Sunday, August 9, 2015

Once upon time we used to blog !

Once upon a time you had to buy your own hosting, choose and install a blogging platform and then start expressing your thoughts to the entire internet.without being have to share your name, your location, your gender, your mutual friends.

Soon it became one of the biggest headaches for many government, some bloggers were jailed or executed. I was living in one of those countries at the time.

I started blogging in 2001, with a blogging platform written in Perl, named GreyMatter, it was quite a DIY project. Later more advanced blogging platforms came, like MovableType.

I participated in developing and translating one of them to Kurdish language...unfortunately I don't even remember the name of that one... but it appears it has vanished from the surface of internet. (ah ...)

Later in the game, more and more people wanted to have blogs, Bigger companies offered us convince of blog as a service, no more backup, no more re-installing and re-uploading your images. 

Blogger provided such a great experience that I switched and I stayed till now and my favorite company of the time, Google bought it.

Today I was loading the blogger console on my chromebook, it took a lot of time to render the page. ( some really outdated crappy javascript was making the page load really slow) 
I look at the blogger console, the last time Google added anything here was adding G+ sharing feature. it feels so abandoned .

Nowadays less people take a lot of time and effort and even risk their life just to share their unfiltered thoughts with the world. everything we share is meant to be judged by our friends, mutual friends or even relatives.

Binding thoughts to identity, profile photo, location, gender, mutual friends, type of music you like, ... to me feels so imprisoning, expressing a new way of thinking has become harder. 
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