Have you ever heard the phrase "not to beat a dead horse"? Whether you have, or haven't, that is exactly what I am going to do for the first part of this post.
Not literally of course, instead, I am going to talk once again about the recent flood that @mrsbozz and I had in our basement.
Events like that can be catastrophic and having a plan in place should it happen again or start to happen is very important. I have since purchased a generator to run our sump pump should we lose power and before next spring I intend to have a backup pump installed in case the main one fails like it did this past October.
In the same vein, I think it is equally important that we have a plan in place for Steem and blockchain in general if you are involved in other cryptocurrencies.
I was going through my feed today and I noticed that I haven't seen any posts from @exyle in a while. Sure enough it appears he hasn't posted in 17 days. Which personally is a little creepy for me. He has always been a huge proponent of Steem and it had become habit to read his posts each day. I have no doubt he is probably just enjoying some well deserved time away from the blockchain.
That got me thinking though, what if something happened to me one day and I just disappeared from Steem? My dad is very involved in Flight Simulator. In fact, he used to have friends all over the world that he would fly virtually with. There was a time a while ago that my dad suffered a hemorrhage in his brain and while he was in the hospital my mom tasked me with getting in touch with his friends to let them know what was going on.
Don't get me wrong, @mrsbozz is pretty lights out when it comes to general technology stuff. Working together in the same school district most of the teachers in her building come to her for answers before they even think of emailing me.
Sure, she has an account on Steem, but for the most part I do all of the activities with it and manage it. She posts to Actifit with her daily steps, but beyond that, even though she has the skill, she really has no desire to be involved in Steem or Steemit or any other front end.
So that brings me back to the question, what happens if something happens to me? At the current price of Steem, my account really isn't worth too much. What if that changes? With me gone or otherwise incapacitated, there could be thousands of dollars sitting in the "ether"(see what I did there).
Lucky for us, her cousin is a blockchain wizard and he would probably be able to help out, but what about people who don't have someone like that? What about those who are single or whose spouse has no desire to learn about blockchain? Do you have a disaster plan?
Ideally, I would stress to @mrsbozz how much she needs to sit down with me and at least understand what the different keys are for and how to power down or convert to fiat if necessary.
Along with that, I think it would be important for her to understand Discord so she could maybe post a message to some of the servers I am a member of and friends that I have direct message history with.
Like most things we tend to put stuff like that off. Then when it really matters it is too late.