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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

If Blogging Surges in 2023, Then That's One Thing I Can Thank Elon For

Monique Judge: Bring Back Personal Blogging

Watching the demise of Twitter under the helm of Elon Musk has made me nostalgic for the personal blogging days. The decline of Twitter with the current erosion of legacy media has left me thinking we need to bring personal blogging back with a vengeance.

And:

The biggest reason personal blogs need to make a comeback is a simple one: we should all be in control of our own platforms.

And:

Trolls only thrive in an environment where they are allowed to run around unchecked, and that is what most of social media is. There are plenty of tools that allow you to keep those people out of your comments while still allowing those who appreciate your words, thoughts, and content to fellowship with each other in a community of your own design.

Yes to all of this. I think social platforms are valuable as well, as I think there is value in being able to chat in a common space, as well as the cost benefits of being able to post things and not worry about the cost of hosting that stuff. For example, I don't post many videos to this blog because the hosting costs would add up and I don't want to pay that much to host them. And I'm fortunate enough where I can even think about paying for that hosting, for many people it's out of the question.

But yes, if you can, I do recommend setting up a blog and seeing how you like it. It's not for everyone, but I've been doing this for 13 years now: I started when it was cool, then it wasn't, and I'd be very happy if it made a comeback.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.