With Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, blogging might not make much sense anymore.
But I’m trying it out again.
I say again because I used to blog (on good old Blogger), but then I stopped as I posted more and more of my stuff to services like Flickr and Medium and Behance and dozens of others.
But I’ve been trying to reduce my digital footprint these days, and giving away my thoughts and favorite posts and pictures to a big smattering companies doesn’t make sense.
Also, those companies are basically walled castles, open only to their respective users.
That said, everything on the Internet (all your emails, text messages, and so on) must go through a big company in order to even exist. That’s just how the Internet works.
So the question for me really is: which companies do I trust most with my thoughts?
My answers for now are Apple, Squarespace, and Instagram.
Apple has its issues, but for the most part seems to value its users in a real way because we are harder to win (we have to buy hardware, after all) and therefore are more valuable.
I haven’t heard anything bad about Squarespace. Ignorance is bliss?
And I know, I know, Instagram is owned by Facebook. I really wish I could find an alternative for it. But there is none.
I wish I trusted AT&T more, but I don’t have any choice in that matter.
Same with Time Warner (now Spectrum)—I’m stuck with them whether I like it or not.
Facebook and Twitter have proven themselves toxic, so I won’t put anything there.
Jury’s out on Medium.
For all other services? I’ve deleted my accounts.
The reason I’m blogging again is actually emotional—there’s something nice about visiting people’s websites again like we used to back in the day.
Visiting someone’s website is like hanging out in their dorm room. Feels more personal. It also feels slower.
Moving slower is very important for me these days.
Visiting someone’s website is super different from Facebook or Twitter, which tends to commoditize and genericize people down to data that expires in a flash.
So I guess welcome to my blog! Look around. Take your time.
It’s nice to have you. :)