Blogroll

As an act of seeding the open web, I created a blogroll of friends with blogs. Blogrolls are good for all blogs. Interconnectedness makes every blog more valuable.

It wasn’t easy to find living blogs. I had to web stalk a bunch of people. I went through my Feedly subscriptions to find real people. I also combed my Twitter follows.

The blogroll will only be useful on-site at some.gonze.com, and not in RSS. For the sake of inclusion in RSS (just once), here is the list:

Link: “We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites”

(Vice) Personal websites and email can replace most of what people like about Facebook—namely the urge to post about their lives online.

Facebook isn’t really all that much better or more convenient than having your own website, or sending emails or chats. But for some reason, Facebook (and Instagram) are where we post now.

I don’t think personal websites are for the same purpose. Personal sites like this blog will never be the best place to distribute your thoughts to the biggest readership possible.

A personal site is a Moleskine, not a book.

 

Integrated reader

I would like to have an RSS reader built into my blog. It would be integrated with a blogroll.

I’d come here to read and reblog-with-comments, and friends who stop by could use the blogroll to branch off to friends-of-friends.

This would stand in for much of the feature set in decentralized social networks like Mastodon. There must have been many experiments in augmenting WordPress to act as a decentralized social network, but I haven’t seen any.

Blogging and context collapse

Posts in wide-open social media like a blog go to everybody, regardless of their relationships. Church friends and drinking buddies get the same blend of pieties and dirty jokes.

The expected readership for my little blog here is myself, a few friends who use RSS, and search engines. Those are incredibly dissimilar. Search engines will be used by work connections, and I need to use the same formalities as in a meeting. Friends who use RSS will be interested in technology. Between me and myself I am interested in my internal monologue.

Yet on a day to day basis nobody reads this but me, so my internal monologue is all that matters. There’s a mismatch when it comes to search engines and friends who use RSS. It’s a form of context collapse.

Quiet space

This is not a private journal. It’s not secret. It’s not encrypted.

This is not publishing. It is not a place to make my thoughts known. What I write here is for myself.

This is not personal marketing. It is not to make myself known.

Writing in this blog is peaceful. It’s like scribbling in a Moleskin while sitting on a rock in a park where I happen to be the only person. Others might wander by, but they would probably just glance over and go their own way, to jog or have their lunch or write in their own Moleskins.

Silence is resistance

Per Fingertips blog, social media is commercial marketing in the personal sphere:

With so many people trained by social media to be consciously projecting their thoughts and activities into the maw of the attention economy, it’s become difficult to earn the attention of others on the merits of what it is you’re trying to say, even within your own personal network. In this way, long-standing rules of the capitalist marketplace have infected our non-commercial relationships. … We use the word “marketing” to describe that very thing.

Those least interested in being noticed are going to have to teach everyone else how to stop requiring so much attention. How, exactly, can we do this?

I think the answer starts with what comes naturally to us: remaining silent. Being silent in this context is resistance. If people could learn to be silent in this way, refusing to put their words and pictures and emojis and links into the attention economy pipeline, a lot of it would rather quickly and thoroughly dry up.