Guest post by Nalden of Present Plus – first published on https://medium.com – you can find the original here.
Browse slow homie.
I used to be an avid blogger sharing my enthusiasm at a broad spectrum of topics on a day-to-day basis. I loved it and it sparkled excitement to go online, browse the internet and discover something new. Today I’m active on social media, but I don’t feel I am very tuned into what’s happening. I discover less and miss out on a lot while staring at streams with countless information.
Most conversation has moved from blogs to Twitter, and although Twitter is more active than blogs ever were, there are fewer quality conversations and debates taking place as a result of this transition. I’m hoping you’ll join me in a blog revival. – Chris Shiflett (Ideas of March — 2011)
Two years ago,Chris raised his point, but I feel we still need a blog revival. Sure, we have plenty of aggregating services and platforms that ‘curate’ content. Medium became a great place to discover and read compelling stories. But most of them lack personality. Designer Trent Walton shared an interesting perspective on how to see blogs;
There’s something sacred about reading a blog post on someone else’s site. It’s like visiting a friend’s house for a quick meal ‘round the breakfast table. It’s personal— you’re in their space, and the environment is uniquely suited for idea exchange and uninterrupted conversation. In many ways, we should be treating our blogs like our breakfast tables. Be welcoming & gracious when you host, and kind & respectful when visiting. – Trent Walton (Ideas of March — 2011)
For me this touches upon the essence of what makes a blog special. It’s about personality, authenticity and discovery. It seems hard to find such outlets that stick to some of these ‘unofficial rules’ of blogging. Most blogs turned into ‘web-magazines’ spamming readers with a stream of (sponsored) content. When is the last time you found a site with interesting content and a pleasant user experience? And what the f#ck happened to the blogroll? People don’t show their sources anymore, but prefer to keep visitors within their own domain.
We’ve lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we’ve abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. – Anil Dash (The Web We Lost — 2012)
We need this blog revival. Personally, I would prefer the type of blogs that follow guidelines about direct and indirect discovery, like Maria Popova and Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swiss Miss) introduced as The Curator’s Code. Blogs that are approachable and respect us with quality content instead of quantity. Based on discovery within and outside our interests. Moving away from ‘streams of content’ into curated zones motivating you to catch that wave and surf the web.
Sharing is caring.
I think blogs have tremendous value and we should use them to publish our thoughts more often. Nowadays you don’t need a technical background to start sharing thanks to platforms like WordPress, Tumblr or Ghost. No matter the tools you use, it’s about filtering, organising and highlighting the information overload with personality and authenticity. It shows you care.
I’m a big fan of The Slow Web movement. Slow Web is interaction–based, which is why personality and knowledge play a huge part. You see, information passes through you; knowledge dissolves into you. Combining both personality and knowledge beyond 140 characters is more powerful. This is why we all should start blogging, including me.