I miss when blogging was about you.
And by you, I mean the person behind the blog, the writer. It was personal. It was people writing about all aspects of their lives.
In the early days of blogging, people wrote about kids, cooking, tv, books and of course, politics but almost every blog was peppered with real emotional expression. People were not afraid to put their heart on a webpage.
Now it seems every blog must have a theme. You must 'focus' your brand. Are you a food blogger? A parent blogger? A tech blogger?
Over 10 years ago, I was a life blogger and the landscape has drastically changed. I miss life bloggers.
(I also miss webrings, but that's neither here nor there.)
We aren't brands. We're people. Humans - meat-bags with emotions. I want to know what people think and feel about their world - our world. It's sad that the idea of a blog as a diary or social commentary is looked down upon and viewed as something only teens or overly emotional adults do.
Everything we write must now be carefully cultivated to fit some kind of arbitrary internet professionalism where snark is welcome but emotions are not.
That is, of course, if you actually write. After all, why write when you can REBLOG ALL CONTENT?
And by content I mean pictures of cats.
And it's not like I don't enjoy a good Tumble but most often all Tumblr tells me about someone is that they like lols... lolz.... lulz... whatever.
When all you do is reblog the world misses out on your unique view and when all you do is follow one topic the world misses out on your views of unique things. You don't need a hook, let stream-of-consciousness be your hook.
The internet should remain that one place where we are allowed to be whole and complete people with a variety of interests and a canvas of emotions. On one level we idealize artists, poets, writers, actors who are nothing but emotional. The 'net is full of the drama of celebutants and yet we shun that kind of expression in our own 'practical' world. That is what the internet is becoming - practical and every day and every meme is a regurgitation of the one before it.
Feelings matter. The way day to day trials personally impact us matters.
The internet is about connecting and expanding. It should never be about fitting in.