Livejournal did such a great job of destroying itself. The communities, the friends-pages, the privacy, the customisation! So much that has been lost and not recovered in its entirety by any other platform. Facebook and Twitter, battered by algorithms. Tumblr and Instagram, not really the right platform for words. And all of them so full of ads and noise that any wordier content gets lost. Blogging sites (like this) give a platform but without communities it feels harder to actually have a community, and part of me wonders how long it’ll be before this too feels like warbling into a void.
Still, here we are! I’m tired of missing people’s life updates due to fickle codes dictating what content I get to see. I’m tired of forgetting my own events and thoughts, since twitter’s fast pace makes it difficult for me to go back and reread my own tweets from previous weeks, months, years. And now that I have a tiny human to take care of, my ability to be omnipresent in the twitterverse and keep up with the latest happenings is limited. I need something a little slower-paced, something that I can approach in my own time, when I have time. And so, it is time to see if I can relearn the forgotten* art of blogging.
If anyone out there is inclined to comment, let me ask you (feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like):
- How do you decide what topic to blog about?
- If your blog has A Theme, how did you arrive at that subject?
- What motivates you to put pen to paper (fingers to keys)?
- What determines which blogs you regularly read/actively subscribe to?
*huge respect to all you pro bloggers out there