@colinwalker this is such a great post Colin. I am fascinated by the concept of outboard memory, the commonplace book. Blogging was always supposed to be the log (of thoughts) you maintain on web.
Over the years it lost its fundamental reason for existence and became something too formal, too complicated.
@amit Yeah, some managed to keep going but I was guilty of letting it become something it shouldn’t. Glad I’m getting back on track now though.
@colinwalker same here. I cared so little on what (& how) I was writing about in my early blogging days, thought so little about everything meta to the posts (the tags, the numbers etc). A thought kindled within was worth jotting. Wish I get back to that level of activity.
@amit My early blogging days (2003 - 2008) were a lot better but I became obsessed with becoming a thought leader and I think that’s why I ended up dropping the blog for a couple of years.
@colinwalker @amit in retrospect, the worst thing to happen to my writing was to have a few “hits” and a suddenly higher subscriber count. I stopped posting until I felt like I had something great to say... which wound up being not posting... Now my followers are gone and I am free to do what I want :)
@akurjata @colinwalker same here. There was a time when some blogs became big suggesting what other blogs should do - SEO, identify audience, gain subscribers, etc. I started focusing more on that, less on actually writing.
@mrkrndvs Thanks for the reply, Aaron. Yes, the way our usage of blogs morphs over time is very interesting to observe.
Don’t know why but I didn’t get a mention at all 😢
@mrkrndvs Looking at your source I see you have p-in-reply-to which I don’t think is valid. Normal usage is u-in-reply-to.