Jason Kottke wrote for Nieman Journalism Lab an opinion piece, that along with the additional notes he added on on his personal blog, I mostly agree with. The roles that blogs grew to take on during their heyday (when was that really?), have been largely subsumed by social networks and open micro-blogging ecosystems these past few years. But that’s no reason to stop, and like him, I’ll be doing this for a long time going forward.
This form of web publishing has provided me opportunities to make connections and friendships from across the world. It has helped provide me a means of sharing what I’m passionate about and to learn from those who care about the same. It has given me a place to experiment with multiple publishing platforms and idioms over the years, in a challenging, exciting environment, that is still filled with promise, the open Web. And it has been a place where I can build something, make something, that at times gave me a way to give back to my community.
I’m going to keep on, keeping on (along with a lot of my friends who are doing the same).
Glad to hear you’re continuing.
I think we’re going to see more people deciding that, though social media has its place, there’s nothing like having one’s own home.
I hope you’re right. I’m still going to promote and continue blogging and personal web publishing for that very reason – this is my home here on the Web 🙂
Facebook, Twitter, and other services make it so much easier to express and connect, the rational for many is not to go thru the effort this takes.
What do you think could change the balance back to personal tools?