I’m starting up a new blog here because I’m finally breaking ranks with Facebook. I’ve been unsettled by their ethics and business model for a while, but finding out they were trying to deflect criticism with the old “paid protesters funded by George Soros” while somehow simultaneously calling criticism anti-Semitic, and pretending to care about the state of democracy and the validity of news sources, was the last straw.
After dabbling a little with journaling on a Commodore 64, I started more seriously writing in the early 90s on a DOS machine. I kept that going sporadically until the web became a real thing. I may still have a copy of that kicking around somewhere. Then I blogged with hand-coded HTML for a while. Then there was LiveJournal, which was nice for a while.
But somehow we all jumped ship for Facebook and Twitter (and then LJ kind of imploded anyway, bought by a Russian company that was decidedly anti-LGBTQIA+ among other things). And with the rise of social media as such… well, you know how that went.
So this blog is something of a way to rewind to before social media was a thing, as such, and give me an outlet where I can write actual paragraphs.
Because unlike Facebook, some of my readers won’t already know me and will find this via my main site or stumble into it via Google, my next post will probably be a proper introduction.