In which Piers attempts to explain why he’s not been blogging in years, and makes vague noises about getting back to it again, in the hope that this time his IndieWeb inspired enthusiasm will last longer than a couple of weeks.
It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve been blogging on and (mostly) off since 2004 (at least according to the oldest article on here), and the IndieWeb movement reminds me of those heady days before Facebook, Twitter and the other monoliths scooped up all the bloggers.
It was probably Twitter that killed my regular blogging – before Twitter, if I had something to say, I’d write a blog (or a LiveJournal for more personal stuff) post. Maybe a few days later, someone would reply, or write a blogpost of their own as a reaction and I’d get a pingback. These days, when I blog, my posts sit in splendid isolation, which wasn’t really a thing back in Blogging’s heyday. Spam killed my will to support comments and the growing complexity of blogging software was a real turn off.
I burned out.
I ran this site on Typo, but most of the work I was doing on it was implementing features I didn’t need which made the code slower and harder to understand, so I stepped back just as Twitter started its rise.
I’ve written a few pieces now for Jon Wilks’ new and rather wonderful Tradfolk website. You can find those (and any future articles) at https://tradfolk.co/author/pierscawley/ if you’re interested in my suggestions on how to get started singing without accompaniment and building your repertoire.
I think that’s what’s got me returning to this site frankly. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed writing long-ish form stuff rather than 280 character miniatures.
I suspect that, like every other IndieWeb blogger, I’ll have a few upcoming articles detailing how I make things work here, but there’s a few things in my drafts folder that I want to return to, and probably some discussion of my experiences streaming folk songs every Friday night for the best part of two years now.
Let’s revisit this in a couple of months and see if it’s still the most recent article on the site, eh?