It’s so nice — in fact, unbelievably nice — to be getting comments on the blog again (hi Brian, Colin and Kifa!). I’m tempted to say, just like the good old days, but then comments haven’t exactly disappeared. They are still well and alive on Facebook and Instagram, but why does it just feel different?

Maybe because this is my very own place and like many others have mentioned before, it takes effort for people to find their way to personal websites / blogs like this. That’s why it’s almost sweet when someone puts in the work to write a comment. Alright, it’s very sweet!

So thank you for your comments. It’s really nice to be connected this way. Again. =)

New plans for the website

Well, I don’t have anything lofty planned really. But the idea, moving forward, is to continue to use this website as a repository for my thoughts and my internet identity. It will also continue to be my private playground, my own little corner of the neighbourhood in this crazy place called The Internet where I can document my obsessions and do pretty much anything I want.

I’ll continue to write for the newsletter but it will now be decoupled from the posts on this website. Posts here are now blog posts as opposed to what used to simply be copies of the content on my newsletter. Blog posts here will be long or short. They will be about anything under the sky. I’ll try to write as often as I can, but there are no rules.

PS: If you have a website/blog too, I’d love to hear from you and get connected!

The old internet

The old internet — the internet we first fell in love with — was a weird and wild and unregulated country. It was experimental, free for all, exhilarating, creative. The browsers in those days did not yet need to worry about mobile formats, so people were able to make the coolest, most interesting websites. The sky was the limit and Macromedia Flash would bring us there.

There were no algorithms, no big tech companies trying to gobble up and then sell our data, no surveillance. The oddest friendships happened, because the internet allowed people from opposite ends of the world to find each other based on their common interests (and often via their wonderfully kooky little websites).

The internet still allows for great innovation and connection today, but it’s just not the same. Social networks like Facebook and Instagram and Twitter constitute “the internet” for many people, but they are not. They are only a pale version of what was and what could have been. The social-network-internet of today is best understood when you hold in your mind the image of a faceless person scrolling down a screen endlessly for all of eternity, but yet for whom satisfaction never comes.

But the internet is still here and there might come a day when things get decentralised again. I don’t know if that might ever come to pass but for now we can take back the internet by going back to creating our own websites and blogs and even newsletters and relying less, far less, on the cursed social networks.