Rebooting One Final Time

Blogging is dead.
That’s why I’m still around doing it.

I have never really been an early adopter or someone who really liked to follow popular trends. When people were wearing bell-bottoms, I put on normal pants, when people started sculpting their hair into formidable pieces of art in the 1980s, I cut mine short, and when more and more people flocked to Facebook, I left.  If it hits a nerve, I’m there, but if it doesn’t, I’m out faster than a fart in a tropical storm, never to return. This attitude, as idiosyncratic as it may seem in the 21st century, has actually saved me so much time that I’ve often got plenty to spare.

In one form or another, I have kept at least one website around these past 20 years and more, just for the hell of it, as a virtual playground and a way of spending time away from work or just to relax. Many of those have disappeared, others were held in limbo, were moved or integrated here or there until, finally, they died a quiet death.

Today, with a simple click of a button, I first cancelled many accounts I had lying and flying around the Internet and I deleted every trace of other websites I still had stored away somewhere, all the backups, the relevant folders on my PC, … everything.

From several thousand posts I wrote since sometime in the middle 90s when I first went online, what you see here is all that survived. A few hundred. Some of the fat still needs to be trimmed, but now that is live again, I’ve got plenty of time for that down the road.

That blogging is dead has been said many times and has never really been true, but although some people I know still do it, some even very regularly, most of my circles have migrated to social networks like Twitter (the only one I still use on a daily basis) and have often let their once lively blogs go stale. Whenever I hit those blogs I have read for ages, even the ones with a steady and regular posting schedule, I noticed that reader interaction has been on a steady decline. Where there were once lively discussions, today there’s mostly silence. The debate has moved elsewhere.

Still, whereas over on I had commenting disabled, here on I have switched it on again. On top of that, aside from a shiny new coat of paint, plus a little restructuring and streamlining, not much else has changed. I still intend to keep a rather steady posting schedule around here, something that worked pretty well on (but not around here), only to be interrupted when my job pushes itself into the foreground, something which happens three or four times a year for a few weeks.

In the coming weeks, I’ll review the software that made it possible to integrate two sites into one, the new theme I am using and a few plugins that were essential both in the moving process and in the streamlining of this site. I will also start integrating various “mini sites” I would like to keep around. The first one will be the small “Anthony Vadala (Mr. V) Memorial” site, I just don’t know in which form or format yet. There are a few others, but I’ll let you know once they have settled in here. The last thing I would like to set up are some photo galleries, but I’ll take my time doing so.

So, in the end, the old is pretty much like the new, and blogging is still alive and well around here.

Hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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