In a recent piece for The Verge, Monique Judge made a pretty compelling argument on behalf of the personal blog. We’ve all been talking for years now about the cracks and rot forming in most/many social media platforms. But what if what’s next is what came before? Especially poignant is the way Judge links personal blogging to community building. It all made me a little teary-eyed for the days when I used to open up my computer and check my favorite sites and blogs, all of which I had bookmarked in my browser. Launching my tabs to check on Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, Waiter rant, The Sartorialist, even Perez Hilton (I must admit), was definitely more satisfying (and far less chaotic) than opening up Twitter.
Some of my faves still going strong today (BoingBoing, and a few others).
At the end of the day, we don’t know what is going to happen next with Twitter or any of these platforms. We don’t know what changes Web 3.0 is going to bring to the internet. We do know that we will all still be here, wanting to share our thoughts, talk about anything and everything, and commune with our people. Personal blogging is the simplest and fastest way to do all of that.
Buy that domain name. Carve your space out on the web. Tell your stories, build your community, and talk to your people. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It doesn’t need to duplicate any space that already exists on the web — in fact, it shouldn’t. This is your creation. It’s your expression. It should reflect you.