By P. Todd Decker
Today I turn a new page. Well, really, back to an old page.
Long ago in the late 1990s I started maintaining a “web log” (as it was called back then) on my hand maintained, static HTML, web site. It was my horrible attempt at what quickly became coined a ‘blog’ and I just as quickly let it go stale. At the time, blog entries seemed to be something one spent huge amounts of time to craft, edit, tweak, and publish. I didn’t take that time. And, it seemed too narcissistic.
Later I tried again with a site dubbed “Rambling Mind Blasts.” I had changed my philosophy and felt that perhaps blogs were about quick thoughts and passing fancies. Something that did not have to be perfect and could be quickly published. I had grand plans for writing some code to dynamically generate the pages, archives, calendar views, etc. But, it too was hand maintained, other projects had greater priority, and it quickly faded.
Facebook by now had opened up to the public and I no longer needing to be a student for an account. Friendster had died. MySpace was fading fast. Blogger was coming along. Then Twitter. And, Tumblr. Even LinkedIn has slowly gained its ability to support posts. I won’t even mention Instagram and Foursquare. All in all many tools competing to be the mouthpiece of the social voice.
So, I am changing that.
Going forward, I am going back to the concept of a private blog–this time with a distribution twist. Any content I develop will live in my own personal space–this new incarnation of Rambling Mind Blasts. But, I will still echo the content in the public social networks by providing links back to my space. My posts still have visibility in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr but they redirect back here. Back to my house. Where I control what happens to it, how much is retained, how it looks, and how it feels. And, as commercial social nets come and go, wax and wane, adjust policies, change strategies, evolve, and devolve, Rambling Mind Blasts will maintain its independence.
Welcome back to the future.