You should have a personal website

Reading Mark Christian’s article “You should have a personal website” tonight was an enlightening reminder. Go check it out, then come back.

The article reminded me that I had a personal website here at Kintobor. In 2018 I was on sabbatical, and needed an outlet for my energy. So I started a weekly wrap up blog of links, videos, cool stuff, fun things I’d found. At the end of 2018 I returned to full-time work, my life became richer with things I was doing IRL, and I eventually felt the obligation of publishing a wrapup post each week to be too overwhelming.

So Kintobor, like many other blogs over the years, was abandoned by it’s creator.

But that didn’t mean that I’d stopped seeing value and joy in having a corner of the internet that was mine to do with as I pleased. It just meant I’d put myself in a publishing pressure cooker of my own making. And I didn’t really like that. So I stopped.

Back in the early noughties, blogs were cool. Blogs then were like podcasts are now. The similarities between the two content forms are striking: everyone is doing it, no one knows what they are doing, people are inventing new things all the time, and it’s a wild west of discovery. There are a few ways to find them. But the most interesting ones, the edge cases, the crazy value that makes it all worth while – those are hard to find. But they exist.

The idea of a place of your own on the internet representing the blogger’s “narcissistic egocentricity” has surely gone away. We’re far beyond the days when a kid with a laptop and an opinion could publish to the internet, hoping to get seen. Now it’s anyone with a smartphone. The blogosphere evolved into the social networks. Faster, leaner, with more features and less barrier to entry.

But the networks aren’t what they used to be. Sometimes you just want to embrace the nostalgia of an era that’s gone, and listen to tapes and records instead of digital streams. So the idea of a corner of the internet that is mine still lingers. I like it. I like the simplicity and comfort of it.

So here’s my little space. Let’s see what it turns into, shall we?

I’m wondering what Twitter can do for me…is it a fad, or is it extremely powerful?— Adam Corney (@corney) April 15, 2008