I’ve been thinking about the future of this site a lot lately. It’s been on my mind for at least a few months, but with my impending move and new, post-college life, I’ve been trying to organize everything and this site keeps popping up in the question mark category.
On August 25th I’ll be celebrating my 7th recorded year here at forever-digital. I say recorded because the older posts were somehow lost wayyy back in the day when I was a n00b and still fighting with the likes of greymatter (Remember those days? Ancient times, indeed!). That’s a REALLY. LONG. TIME. A third of my life, in fact.
But, the sad thing is that posting here for 7 years has really become my only motivation to continue posting here. Why stop now? Will I regret stopping? Will stopping make these past 7 years all for naught?
The why stop now question is the only one I have a definitive answer to and that answer is leading me closer and closer to closing the doors, so to speak. You see, with all of these newfangled modes of communicating and recording, I find that I have less and less to talk about when I actually sit down to write something here. I’ve been updating Twitter pretty frequently for the last 2+ years. My flickr stream is almost always current and a good representation of what I’ve been up to. And then there are my Tumblr and delicious (and now even my Google Reader activity) which collect all of the miscellany I find in my travels on the interwebs.
With all of this fragmentation, I’m left with little to talk about here, especially now that school is over and I likely won’t be talking much about what I’m doing at work until after the fact. This blog has always served as more of a personal diary or journal. I’ve gone off on tangents here or there, but for the most part I consider it a time capsule of my high school and college years. With those years behind me and with so many other services out there to cover my incessant need to share and collect and record, this blog has become a bit of a relic.
I think it would be fun to have a fresh start. A place where I can write about whatever suits my fancy without taking away from the dairy aspect of this site and where I don’t need to worry about people stumbling upon my horrendous use of 14-year-old teeny bopper internet speak to talk about the kewl thingz i did in skool that day!!! :) :) :)!!!1! But, the sentimentalist in me doesn’t want put this place out to pasture.
I do have some ideas for what I would like to do with a new blog, should I decide to finally cut the cord and move on. I even found a domain I’ve had lying around that would fit the bill (another part of mission:organization – finding domains that I forgot I had!). I suppose the only thing that’s stopping me from moving on is that same fragmentation that’s leading me to move on in the first place.
I don’t like fragmentation. I like things to be neat and organized. Documented and easily accessible. An organized mess.
Right now I just have a mess. A mess of services and updates and usernames and accounts and it’s just all over the place. I think the only thing I have going for me is the Yahoo! Pipes stream I set up a few years ago to funnel the majority (if not all) of my online activity into one neat little feed. Had I been gifted with a bit more foresight, I would have sent all of that activity to one place so that it was archived for posterity in a nice timeline of internet nerdery and growing up. But, alas, I was not that insightful.
Which leaves me right back where I started. Do you see my dilemma? I’ve been on this loop for a while and I’d really like to make a decision, and soon. Any words of wisdom?