Remembering early blogs

October 01, 2020

What is it, day #3 of my break from social media? I’m not sure. But instead of mindlessly zoning out to one of my social media feeds after work as I usually did, I decided to get back to the sites I left open on my phone to get back to later that had been sitting there for weeks. One of them was a series about the history of the web and immediately, I got hooked.

What struck me most was the part about the early blogs, halfway through the third post where the author talks about the quirky personal sites that people built in the early days of web before the mostly centralized web of today. As an early blogger wrote,

“What’s so great about the web is I was able to go out there and talk about what I care about, what I feel strongly about and people responded to it. Because every high school’s got a poet, whether it’s a rich high school or a poor high school, you know, they got somebody that’s in to writing, that’s in to getting people to tell their stories. You give them access to this technology and all of a sudden they’re telling stories to people in Israel, to people in Japan, to people in their own town that they never would have been able to talk to. And that’s, you know, that’s a revolution.”

For some reason, I always romanticized this era where people just built sites however they liked and could, to express themselves and their ideas in their own unique way. This blog is definitely my way of getting back to that time, away from the dominant spaces of today that limit how we express ourselves and shift our focus onto seeking validation instead of creating for the sake of creating.

I love getting lost on the web, to stumble on small sites and blogs and then onto even more sites through them. I’m not sure whether I am the only one but usually when I “stumble upon” a site, I absorb it - reading every post until I’ve read them all or gotten tired of reading. and after each post, I start to see a person behind it, another human with highs and lows just like me. However, what I usually feel on social media is jealously or envy, at how well someone else seems to be doing and how my life is falling apart. Out of all the reasons I dislike social media, this is possibly the biggest one. The fact that it prevented maybe millions of people from expressing themselves in their own way by giving them a easy way out.

and with that I got to say, I am liking my time off the grid so far. 😄