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A future filled with words

I began blogging before the word had become part of the common vernacular. In the early days, people wrote about their day – their life. Online journals formed the basis of LiveJournal, DiaryLand, and Blogger. Any thoughts of blogs covering niche subjects such as cooking, parenting, fashion, or beauty products were years away.

While I count myself among that “first wave” – that shared mundane moments of their daily life with the passing crowd, I can’t help feeling that it’s almost become a game of last-man-standing. The social networks and walled gardens have seduced the majority. Perhaps that’s the real driver behind the creation of this blog – an outpost of sorts, standing almost alone in the internet ocean. Me, railing at Windmills (how many more badly distorted literary references can I conjure?).

Writing online has become the Emperor’s New Clothes (and there’s another one). Everyone has been brainwashed to believe that writing online should be short, snappy, direct, regular, and focused. Forgive me for saying it, but that’s a sausage machine, and all they’re good at is churning out the same crap – again, and again – predictably.

Who wants to be predictable? Who wants to be the same?

I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this – but perhaps that’s the point. I’m writing freestyle, with no aim, and no direction. What you’re reading is almost a direct transcript of my thoughts as they left my brain, rolled through my fingers and appeared on the screen. The improvised stage play versus the edited movie.

I am reminded of “Finding Forrester”, where the reclusive author sits his student in front of a typewriter and instructs him to write. Not to think – just to write – write anything. It’s a similar idea to National Novel Writing Month, where quantity is valued over quality. There will be a lot of garbage, there might also be brilliance.

Perhaps I do have a direction here.

Sometimes I write a few words, sometimes I write a few pages. Long, meandering streams of thought. By wrestling your way through them you get to know me a little better – or at least better than you might through a photo of a cat, a quote of a philosopher, or a transcribed conversation from a television show.

Here’s to a future filled with words.

17 replies on “A future filled with words”

I started back in the early days as well. Matter of fact, I’ve outlived most of those sites…. which could be a testament to my stubbornness or more likely, the only way they could get rid of me. I still post the drivel of my everyday life, what’s extraordinary is the fact that anyone wants to keep reading it.
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We all find our own paths when its comes to personal blogging. I’ve been around forever too and have seen so many people come and go. I carry on writing what I want to say, not what the experts tell me I’m supposed to be writing about to increase my engagement… or whatever BS term is currently popular. Ever onward, say I.

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The beauty of blogging is that you can say what you want without having to cater to a crowd that agrees with you. Sending something out there that might cause people to think, consider differently what they think, open themselves to new ideas and perspectives, and stop living in bubbles of self-created self-importance who don’t ever think they could consider differently. Yeah, I’ve got opinions, too.

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Micro blogging on social media does seem more popular now but for me it never replaces a traditional blog. So were you on LJ at the beginning then or when we met there, was that your first visit and you stepped into LJ blog waters later? Or another story over it? I’ve sometimes thought about being a niche blogger, too but I hope to be a niche podcaster instead.

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I was at LiveJournal *very* early in their development – I was/am friends with a girl that worked in San Francisco back when it all started – she knew several of the devs that built the early platforms. Almost by accident I followed her to both LiveJournal and WordPress. Back in the early days people used Pyra Labs Blogger scripts to built out their sites.

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I’m still laughing about the “sausage machine”. For some reason many of my newsletters from Medium feel like I’m reading the same headline said with tiny differences. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great articles over there…I just seem to have to dig for the ones that don’t sound like churned out fluff.

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I started out on Open Diary 20 years ago and am still at it, slinging out my daily drivel. I guess at this point it’s such an ingrained habit I’ll be posting from my deathbed.

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I’m new to blogging and I’ve been fretting lately that I need to find a niche instead of writing whatever interests me at the moment, it’s good to know I don’t have to become a sausage machine, I think I’d struggle with a niche!

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I wholeheartedly agree – it’s much better to write whatever comes to you than to try to fit in with the mainstream or try to get popular. Posts like yours come across as more authentic. I much prefer reading about the random happenings of people’s lives (the cooking misadventures, awkward conversations, justifications for procrastinating, curious ponderings, obscure ideas, and plain old simple pleasures)

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