I started my first blog in college. Back in those days, blogging platforms didn’t even have commenting functionality yet. As a result, holding conversations meant carrying them across multiple blogs and using stat trackers to follow them. Awkward and clunky? Absolutely. Hilarious and eventful due to the highly public platform? Always.
In the years since, I’ve open many blogs and closed them. Anime, TV shows, life, books, writing–no topic was safe. I watched blogging become a commercial vehicle for businesses, large and small. I watched blogging become a way for people to monetize things like cooking and fashion. And as the purpose of blogging changed, I watched as it declined and people moved on to other platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr.
To be honest, I miss the days of intensely personal public blogging.
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I’ve never liked Facebook. I adore Twitter, but it’s not the same as blogging. Short, snappy bits don’t satisfy the need for long, thoughtful extrapolations and musings. As for Tumblr, pictures and gif sets are pretty to look at but not my preferred mode of communication. Words are. Tumblr is many things, but an ideal vehicle for longreads? Definitely not.
Where does that leave me?
In 2017, I’ve decided to begin blogging again. The experiment may crash and burn, splutter into inactivity and silence as so many resolutions tend to. On the other hand, it might take flight. It might become something great. Maybe not for the public but at least for me.
In the end, that’s what matters.