I’ve been thinking about bringing my blog back for a while and now is the time. I’m admittedly entering some known territory with this, as the other 3 blogs that I’ve started have gone by the wayside. But a lot has changed since my last one went away. I became a dad, first of all. I started running a lot, while sadly music has taken a back seat. And the world has changed, as it often does.
When i started my LiveJournal in 2003(?) (don’t try to find it, it’s long gone), it was obvious what it was about, journaling about being freshly out of college, worried about my friend in Iraq who was also livejournaling from Baghdad (which was insane), partying too much, and trying to live on a barista salary in Seattle. I didn’t post much, but it got my feet wet. 5 years later I started a music blog on Blogger. Social media was starting to coalesce into a thing. Everything in my life centered around music. I wrote about going to Bonnaroo, my favorite Coltrane albums, new music I liked. A couple years after that I merged it onto this domain. Instead I stopped writing about music, my favorite thing in the world, and instead started writing about technology and this new thing called social media, which was a mistake. Social Media took over my career and my life, for better and for worse. Working in social media in 2008 – 2011 was exciting and exhausting. Glad I did it, glad it’s over. There was intoxicating optimism that a piece of technology could change the world, topple dictators, fix customer service, shine light on the idiots. Even though I was working in business, it still felt like I was helping make the world a more responsible place. 5 years later, we would learn that social media wasn’t the salve the world needed. Instead autocrats found it.
It’s now the end of 2010s. As I mentioned, I’ve become a dad, I’m getting close to 40, and I’ve found peace in going to bed at 10pm. Starting this blog for me is another step in my journey the last couple of years at trying to be healthier. I want a place to share content again where I don’t feel like I’m the product. So that’s why I’m doing this. Going back in time to something that worked before feels like the only solution. The open web thrived for years. It thrived in new startups, and connections between smaller companies. It wasn’t dominated by just a couple of companies.
Since I was a teenager, I’ve had an account on just about every site going back to the internet’s modern birth in 1995. 24 years later I don’t trust the major internet companies anymore. I have no reason to. So I want to be a part of the movement away from followers, likes, comments, and ad supported products.
If nothing else, I hope to encourage others to think about the web as an open place again. A place where everybody has access to write what they believe, unafraid of algorithms.