Everyone uses some form of them. It's half in everything. It's absorbed into the net and now it's different. So, in this new age of click-bait titles and web number-sign or point something, inside this old publishing app that's been collecting dust since 2014, my vain, unproductive, and currently most pressing concern, is why would I have a blog? How did it get here, and should it still be a thing?
Before social media and content aggregators became the norm, blogs were the great threads of art on the internet. There wasn't a default place for art. Some people had personal art websites, and others posted on forums. Forums are a little long in the tooth now, but they used to be king. If you didn't want to invest in hosting a site, but you still wanted a little slice of the internet to call your own, you could go to a forum and post to a personal thread or profile gallery. But if you were really serious, you had a personal website, maybe even an ftp. Blogs were the middle ground. They were free, optionally networked, and you could still design it to look professional.
Artists still host personal websites, but it's not so relevant anymore. A personal websites as an online portfolio goes unnoticed. And as art statements, it's probably wanting. Blog-rings are like forgotten civilizations now. Some artists still blog seriously and there are still some great artist blogs out there. But this format is archaic. It's more aesthetic than function now. Why blog when you can Medium? Why be a person when you can be a corporation? Why ftp when - nope, ftp is still rad.
There are so many ways to carve your own slice of online now that it makes me want to blog just to rebel. And really, that’s all the reason I need. Blogging is still treacherous. Sooner or later I will drop the ball again, I will definitely sound dumb, and somebody will be offended by what I write. I may regret it, but I’m going to fire this up again and see where it goes, because it’s always been cooler to be uncool.
How do you turn this on?