Hello world! I’m pretending it’s around 2000, and I’m writing one of my first online posts on Geocities. Ha! Ha! Anyone else remember those days? Oh, it's only 20 years ago.
My voice on the internet has taken so many extra turns since the days of just AOL IM and Windows Live Messenger: Bebo, MySpace, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Weebly, Pinterest, YouTube, WordPress, and, of course, Instagram.
Know what makes me sad? I can’t go back and access so much of that content. I’ve been creating, writing, speaking, and sharing for two decades, and I have very little to show for it. The content I can still access is so scattered. I even deleted years of newbie teacher classroom blogs one night after a little too much wine and self-criticism.
I hear people talk about “starting a blog,” and I chuckle in my head. That’s so 2006! Even though I think a secret part of me misses blogging.
So, here I am. Blog post number one, again.
I want a digital archive. I don’t want all my writing to disappear into Instagram. I want all of my work to be in one place. And, just in case anyone really, really wants to follow my thoughts, I want to give them a fair chance away from the powers of the algorithm.
My plan is to use this blog like a home base for all of my work. I’ll copy my Instagram posts, drop in my YouTube videos, and add in whatever else I’m working on. Maybe I’ll even drip some of my old Instagram posts back in. I just checked I have over 1K posts. I don’t even know where to begin with that. Maybe I’ll make a before-the-blog blog on the side.
First, I’m going to add a few of my most recent Instagram posts. Stay tuned!
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