now and again on youtube you get recommended a video thats inexplicably from 10 years ago and its like, extremely poor quality but much nicer than anything on youtube now, itll be like some friends making a music video to their favorite song in their parents kitchen in 240p 12fps, and theyll all have extremely 2008 eye makeup, and theyre just doin it because its fun and putting it online
i feel like 10-15 years ago the web was a lot more mundane. there were less people on the internet, everyone was just someone else who was sitting at a desktop computer doing nothing. pretty much every image you saw on the web was taken on a compact digital camera in someones poorly-lit living room and then edited using microsoft paint, and then put up onto a forum a couple days later. nobody was vlogging on a skateboard. there wasnt that much to talk about. pace of life seemed slower
there just wasnt so much stuff back then. it wasnt even very long ago at all!!! whenever anything on the internet happened, which was about once every 10 days, everybody was like "ah have you seen the new thing, here let me send it to you" an dyou'd be like "haha thats cool" because it was. now everythings cool and nothings cool. i bet in another 10 years it'll've got even worse and we'll be like "ah 2019 the golden fucking age, the internet was so sedate"
last summer i started going for 1-2 hour walks in the mornings or evenings. just along the beach or whatever. i've noticed that i find it easier to feel happy, or at least centered and calm, when i take time to deeply appreciate a small number of small things, rather than be bombarded (or bombard myself) with a large number of big, important-seeming things that i only see on a surface level. the internet used to feel like the former but now my experience is the latter, and it's inescapable!!!!!
it's funny because i remember the feeling, maybe 10 years ago, the feeling of just wanting lots of content, lots of updates, i wanted to be jacked in there, into the internet, i wanted all the updates, RSS updates, IRC rooms buzzing, i wanted that feeling of connection to the world, so that when whatever happened i'd be the first to see it. i felt so alive!! so ONLINE! but in reality nothing ever even happened! now these days, everythings happening all the fuckin time and i HATE it
@jk Why don't you just do blog posts based on your threads?
That way you get the reach of social media with the threads but can still refer people to a polished version on your blog which would also serve as the authoritative place to read your thought-out stuff (without getting the social media noise).
I think this might also be a good way make a habit out of writing blog posts, but haven't tested that particular hypothesis yet. :P
@phryk maybe! i don't really feel that my thoughts are that valuable? and i kinda doubt that many people would read it or be interested in it? like, other than "looking up something for some explicit purpose and i found someone's blog about it" i probably read 4 blog articles per week, maybe less. i feel like i'd want to have a lot of exciting or interesting things to say, and i don't really know if i do. if i had some certainty about how to improve the world i'd write about that, but i don't
@phryk i think whenever i write shorter things they're pretty much contextless thoughts that are just a kind of "huh, thats interesting" which fit in a toot but seem trite to put on a blog, but any longer things always end up sounding like i'm trying to construct or promote some kind of consistent theory about how things are, and to be honest i don't think i do have any consistent theories about anything. it'd just be an exercise in pretending that i do, in order to write a whole post
@phryk i could write stories about things that happened to me in my life, but my life has been mercifully boring in the ways that matter narratively, and i'm relatively young so not many things have really happened for me to talk about. so really the only kinda blogging i see other than that, is people who seem to have a lot of considered opinions about things and think they're correct (or can't help but talk as if they do) and i don't wanna be one of those people either!
@jk I've always seen blogging as an archive/diary kind of thing.
You don't post because you think you've written a scientifically consistent theory of anything, but to put down your thoughts in writing.
It provides a permanent place for people to give feedback about your thoughts and for yourself to check back later and see whether your thoughts from back then still hold up or you have changed/grown since then.
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