The blogosphere has become a social network of people writing about similar interests, like politics, food, religion and fashion. The Champion family stays connected through their blogs to remember their brother, son and fellow blogger, Cal Poly mechanical engineering sophomore Chris Champion, who died after a three-year battle with bone cancer in August.
Champion began his blog, kooseefoo.com, in August 2007 to keep his family and friends updated on his progress with his illness. The ‘self-proclaimed geek,’ as his girlfriend Emily Barber referred to him, hoped that his blog would be a testament to others to show how God was present in his life.
“Chris and I both told each other that all the hardships, pain and suffering would be worth it if his testimony led even one person to God. That’s how amazing he was; he was willing to give his life for the sake of a single soul. And he did,” Barber said.
Even after his death, Champion’s blog still has followers. On a post called, “What Happens When I Don’t Pay Attention in Church,” archived under ‘popular content,’ a comment was left in September, two months after he died, by someone who had never met him.
Hundreds of people followed his blog from all over the world, Barber said.
“I think he knows better than any of us now just how many people his life is affecting and will affect in the future,” Barber said.