I’ve been saying this for a long time. Maybe even back before blogs. So, when Tom made his Case for the Crusty Old Website, I couldn’t help but cheer.
“I’m not really trying to be a curmudgeon and reject the new outright, but last week I ran across Chris Glass’ website it reminded me of how much fun I had exploring peoples personal sites just a few years ago. With all the hype surrounding new social networks, a case can and should be made for those, you know, personal websites, that we used to visit. Blogging and the internet is, among many other things, just one big social network.”
Even though I really like the web as it is today, I can’t help but be nostalgic. Personally, I miss putting together little proofs of concepts or silly play-things. And when those sorts of projects do happen nowadays, people tend to give them their own vanity URL, because even the smallest mashups might become something bigger.
Like Tom, I miss exploring the partially organized bits that people have placed online. A blog feels like a stream of content flowing away from me. No matter how many permalinks you have, it won’t be as permanent as the little bits we put together without a Content Management System.
But, well, now I’m feeling like a curmudgeon, too. Like I said, I can’t help but be nostalgic.