I started this blog because it was fun and interesting and it was a great way to express myself. Today, I do it for the very same reasons, but I also keep it going for idealogical reasons. This blog is punk.
I write here to take and maintain control of my online identity and the words that I write. I write here because I don’t have a say in what happens with my words anywhere else. On Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, or any other social network, my words can be used however that company chooses to use them. They can be used as an advertisement—my tacit endorsement for a product or service that I may not even care about; they can be used for onboarding new users or engaging existing users without my consent; they can be used for profiling me, my preferences, psychological makeup, etc.; they can be used for… well, whatever a corporation in the year 2014 wants to use them for.
This blog is a respit from the corporations and governments that wish to harvest my words for their gain. It is a safe-have from The Algorithm—the filtering and propagation of content based on what sells, or engages, as it were. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. Take Fred Wilson for example:
There is something about the personal blog, yourname.com, where you control everything and get to do whatever the hell pleases you. There is something about linking to one of those blogs and then saying something. It’s like having a conversation in public with each other. This is how blogging was in the early days. And this is how blogging is today, if you want it to be.
In fact, there’s a whole movement centered around this very idea, called the IndieWeb, which bills itself as “a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.” You can’t get any more punk than that.