The first version of the Technoccult site went live 15 years ago today.
I had thought about putting together some sort of mini-event today to celebrate, but I’ve been a bit too busy with other things. Plus I’m having some trouble deciding what to do next with the site. It’s hard to know exactly what the role of an old fashioned blog in the age of social media. The “link blog” seems like a particularly dated idea today.
Andy Baio recently suggested that there’s been a blogging come-back of late for mid-length content. I like the idea, but most of my writing energy goes into paid work elsewhere. That’s a really good problem to have, but I just don’t have the steam to do much original writing here. I could barely muster the strength to write this post.
Then there’s email newsletters, which as I’ve written have made a comeback. I still like the idea of doing T0 as an “email first” thing with a web archive. But there’s still the question of content and format. Mutation Vectors already feels a bit like a newsletter, and not been posted a lot besides that and links to the podcast lately, so maybe that’s the way to go.
But it’s not a great format for the dossiers, which I’ve not had time to maintain lately, but which I think could be a useful way of actually organizing and sifting through the mountains of links and information buried in a decade and half’s worth of archives here.
For now, I’ll just keep plugging away as I have for the past few years. But it feels like it’s time for a change.
Anyway, thanks for reading everyone! I hope you’re having a swell new year. Here’s to another 15 years.