Looking back at the “” of pre-social media blogging.
One of the things that’s striking reading this — and remembering how things used to be in Ye Oldene Dayes — is just how many small, interesting services no longer exist. They pretty much uniformly got bought out by one of the big players (mostly Google, sometimes Facebook) and either dismantled or vanished into the silo of walled-garden social media, or both. The web is now much more consolidated and much more boring but also, conversely, weirdly fragmented because of it. It is legitimately hard to find independent blogs nowadays in the way it wasn’t ten or even twenty years ago, when there were far fewer out there but also far more services designed to try and connect you to them . . .