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Artist, Heather Oliver             

Whither Blogging and Personal Websites?

As our time and stamina have been consumed by attempts to survive the increasing instability in our world, social media have also shortened our attention span. Things change fast online, and it’s possible that the constant rapid scrollings and headline browsings are making our behavior revert to gatherer-hunter fight-or-flight reflexes.

With the advent of Tumblr and Medium, long entries on WordPress blogs were deemed passé, TLDR. Many bloggers fell silent, went communal, or funneled their content into paywalled Patreons and Substacks. However, the recent implosion of Twitter has made longer writing come somewhat back into fashion — though “longer” usually means the 500 characters allowed on Mastodon, rather than essay-length musings.

In my case, the avalanche of tasks in the last three years as well as an infrastructure-mandated overhaul of my entire website led to mostly silence on my blog in 2021 and 2022. My readers, understandably, wandered away. I also found myself wondering if I still have anything worthwhile to say: I started the blog in 2006, wrote slews of posts on the fleet of subjects that interest me, and I’m now firmly in my third youth. It’s harder to get excited (or annoyed) sufficiently to craft lengthy articles and find fitting accompanying images.

But I missed writing on the blog sorely, just as I missed the small but wonderful community that had grown organically around it and around the constellations of subjects it explored. So I’ve decided to see if we can once again gather around this hearth and share stories until the time comes for the long sleep.

10 Responses to “Whither Blogging and Personal Websites?”

  1. intrigued_scribe says:

    This has always been a lovely bonfire to gather around, above all for the conversations and engaging food for thought. 🙂 I’m glad to see you’ll be posting here again!

  2. Athena says:

    And I’m delighted you’re here, my dear!

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  4. MFennVT says:

    Looking forward to more blog posts from you!

  5. Athena says:

    Delighted to have you here!

  6. Calvin says:

    Looking forward to it!

  7. Athena says:

    I’m hopeful!

  8. Alexiares says:

    Hooray! I am not an original early commenter and stumbled on your site just as your blog was going into its pandemic quiet period. Nevertheless, I have been stubbornly keeping your site in my bookmarks all this time with fingers crossed that you would be able and willing to post again. 🙂 Hence a quick comment to contribute encouragement and appreciation.

    Eagerly updating my rss reader settings now!

  9. Athena says:

    Thank you for keeping me in mind! I will do my best to deserve the appreciation and loyalty.