Blog Nostalgia

When I think about how the Internet has evolved over the past decade, one of the things I find the most fascinating is how social interaction has changed.  When I was in high school, everyone had AOL Instant Messager (AIM), many people had LiveJournals, and MySpace was around.  I stayed away from the MySpace scene, but I talked to a lot of classmates and read LiveJournals and stuff pretty regularly, and of course, toward the end of high school, I started this blog (which, in its infancy was at digitalgamingzone.com/philspage and was running on Grey Matter instead of WordPress).

When Facebook came along, it changed the dynamic.  A lot.  People stopped updating LiveJournals, and for those that hadn’t yet abandoned AIM, Facebook chat became the thing.  I am also guilty of most of this.  Between Facebook statuses and Tweets, I find myself with very little to write about here on my blog.  I used to update this thing once every few days, and now it’s maybe one or two times a month.  And it’s not that I don’t have anything to say; rather, it’s that I say the things I have to say very succinctly on Facebook or Twitter and then leave them be.

What I really miss though are the blogs.  The LiveJournals.  Being able to read about friends’ lives.  That used to be fascinating, you know?  There is so much that a person is willing to share when given a blank sheet of paper and no general sense of direction.  You can learn a lot from them and about them in a way that you can’t from reading a 140 character Tweet or a simple little Facebook status.  To further that point, I could’ve simply tweeted “I miss reading my friends’ LiveJournals” instead of writing this post, but it just doesn’t have the same effect.