On the Merits of Blogging
Dave Winer has a great post over on Wired’s Web Monkey blog regarding the evolution of blogging. I found this passage particularly astute:
Anyway, even if I was invited to participate, all I would do is post a pointer to this blog post. Because here I own the editorial tools and can make them work any way I want to. There is no 140-character limit. There’s no problem getting a permalink. I own the archive. Sure if you want to participate it’s a bit of work, you have to set up a blog somewhere. That’s okay with me. For a little bit of work you get a whole lot of freedom. That’s a good deal.
I whole heartedly agree with Dave’s sentiment. The Web is built on links, content and the relationships created by these entities. It’s one of the primary foundations in getting ranked by search engines and getting discovered by real people.
Social media platforms are fantastic communication tools, but ultimately the majority of their usage revolves around sharing content created by folks who run their own websites. Running your own website gives you ultimate control over your content and as Dave says, that’s a good deal.
So keep curating websites, keep blogging, keep designing, keep developing and keep sharing! All these things make the Web what it is.