Tim Bray, Blogging in 2017:
I wonder what the Web will be like when we’re a couple more generations in? I’m pretty sure that as long as it remains easy to fill a little bit of the great namespace with your words and pictures, people will.
The great danger is that the Web’s future is mall-like: No space really public, no storefronts but national brands’, no visuals composed by amateurs, nothing that’s on offer just for its own sake, and for love.
This is the true value I find in reading indie blogs. They are made by people with a real history and real values. They have a voice and a personality that’s hard to match with an editorial staff and a team of interns. If you stick with them you’re going to develop a relationship to the writing that pays dividends.
Keeping a personal blog in 2017 feels relatively futile. But while everyone else is
storing throwing their stories, artifacts, thoughts and meanings into the stream for others to consume on their phones while taking a dump or bored at lunch or while cosuming some other media entirely, those of us who store our work on actual domains do it for ourselves–and our legacy. And while permalinks may–and do–rot faster than last week’s bananas, the content is still here.