quit AC, have they passed on to the next life? Our imagination could run wild. Is there a protocol in place for when we pass? I have searched the FAQ section of Associated Content and have not found a definitive answer. What I do know is that I will have my TFM attend to my AC affairs so when my keyboard is silenced and the final article is published you won’t have to wonder about whatever happened to Annette Robbins!
When I’m gone, do me a favor and keep reading my articles. Leave numerous comments so my performance bonus will increase far beyond my wildest heavenly expectations. Know that if I do not respond to your comments, it merely means that I am indisposed for all time. Please be understanding because I will not be able to say ” leave a message and I’ll get back to you” but feel free to read my articles to your heart’s content and comment with glee knowing I will not issue any rebuttals. Now that I have put my AC affairs in order, I can get back to the mundane tasks at hand. Write on!