I’ve been strangely nostalgic about the golden age of blogging lately. For me, it was financial blogging in the mid-2000’s. I was fortunate enough somehow to be a part of that moment in time, as I wrote a mildly popular, now-defunct blog with opinions on the markets, most of which I’d be completely embarrassed of today.
Back then, it was a daily routine where you would wake up, catch up on the news and latest posts in Google Reader. Then, you’d definitely read Barry, Howard, Josh, Todd and Kevin at Minyanville, and Calculated Risk. If you had a something to write, you would write it, and then wait for lunchtime to see if Tadas would pick you up. If he did, you would then check Sitemeter religiously for a half hour and watch traffic come in and all the hostnames they would come from in like a proud parent. Then you’d read through everything Tadas would link to and see if there was anything good you wanted to respond to, as well as check your trackback links on Technorati and any comments to see who had commented on you. If you had more to write you would publish it before you went to bed and then do it all over again.
In so many ways, platforms like Twitter have made that process and exchange orders of magnitude better, but I’m increasingly struck by how much time we spent writing and thinking back then compared to now. I’m also constantly humbled by the sheer amount of incredibly intelligent people who I have discovered on platforms like Twitter, but sometimes find myself missing the civility, camaraderie, and thoughtfulness of the arguments and conversations in the blogosphere. I’ve met so many new people on Twitter, but still I’m closest with the strangers behind the websites I met while blogging.
Mostly, I’m awed with the realization that 90% of the game back then was showing up. In a world now dominated by hyperactive tweeters and instant takers dunking on one another as they race to flood the zone as quickly as possible, it’s hard to fathom that the scarcity back then was the will to put yourself out there and simply engage. I wonder if the pendulum may begin to swing back towards slower content, as perhaps the scarcity now is resist the urge to instantly engage, and the time to do so thoughtfully.
For me this is the first attempt to dust off the old Typepad and see if I can start regular blogging again — or if this is merely the 2019 version of this post.