It’s taken a few weeks, but I’ve slowly managed to gather as much of my web presence as was feasible into this new location on Micro dot blog. No easy feat, considering I have posts that date clear back to 2006 (!) Some came from the venerable Blogger; some from Tumblr; and a bunch from Wordpress, Squarespace, and Instagram. But they’re all here now, and all mine. See, a lot of those former locations were like locked boxes, trapping my content on their servers like prisoners. Not anymore; the chief reason for the switch was to allow me to fully own my stuff — to have it located on my drive first, then uploaded to the web second. That way, should anything untoward befall the hosting service, the ISP, or even the internet itself — all the posts, all the pictures, all that personal history is still right here, safe and sound for posterity. The majority of old posts I had to delete were rendered useless by the links having rotted away ages ago. It makes me sad that so much of the cool art and artists I linked to, the amazing YouTube videos, the fascinating conversations have disappeared forever. I suppose I could spend even more of my time playing necromancer on the Archive, but that’s not the point. The point is we are in danger of losing vast stores of knowledge and insight from it’s origins on the World Wide Web, due primarily to surrendering it to walled gardens and corporate silos that care only for our eyeballs as advertising targets, not for the beauty and wisdom of our shared history here on the Internet.
Here are a few old posts whose links or content I was able to salvage. I hope you enjoy a little trip to the past: