Long is the lament that "nobody blogs anymore." (Even though you are reading a blog currently. I know. I'm shocked too.) This lament mostly comes from me and my other friends who now, as we rapidly approach 40, wax super nostalgic for what we remember as the golden days of blogging in the early and mid-2000s.
Picture it: There was no Twitter, no Snapchat. There was no Facebook, even. (Yes, a world before Facebook existed.) When people wanted to share their ill-informed thoughts on the world around them, they fired up a blogspot or a livejournal and furiously typed on their keyboards late into the nights (or, if you were me, during a boring desk job when I really should have been working more). Comments were a new thing, and oft-respectful discussions often took place in them, believe it or not. Thoughts were somewhat coherently formed. Blog posts were hundreds of words instead of 140 characters. Real-life relationships and friendships were developed through these platforms. Personal blogging was a thing -- not just blogging about politics or fashion, but about regular old stories and experiences that could happen to anybody.
But now it's 2016, and "nobody blogs anymore." I was interested in exploring why this happened, and why it's so hard to get this world of personal blogs back on the internet. So I (via email) asked four friends who made up the core of my blogging group in the mid-2000s to share their thoughts with me on the topic: What happened to personal blogging as we knew it, and why did it happen?
I'll be sharing their thoughts over the next few weeks. First up are thoughts from Tom (who now blogs here! SEE WE WILL BRING BLOGGING BACK GOT DAMMIT):