AKA So Long LJ and thanks for all the friends
Well, it’s been a year since I started posting on LJ. It started with a post about my New Years resolutions for 2007. To recap:
1: Drink lots and lots of coffee (inspired by Seattle)
2: Drink wine frequently, but moderately (inspired by medical research)
3: Blog (inspired by )
4: Learn to play drums (inspired by )
How did I do? Well, 1-3 were totally hit. Number 4 I haven’t started on. But tells me there is still time. He’s comin’ over for a late visit this evening, maybe I can get a crash course.
There was one other thing I promised myself in 2007 – no buying new media. I largely honored this promise, using the services of the local libraries and those fabulous Swedes at the Pirate Bay to supplant my need for shiny discs in shrinkwrap. We did end up buying a few movies/games for the kids (Flash Gordon and Barbarella, those are kids movies right?).
Onward to 2008. Man, this decade is flying by. I almost wrote ‘flaying’, which is not particularly unapt a description. Seems there has been lots of change, and lots the same. The web has finally turned out as Microsoft’s worst nightmare – a platform that renders the OS largely irrelevant. They held it up for almost ten years, the bastards. Just like they did with Unix. But we’re free now. Barring a government mandate that all citizens use Microsoft software protocols and technologies, their ship has sailed. Now we just have to keep a keen eye on Apple to see that they don’t try to get away with the same shit.
Now about that web platform, specifically as it pertains to social networking and personal journalling/blogging. 2007 saw a lot of growth and action in that area. It’s rapidly expanding popularity attracted some serious investments and some nefarious attempts at cash-in. It continues to evolve so rapidly that I’m not really comfortable relying on any one site or meme. A large percentage of social network participants seem to feel the same way, flitting from site to site, posting on multiple networks. One-way instant messaging (like Twitter) plus a blog/forum seems to be a very common combination these days.
I embrace that combination, but I’m also looking for more sense of control. So for 2008 I’m moving my blogging off-network. Well, off LiveJournal anyway. I’m setting up a place to journal on my own site, complete with forums and whatnot. I’m hoping to be able to tie in to Open ID to make it easy for members of LJ and other forums to correspond with my journal. And I’m hoping that the foaf project and it’s use of emerging network technologies like the Semantic Web and RDF will make it easier for everyone to publish anywhere they want and still be found and referenced by a community of friends and followers without the need to be bound to any particular social network.
So, even though I’m leaving LJ (at least as a journaller) my New Years resolution for 2008 is:
1: More networking, done more openly.
Hope to see y’all out there!