[BLOG] Why I blog.
When I started to blog again in 2020 I felt outdated at first. It’s around 15 years ago that I first wrote a blog post as a teenager. One of my favourite blogs from back then is still online – a band blog from the german band Tomte, hosted on Antville. Full of memories. Looking at it today, I see something that went missing during years of Twitter and the Internet of the 2010’s. And no, it’s not nostalgia. It’s more.
The Internet used to be a different place. Remember how we used to style our Myspace pages with crappy CSS code, copy-pasted from dubious sites? Every site looked like an accident, but they were special. There were no companies trying to sell stuff, no cooperate identities, no official posts. Just nicknames, communities, bright colors and a sense of exploration and dedication.
While I used social media in the following years I didn’t realize how boring it became – standardized and ugly. Almost heartless. The worst thing is that it made me feel like it’s everything there is out there. I lost those creative places, I almost thought they ceased to exist. Social Media made me blind to see underground projects and people with dedication (which, as I realized, often happen to avoid social media). It creates the impression that it’s everything there is, but in fact it’s only short-lived information, designed to waste your time.
Rediscover the fire of the real Internet
And then in 2020, during a break from my job, I rediscovered some of the real places on the Internet. Recently I saw the blog from Jeffrey Paul, a security researcher. I was impressed of his site, discovering his views and tech ideas. He, like many others, seems like taking the effort of researching and writing not just because he expects something back, but because of the sake of sharing. He writes:
“This is as much a message to me as it is to you: Write more. Even a few words. Get it out there. Your stupid shower thoughts might just combine with someone else’s to make something really great. Worst case, you take away from someone’s regularly scheduled Instagram-induced-depression-time, which is still better than not writing anything.”
This is cool. It has the same spirit of sharing and curiosity which I felt when I used the Internet as a kid in 2002. And the number of people still sharing their most precious ideas in a fantastic way is greater than you might think. It felt like a parallel universe opened it’s doors for me. It may be difficult to spot, depending on your interests, but exploring is part of the journey.
No, it’s not nostalgia. It’s the spirit of building something – a better world with better ideas, diverse and not facebook-compliant. Ideas, which accompany you longer than a instagramlike. It’s about doing things not in economic interests, not for or with companies, but for the sake of doing what feels right.
It’s important to grant your ideas the right spaces – spaces designed by yourself, the way you want to have it, the way you imagine them. With all their quirks which happen to make them lively. And sometimes, those spaces can be blogs – 100% under your control, reflecting nothing than your views of the world.