I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Rediscovering the Personal Site

It’s been an inter­est­ing start to the year to say the least, but one pos­i­tive from it has been the renew­al of my inter­est in both my own blog and the blogs of others.

I’ve been read­ing blogs, or per­son­al sites would prob­a­bly be a more accu­rate term in 2015, since I came across them in my sec­ond year at uni­ver­si­ty in 2006. Back then I loved the idea of peo­ple pub­lish­ing some­thing to the inter­net and quick­ly set my own blog up. I came across a num­ber of great writ­ers who like me were just find­ing their feet in the world of Web 2.0. In the 8 years that have passed since then, I’ve had a num­ber of my own blogs and lost my motivation/desire to post to them all at var­i­ous points in time.
In the ear­ly days of the blog, there was what felt like a strong com­mu­ni­ty. A group of peo­ple writ­ing about what inter­est­ed them in a way which was new and excit­ing. It was inspir­ing to see oth­ers shar­ing in this way and it made me want to do the same. In the years since I left Uni in 2007 there seemed to be a change amongst the blogs I read. They became focused and some­what same‑y in their con­tent, it felt like the blogs lost their per­son­al­i­ties as their authors pur­sued a desire to be bet­ter writ­ers. A few of them man­aged to main­tain the per­son­al­i­ty that drew me to them in the first place, but, many didn’t and as a result the blogs either died off or my inter­est in them waned. It was sad and with that homogenis­ing of con­tent my own inspi­ra­tion and desire to write also dried up.
Over the last few months I’ve start­ed to notice some­thing dif­fer­ent. Per­haps it’s just that my own mind­set has changed, or it could be that I’ve been find­ing a bunch of new sites, or a reac­tion to the likes of Face­book who seem to want to be the inter­net rather than part of it. But the per­son­al site seems to be ris­ing like a phoenix from the flames.
Many of the sites are spe­cialised, with focused con­tent, but they no longer seem to be of one voice talk­ing about the same thing all the time. They have per­son­al­i­ty. The posts, whilst often being focused around a sim­i­lar sub­ject, are var­ied and seem to be a reflec­tion of the peo­ple who write them. It’s both inspir­ing and a joy to read these sites. They might be writ­ing about a pen, a note­book or a new Mac, but they are doing it in a way which is inter­est­ing and engaging.
These per­son­al sites have the pol­ish and high stan­dard that the web in 2015 demands, but they seem to be return­ing to the per­son­al­i­ty and inter­est that was so appar­ent in the the rise of the blog back in the mid naugh­ties. It’s refresh­ing and I’m thank­ful for it. I applaud those behind it and I hope it con­tin­ues long into the future.